Melrose Mayor Rob Dolan and Malden Mayor-Elect Gary Christenson faced off in the studios of WFNX on Thursday morning for the radio show's regular "My Song is Better Than Your Song Contest," in what the station billed as its first Battle of the Mayors.
Dolan and Christenson each selected a song and had 30 seconds to advocate for their song, after which each was played and WFNX listeners called in or weighed in on the station's Facebook Page to vote.
Christenson got on the radio hosts' good side by bringing in homemade ravioli from Prisco's on Ferry Street and sushi from All Seasons Table, before introducing his song—Feeder's "Just The Way I'm Feeling"—by saying that "government is complicated ... and it's simply the way I'm feeling."
Dolan said that he advocates shopping local, so he was "shopping local with The Pixies," the influential group that got its start in the Boston area, adding, "Since this a backroom brawl, let’s pick something from the soundtrack of Fight Club," he said before picking The Pixies' "Where Is My Mind?"
After the dust settled, Dolan emerged victorious and will return next week to defend his title again (he first won with U2's "Bad"), although not without having a little fun at his own expense at one point. He mentioned that he attends Melrose Boot Camp and can't do an exercise called "burpees."
"I think my arms are too short," he said.
Melrose Boot Camp's Joy Fay said on Twitter, "Let's just say burpees aren't his gift ... but give him a jump rope and watch out!"