A new feature is going to launch properly this coming Saturday. It’s a variation on something I’ve seen used elsewhere but it’s such a brilliant and fun concept that it’s being adopted for this little corner of t’internet.
The idea, however, is not my own. The genius who suggested it is a reader of old, jimdoes:-
top 2 from each group goes through to finals
qualification to the 32 ICA finals (where we have 8 groups of 4)
Reading the e-mail on the i-phone put a big grin on my face and my brain went immediately into overtime, so much so I almost missed my train stop.
Jimdoes’ idea is fantastic but the suggestion of groups to get it down to the knockout stage feels like too much work, and besides I don’t think I’m alone as a football fan in preferring the drama of pure knockout. So, with his agreement, the rules of the competition have been revised a bit and firmed up to avoid dubiety.
There have indeed been 130 separate bands and artists featured within the ICA series. However, Morrissey has been disqualified on the grounds that his human rights record in recent years has been absolutely abysmal (as indeed have his musical records).
This leaves just 129 in the field, and all we need is 128 to have a straight knockout. So one ‘team’ has to removed in a preliminary round. This is taking place today, with the remaining rounds played on the following dates.
Round 1 : 64 knockout ties : 16 ties on each of Saturdays 13, 20 and 27 January, and 3 February
Round 2 : 32 knockout ties : Four each on Saturdays 10, 17 and 24 February; 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 March
Round 3 : 16 knockout ties : Four each on Saturdays 6, 13, 20 and 27 April
Round 4 : 8 knockout ties : Two each on Saturdays 4, 11, 18 and 25 May
Round 5 : Quarter Finals : Saturdays 1, 8, 15 and 22 June
Round 6 : Semi-Finals : Saturdays 29 June and 6 July
The final itself will take place on Saturday 14 July, which is 24 hours before the final of the 2018 World Cup.
The numbers 1-150 (except #96 and #97) will go into the hat. Once a team is drawn out, their other numbers become ineligble (e.g, if #137 : The Fall (2) comes out, then #29, #144 and #147 cannot be included).
Fresh draws will be made at each stage of the competition so as to avoid folk looking to work out the route their own favourite would have to negotiate to reach the final.
The songs to be chosen from each ICA will emerge from a two-step process:-
(1) A coin will be flipped to determine if the song is from Side A (heads) or Side B (tails)
(2) A dice will be rolled to determine which track is to represent the particular ICA.
ONCE A TRACK HAS REPRESENTED A PARTICULAR ICA, IT WILL NO LONGER BE ELIGIBLE TO APPEAR IN FUTURE ROUNDS
Voting, other than for the preliminary round, will be open for 6 days. In the event of a tie, the Blogfather (i.e, JC, has the casting vote).
Votes must be cast via comments underneath the appropriate post. Only one vote will be allowed per IP address. Votes will close at midnight, UK time, on the Friday after the tie(s) have been announced. The winners in each instanc will be revealed at some point over the weekend.
Hopefully, this all makes perfect sense….and so without any further ado, here’s the details of the preliminary tie to reduce the field to 128:-
#115 : Talking Heads v #93 : Close Lobsters
Wow!!! A transatlantic clash between two of the dark horses. A mouth watering-tie is in prospect. Time to flip the coin and roll the dice for the tracks that will go head-to-head:-
Born Under Punches (from the LP ‘Remain In Light’ 1980)
Let’s Make Some Plans (single, 1987)
Get voting. All votes must be in by Friday 12 January, at midnight UK time.
Tune in on Saturday for details of the initial 16 ties in the 1st Round. The draw has already been made but is being kept under wraps. Let’s just say, it has thrown up some intriguing battles. Some of the pre-tournament favourites will be departing the scene almost immediately.
JC and jimdoes
PS : I should have said that this new bonus series will appear in conjunction with the regular Saturday series of Scottish songs – I’ll be posting them around 30 minutes apart.