March Madness

 Now for something completely different… and irrelevant.  There’s been a trend on blogs the last few years to apply the competition and excitement of NCAA basketball’s March Madness to music (or whatever).  In 2010, The Flaming Lips were big in the action.

As in past years, Wayne Coyne was in the running at Okie blog  In 2008, he made it to the final four (losing to KOKH local news reporter Lauren Richardson) and last year he lost to the Thunder Girls.


This year, he beat the Doritos prostitute, than beat Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow in overtime, only to lose to Rascal racers, also in overtime…

Wayne Coyne vs. the Doritos prostitute and Rascal racers???

Come on, the guy wrote the state rock song!!  In other words, these blog competitions say more about the readers of the blogs (had the Ogle Madness voters not discovered the excellence of “Do You Realize???”)  than anything else.  Case in point, at The Flaming Lips’ attributed cover of Pink Floyd’s “Time” lost in the first round to Perpetual Groove’s take on Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” (apparently, who ever set up their “Cover Wars” didn’t realize it’s actually Stardeath and White Dwarfs that remade “Time”).  Meanwhile, over at – despite one of the site’s nomination rules being the band “had to be created past 1985” –  The Flaming Lips (publically active since 1983) made it all the way to the championship (beating Cat Power, Modest Mouse, Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver along the way) only to face off against… wait for it… Arcade Fire!  Who planned this whole thing out?  

It’s a shame Arcade Fire beat Deerhunter in the sweet 16 round, because the latter surely would’ve whipped Grizzly Bear and Wilco (well, at least as well as Arcade Fire did) which would’ve put them up against The Flaming Lips for the championship.  Now that’s a match-up:

Competitions are for horses, not artists.
– Bela Bartok

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