BONUS SERIES : THE ICA WORLD CUP : ROUND 1 (Part 1)

Feel free to have the video on loop as you make your selections. You don’t have to vote on all ties, but the more entries, the more fun!

The first 16 ties in Round One offer some very, very tasty match-ups; all of the songs came out via the coin and dice method and there was no match-rigging. There are a number of very tough choices facing everyone.

Deadline is Friday 19 January, midnight UK time. Results will be officially announced on Sunday 21 January.

The Lemonheads v Spoon

Hospital (from Car Button Cloth, 1994) v Waiting For The Kid To Come Out (from Soft Effects EP, 1997)

The Indelicates v Kitchens of Distinction

The Last Significant Statement To Be Made In Rock n Roll (from American Demo, 2008) v Japan to Jupiter (from Folly, 2013)

Butcher Boy v The Magnetic Fields

Imperial (from Helping Hands, 2011) v How Fucking Romantic (from 69 Love Songs, 1999)

The Feelies v Paul Quinn

Loveless Love (from Crazy Rhythms, 1980) v Stupid Thing (single by Paul Quinn & The Independent Group, 1993)

Big Audio Dynamite v The Streets

E=MC2 (from This Is Big Audio Dynamite, 1985) v Has It Come To This (from Original Pirate Material, 2002)

Talk Talk v Death In Vegas

Happiness Is Easy (from The Colour of Spring, 1986) v Dirge (from The Contino Sessions, 1999)

Sonic Youth v Billy Joel

I Love You Golden Blue (from Sonic Nurse, 2004) v Piano Man (from Piano Man, 1973)

PJ Harvey v Malcolm Ross

The Wind (from Is This Desire?, 1998) v Radio Drill Time (single by Josef K, 1980)

Associates v Edwyn Collins

This is the tie that the TV companies made a mad dash for:-

Breakfast (1985)

Keep On Burning (1997)

LCD Soundsystem v New Order

Yeah (Crass Mix) (12″ single, 2004) v Blue Monday (12″ single, 1983)

The Cramps v Shit Robot

I Wanna Get In Your Pants (from Look Mum, No Head, 1991) v I Got A Feeling (from the Cradle to the Rave, 2010)

Deacon Blue v The Wedding Present

The Outsiders (from The Hipsters, 2012) v Always The Quiet One (from Take Fountain, 2005)

The Police v Captain Beefheart

Invisible Sun (from Ghosts In The Machine, 1981) v Circumstances (from Clear Spot, 1972)

The Charlatans v The Mekons

The Only One I Know [acoustic version] (from Warm Sounds EP, 2011) v Teeth (from 7″ EP, 1980)

Saint Etienne v The Sugarplastic

How We Used To Live (from Sound Of Water, 2000) v Don’t Look Down (from The Powderpuff Girls soundtrack, 2000)

Tilly and The Wall v Orange Juice

Falling Without Knowing (from O, 2008) v Felicity (single, 1982)

As I said, get listening and get voting. The next 16 match-ups will be revealed next Saturday- and if you think the above lot were tough, just you wait!

 

STOP PRESS

With only one tie in the preliminary round, it was possible to declare a result very soon after the final whistle blew on what proved to be a titanic struggle over 60 hours.

The 12 noon kick off on Wednesday clearly suited the American art rockers as they raced into a 10-6 lead following the opening exchanges over the first four hours.  The Scots beat combo fought back tenaciously, and shortly after 8pm they took the lead for the first time when DG’s contribution made it 15-14.  This only seemed to rile the fans of Byrne & co and by half-time, at 6pm on Thursday, they had opened up a substantial lead with the score being 27-20 in their favour.

The Heads came out after the break looking to kill things off and scored the next three goals; the difference was now 10 and seemed unassailable.  The Lobsters, however, came back under the cover of darkness with five unanswered goals between 11pm and 4am – the gap was down to five with only the final third of the game left to play.

The boys from the small town a few miles south-west of Glasgow set about their task and momentum seemed to be on their side and  three Friday night goals saw the margin down to just one as we entered the final 60 minutes…..during which, incredibly, nobody added to their tally.

The final whistle brought an enthralling and exciting match to a close with the scoreboard showing :-

Talking Heads 31  Close Lobsters 30

The New Yorkers, despite scoring only one goal in that final third, had managed to hold on.  The decisive intervention came at 6.37 pm, with Ian saying ‘Talking Heads. Back of the Net.’  We will be hard pushed to get such a frantic match again in the remainder of the competition….or will we?

