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Forget March Madness! The real action is at this '80s band tourney



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Just when you thought your work productivity had hit the skids with the NCAA men's basketball tournament, here comes another version of March Madness that's far more fun. And controversial.

Beyond the first unofficial "Top Band of the '80s Tournament." Click here to download and print out the full bracket, which was conceived by SIT80s fan Mark Seaman, who chose the bands and decided on the seedings. (I helped a little.)

Here are the top four seeds: U2, Duran Duran, Police and R.E.M. Each one of them faces an easy first-round opponet ( Bananarama, Wham, Air Supply and The Cult). 

Only groups are included -- no single artists. And you can debate all you want on who was left off. I like how the Beastie Boys and Run-DMC would face off in the third round (assuming each band can get past Metallica and the Smiths, etc.)

Print it out and drop us a comment on who your final four are, any upsets, or other comments. Click here to download my personal completed brackets.

Read more about Mark's methodology after the link:

Here's what Mark says about the picks and seedings, in his own words: "In 2005, I was a graduate assistant at the University of Houston.  When we should have been working, me and my fellow grad assistants spent hours debating whether "Blazing Saddles" or "Young Frankenstein" was the best Mel Brooks movie.  A few years later, I read  "The Enlightened Bracketologist: The Final Four of Everything," a book edited by Mark Reiter and Richard Sandomir. That book argued that using a bracket was the best way to make decisions."

"In my own narrow definition, I'm excluding solo acts as well as groups that start with someone's name (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Huey Lewis and the News, etc).  When my NCAA basketball bracket was busted last weekend, I was reminded of this 80s group bracket and thought I'd share it with my "Stuck in the 80s" friends.

"I'm sure I'll take a beating because of the seedings (which were your suggestion!) but also I'm sure I've left off somebody's favorite band (Oingo Boingo, Talk Talk, Triumph, Midnight Oil, Crowded House come to mind), but I've tried to include some representatives from many of the 80s genres.  Just for the record, I'm a big fan of what Sean Daly calls Euro-trash, but I didn't include some of my own fav 80s bands such as Heaven 17, Haircut 100, Ultravox, Berlin, etc. (I did put Spandau Ballet on there just for Sean!).  Anyway, everyone is encouraged to fill out a bracket and see who comes out on top.  When I filled mine out, my final pairing was The Police vs. Duran Duran with the Duranies winning in a photo-finish."

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:57pm]


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