Tori Amos beat up on Echo & the Bunnymen 78-22
Tom Waits crushed the Pretenders 74-22
This Mortal Coil bounced Yaz(oo) 51-31
Indigo Girls sent Pavement home 71-26
Analysis: From the beginning these games weren't close, which perhaps accounts for some of the lower overall scoring. None of these results came as a surprise, though we did think that The Pretenders would have stayed in the game longer than they did. The committee was sad to see Yaz go, leaving only New Order, who plays today, and Erasure, who plays on Saturday from the synth-pop (sort of) conference. This Mortal Coil was a real hard matchup, and if Yaz had had a better draw they might have gone much deeper. Instead Alison Moyet will be watching the games online, we can only assume. Vince Clarke, being half of Erasure, is still playing (against Joy Division on Saturday), but we suspect not for long.
We're most interested in the relatively low score of the Yaz/TMC game. Do those low numbers suggest, as one of the wine-drunk commenters noted, that neither of those songs are likely to contend against Indigo Girls in the second round? Or is it that the songs were so sad people couldn't bear to vote?
As to where this leads us: Tori Amos will meet Swans in the second round in an emotional matchup. Tom Waits takes on The Cure in an apparent mismatch. And Indigo Girls will play This Mortal Coil.
Today we've got one of the great sad bands, Magnetic Fields, against a probably outmatched The Church, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds against what might be a very underseeded Smashing Pumpkins, New Order taking on Lilith Fair mastermind and ASPCA champ Sarah McLachlan, and a tricky matchup between Bjork and Jeff Buckley.