Time to update Rawk the Puck! as the conference semifinal round is just about ready to be put to bed -- but there's still time to vote, with a bobblehead and a couple of CDs to be drawn from among the entrants, so join in and make your picks (Results, and conference final tunes, will be posted early next week, and expect some heavyweights to show up). For now, though, it's the judges' turn to render their ballots and smart-alecky remarks.
EAST CLASSIC RAWK CONFERENCE
|ERIN COMBS/TORONTO STAR|
|Marley: The judges' choice, live in T.O., 1976.|
Gorillaz, Rock the HOUSE (b-w the Clash, CAPITAL Radio) *Ottawa*
Bob Marley, BUFFALO Soldier (b-w Neneh Cherry, BUFFALO Stance) *Buffalo*
BASKETBALL JONES: J.E. Skeets: I wish Buffalo's selection was that "The Bills Make Me Want To Shout" song. Gorillaz in 7. Upset! Tas Melas: Although the buffalo may be stronger of the two animals, gorillas don't get enough credit for there smarts. Gorillaz to out outwit the Buffaloes.
VANCOUVER CANUCKS OP ED: Marley wins. It's hard to understand why this was even a competition. It's the Marley spirit - Fighting for survival!
MIKE CHEN: Gorillaz. Why? Cause Gorillaz is the brainchild of Damon Albarn from Blur. Blur is one of the best bands to ever come out of England and the leader of the 1990s Britpop explosion (screw you Oasis). Sorry Bob Marley, you're respected and influential and all that, but that ain't Blur in my book.
ACID QUEEN: Bob Marley, no contest. Pass the ganja, mon.
MARK FREEDMAN: A bunch of cartoons vs. a reggae god. Got to go with the legend, even if it's likely Bob Marley never saw a hockey game.
JABS: Gorillaz are cool and catchy – but man, that’s Bob Marley out there! This isn’t even close, even with Neneh "Don" Cherry weighing him down.
CARLA MacDONALD: Ugh. “Capitol Radio” remains the only listenable choice for me among these four, but it’s now only a lowly B-side. I don’t like reggae but I haaaaaate the Gorillaz, so Marley gets the (grudging) nod by default.
The Smiths, Handsome DEVIL (b-w Johnny Cash, DEVIL to Pay) *New Jersey*
The Roots, HURRICANE (b-w Neil Young, Like a HURRICANE) *Carolina*
CARLA: No question, here: The Smiths. I couldn’t even bear to listen to that whole Roots song. (A better battle is between the B-sides, though… I mean, c’mon. Johnny vs. Neil. Talk about being stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea if I hadda make THAT choice!)
MARK FREEDMAN: British 80's indie rock vs. veteran urban rappers from Philly. Talk about two groups who likely know nothing of the sport of hockey. The Pope of Mope leads them to victory.
BASKETBALL JONES: J.E. Skeets: The Roots sweep. It's 'What they do... what they do... what they do..." Tas: A strong matchup. But the combination of both new age and experience has the Roots & Young running this meeting.
JABS: Closer than the first pairing but it's a weak Smiths’ effort (they don't backcheck, those boys) going up against a crack ensemble effort. Roots go through.
ACID QUEEN: "Handsome Devil" always reminds me of the love of my life, who broke my heart and vanished on me years ago. Even though I like The Smiths, I can't listen to that song without becoming depressed and reaching for the mint chocolate chip--so I'm going with Roots on this one.
VANCOUVER CANUCKS OP ED: Smiths. Sure, they're sometimes depressing, but that really works for us. And that song... it's almost "optimistic" for those guys. We're Canucks fans - we live for optimistic moments.
MIKE CHEN: The Smiths. Everyone bow down to the awesome power of Morrissey and Johnny Marr. The only person who might be able to contain them is David Bowie. Speaking of the Thin White Duke...
WEST INDIE RAWK CONFERENCE
|Moby: Pregame meal, hold the beef.|
David Bowie, STARMAN (b-w Teenage Fanclub, STAR Sign) *Dallas*
Moby, OIL 1 (b-w Talking Heads, SLIPPERY PEOPLE) *Edmonton*
BASKETBALL JONES: J.E. Skeets: Bowie's 'Starman' in 5, Seu Jorge's version in 4. I dig the Brazilians (and red toques). Tas: Slippery People is a great title don't you think? I like it a lot and Moby is great to make fun of so let's keep him around.
MIKE CHEN: Now, I like Moby and all, but David Bowie is a god among musical gods. Bowie's influenced so many of my favorite bands, it's not even funny -- and unlike many long-time artists, his new stuff (post-Earthling) is actually pretty darn good. And he's really freakin' funny in his interviews.
ACID QUEEN: Going with Bowie (and showing my age).
MARK FREEDMAN: Without Bowie there would be no Moby. The savvy vet wins this one.
VANCOUVER CANUCKS OP ED: Has to be Starman. First, Oil 1 drives me nuts; if only Honey was the choice, the outcome might have been different. Second, you never want to disappoint David Bowie.
CARLA: I’ve never liked that ponce, Bowie. Thin White Duke, my arse. Sounds like Moby gives a nod to Donna Summer on the vocals in his song and “Love to Love You Baby” still makes me larf whenever I hear it. Using the transitive rule, therefore, Moby wins. (Admittedly, my math skills were never really up to snuff.)
JABS: Moby bores me. The wise old glam god romps 4-straight.
This FIRE, Franz Ferdinand (b-w Streets of FIRE, New Pornographers) *Calgary*
MANEATER, Hall & Oates (b-w SHARK Sandwich, Spinal Tap) *San Jose*
MARK FREEDMAN: This Fire is out of control, gonna burn this horrible horrible song.
CARLA: I’m going to vote for Hall & Oates not because I like ‘em but because nobody will even REMEMBER Franz Ferdinand in five years and we’ll STILL be stuck hearing “Sara Smile” on ‘70s-centric FM radio when we drive through the midwest wastelands.
JABS: Quirkiest series yet. H&O due for a critical renaissance one of these years, we’re just not there yet and this is the wrong tune for it. Glaswegians can really skate, win in 7.
VANCOUVER CANUCKS OP ED: How much I really, really hated that Maneater song in grade school. But I still remember every word of it, so that must mean something, right? On the other hand, we're digging Ferdinand - catchy beat, can (almost) dance to it. Okay, so we have to pick Ferdinand. At least that way I can look myself in the mirror tomorrow.
BASKETBALL JONES: J.E. Skeets: I once broke an XO Karaoke table while belting 'This Fire'. Best $85 I ever spent. Franz in 5. Tas: Now this is a battle. However, it's difficult to bet against the combo of Franz and the New Pornographers. Hockey relies very much upon teamwork and they seem like a solid tandem that would put on a great show.
MIKE CHEN: Franz Ferdinand. Indie rock destroys cheesy 80's pop any day of the week.
ACID QUEEN: Showing my age again and going with the song that I listened to all the time in Grade 6.