Tournament of Hands, Round Four


Ago 28 2008, 5h23

Round Four of the Tournament of Hands is now upon us. This time the eight tracks I was left with after Round Three are winnowed down to a mere four. Can you taste the excitement?

1. Relax (Come Fighting) by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
2. The Message by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
Difficulty: ****
Winner: Melle Mel
Comments: Because, apparently, Grandmaster Flash himself was only involved with the record-scratching part, and didn't do any rapping himself, and this song is actually really a Grandmaster Melle Mel number. (There's at least two MC's that I can hear, possibly more, but Wikipedia won't tell me more than that.) Anyway, "Relax" is a kickass track but still not a real favourite of mine.

3. Take Me Away by Fefe Dobson
4. As Good as New by ABBA
Difficulty: *****
Winner: Ms. Dobson
Comments: Apparently I prefer the newer sounds of Fefe Dobson to the somewhat stale sounds of disco-era ABBA. Whoda thunkit?

5. What If We Don't Get What We Want? by 13 Engines
6. The Killing Moon by Echo & the Bunnymen
Difficulty: ****
Winner: Lucky 13
Comments: Am I just getting tired of "Killing Moon", perhaps? I'm reminded of some critic's contention that Echo & The Bunnymen were a watershed in the history of new wave, because after they came out everyone realized things had just gone too far and there was a backlash. This is one of their best songs, but it's run out of steam, in this tournament at least.

7. Bus Stop by The Hollies
8. Future Call by Jill Cunniff
Difficulty: *****
Winner: Hollies
Comments: Sixties pop manages to beat more modern and dynamic pop, but for how much longer?

Things are really getting down to the wire here. Who do you think will come out on top?


  • JoeIsListening

    My favorite remains The Hollies, not so much for the group as the songwriting power of Graham Gouldman. If the UK had had a Brill Building, he would have been the head writer. Listen to the wordplay in this one and tell me that Andy Partridge and Declean McManus didn't hear this one as young lads, late at night on their wireless sets.

    Ago 28 2008, 14h56
  • alfvaen

    I suspect it'll come down to Hollies vs. Grandmaster Flash, and I can't tell you who'll win that one, because they're both good but in such different ways. (I remember when "classic rap" was a punchline. Not any more.)

    Set 2 2008, 5h10
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