(6) Peter Gabriel, "Don't Give Up"
It's hard not to fascinate on the videos, since they're embedded here below, but we'd suggest that you pay attention to the song, not the screen. We know that's hard. For instance we couldn't get the idea out of our head, watching this, how weird it must have been to film this, just one long embrace, maybe you do a couple takes of it, and how long is it comfortable to embrace someone, especially someone who's not (presently) a lover, on camera no less, and apparently rotating, with the green screen in the background? It's not exactly sad, this consideration of staging and discomfort, and anyhow, who wouldn't want to embrace both Peter and Kate, maybe sneaking in there to join the snuggle? It's true that this is essentially a song of consolation or support, and maybe that makes it less sad, but the committee admires the way it turns away from the major chords at the end, and how pitiful it seems when it's just Peter's verses. We doubt Peter Gabriel is going to be a serious threat going deep into the tournament, but you never know. Odds are even whether he gets by Ride here to play the winner of Sinead O'Connor & Orchestral Manouevres in the Dark.
(11) Ride, "Vapour Trail"
Not much video here to distract you, as is the case for a lot of the shoegazey bands. This one falls under the melancholic beauty fork of the sadness bracket, and is beautifully washed-out. Robert Burton, in The Anatomy of Melancholy, writes: "How doth the fire rage, that merciless element, consuming in an instant whole cities? What town of any antiquity or note hath not been once, again and again, by the fury of this merciless element, defaced, ruinated, and left desolate?" What can last against everything's tendency toward disorder and erasure?