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    Battle of the songs - meta-battle. The epic continues.

    Come on, don't pretend like you don't miss it now it's finished. Where would Off Topic be without a thread to debate the merits of arbitrarily chosen songs in an overly-earnest manner? Up a gum-tree without a paddle, that's where!

    We've had two battles thus far: Kyle's classic-rock orientated original & steds's more eclectic follow up, with its mix of indie, big bands, 80s post-punk pop & (in the case of Toto) irredeemable crap. The Clash's immortal clarion-call London Calling emerged triumphant in the former & Crowded House's lovelorn epic Don't Dream it's Over took the honours the second time around.

    Agree with the winners? No, thought not. So what better way to decide what is officially the greatest song of all-time than to put the last 16 from both battles up against each other in a battle to the death?

    The last sixteen from Mr Wright's original were:

    Let It Be – The Beatles
    Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles
    Heroes – David Bowie
    Space Oddity – David Bowie
    London Calling – The Clash
    Blowin' In the Wind – Bob Dylan
    Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
    Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix
    Piano Man – Billy Joel
    Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
    Lola – The Kinks
    You Really Got Me – The Kinks
    Stairway to Heaven- Led Zeppelin
    Smells like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
    Better Man – Pearl Jam
    My Generation – The Who


    & from steds's sequel the chosen 16 were:

    What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
    Ashes to Ashes – David Bowie
    Hurt - Johnny Cash
    Flame Trees - Cold Chisel
    Don't Dream It's Over – Crowded House
    The End - The Doors
    Our House - Madness
    Beds are Burning - Midnight Oil
    Blue Monday - New Order
    Fairytale of New York - The Pogues
    My Way – Frank Sinatra
    This Charming Man - The Smiths
    Fool's Gold - The Stone Roses
    Golden Brown - The Stranglers
    Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
    Africa – Toto


    For the first round I've drawn one song from the first battle to play one song from the second; in sebsequent rounds the draw will be totally random.

    Alles klar? Good. Ok, let the first battles commence:

    My Generation – The Who v Hurt - Johnny Cash

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    London Calling – The Clash v The End - The Doors

    Suibtably heavyweight match-ups to kick things off, IMHO.
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    I'm tempted not to vote due to the constant slating of Toto. (and still can't hear any substantial difference in crapness between Africa and, say, Fool's Gold.)

    Nevertheless..

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    I'll go for My Generation, because I nearly always favour originals over covers. For the second, I vote for London Calling. I love The Clash and can't stand The Doors.

    Dire thread, tbh
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    I'm refusing to vote on this one, given that Killing In The Name somehow got beaten by a song by a band I've never heard of. Even by my standards, that's poor.

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    Great thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes View Post
    I'm tempted not to vote due to the constant slating of Toto. (and still can't hear any substantial difference in crapness between Africa and, say, Fool's Gold.)
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