Just as the college basketball tournament came to a close around midnight last night, so too did our Cover Wars March Madness tournament. But unlike the basketball game, which came down to the final shot, our tourny didn’t come down to the wire as Perpetual Groove’s cover of the Talking Heads’ This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) handily defeated Phish’s cover of the Skynyrd classic The Ballad of Curtis Loew by a wide margin (62% to 38%).
Naive Melody has been covered by dozens of bands over the years, which makes the victory all the more impressive. PGroove’s cover won big in every round defeating the Flaming Lips’ cover of Time in the first round 61% to 39%, trashing Primus’ take on The Devil Went Down to Georgia in the Sweet 16 73% to 27%, demolishing GUTML’s Godzilla cover 80% to 20% in the Elite 8, before winning big over Umphrey’s McGee’s Can’t You Hear Me Knocking in the Final Four 74% to 26%. At no point was PGroove’s win in question.
Thanks to all of our readers who took the time to vote. Over 1,000 votes were cast and from the looks of the comments, it seems that most voters voted for the best cover as opposed to just picking their favorite band. Congrats again to Perpetual Groove for taking the title. The group is currently gearing up for their Amberland Festival which takes place at Cherokee Farms in La Fayette, Georgia on Memorial Day weekend.