The reward for the winners is a home tie against Massive Attack in Week 2 of Round 1. Good luck with that one.

Huge thanks to everyone for such a great response.  I hope the interest can keep up over the next 27 Saturdays.

JC

PS : The Saturday Scottish Song was originally posted as planned, but it made for a very long read when combined with the above.  I’ve taken it down with a view to re-posting it one day next week….and that will likely be the case for the regular series while the World Cup is in progress.

47 thoughts on “BONUS SERIES : THE ICA WORLD CUP : ROUND 1 (Part 1)

  1. OK I’m going to get in early. But I am devastated by the LCD Soundsystem vs New Order match up. Like asking me if I want cream or custard that I want both.
    Anyway in order of those I really want to win
    Lemonheads KoD the streets Div Sonic Youth PJ Edwin LCD (just) Shit Robot Wedding Present Charlatans Saint Etienne Tilly.
    Swc.

  2. Next up, and with a newly awakened interest in the game I’ll focus on the most interesting matches.
    Winners are: Paul Quinn, Talk Talk, PJ Harvey, The Associates, New Order, St Etienne and Orange Juice.

  3. great idea…and surely this round will be a nightmare to work out??
    for what its worth: lemonheads / talk talk /PJ Harvey / Edwyn Collins/ New order/Orange Juice

  4. here goes
    Lemonheads
    Kitchens of distinction
    Butcher boy
    Feelies
    Big Audio Dynamite
    Death in Vegas
    Sonic Youth
    PJ Harvey
    Edyn Collins
    New Order
    The Cramps
    Wedding Present
    The Police
    Mekons
    St Etienne
    Orange Juice

    Already murdering my darlings

  5. This is already difficult.

    Spoon.
    KOD
    Mag Fields
    Paul Quinn
    BAD
    DiV
    Sonic Youth
    Malcolm Ross
    Edwyn
    New Order
    The Cramps
    Wedding Present
    Beefheart
    Mekons (based on the song choice offered, Charlatans would have won if it had been the single version)
    St Etienne
    Orange Juice

  6. Lemonheads
    Kod
    Butcher boy
    Paul quinn
    Bad
    Talk talk
    Billy joel (as the original ica was so convincing)
    Pj harvey
    Edwyn coll
    Cramps
    New order
    Deacon blue (because they will get tanked and deserve a consolation goal)
    Police
    Mekons
    Orange juice
    Saint ettiene

  7. Some really tough choices, but that’s the luck of the draw.
    Spoon
    Kitchens of Distinction
    Butcher Boy
    Paul Quinn
    Big Audio Dynamite (One of the goals of the round nominees)
    Death In Vegas
    Sonic Youth
    Malcolm Ross (a close fought match if ever there was one)
    Edwyn Collins (not at his best, but Breakfast was quickly dealt with_
    New Order
    The Cramps
    The Wedding Party
    The Police (with their only shot on goal)
    The Charlatans
    Saint Etienne
    Orange Juice (I had Felicity down for scoring the winner in the final)

  8. Lemonheads
    Indelicates
    Magnetic Fields just beating the plucky underdog
    Feelies
    Big Audio Dynamite
    Talk Talk – on penalties after a turgid 0-0 draw
    Sonic Youth
    PJ Harvey
    Edwyn Collins – after extra time
    New Order
    Cramps -highest scoring tie of the round
    Wedding Present
    Police -an instantly forgetable match
    Mekons
    Superplastics – shock of the round
    Orange Juice

    Some of the big boys will be bowing out early doors – such is the romance of the cup

  9. Lemonheads
    KoD (will I find myself voting against my own contributions? not this time…)
    BAD
    Talk Talk
    Billy Joel (ha! Really!)
    PJ Harvey
    New Order
    Cramps
    Wedding Present
    Police
    Charlatans
    Saint Etienne
    Orange Juice

  10. The Lemonheads
    The Indelicates
    Butcher Boy
    Paul Quinn
    Big Audio Dynamite
    Talk Talk
    Billy Joel
    Edwyn Collins
    New Order
    The Cramps
    Deacon Blue
    The Police
    The Charlatans
    The Sugarplastic
    Orange Juice

    SC

  11. Winners of First Round Ties:
    Spoon
    Kitchens Of Distinction
    Magnetic Fields
    Paul Quinn
    Big Audio Dynamite
    Talk Talk (a very cerebral match)
    Sonic Youth
    Malcolm Ross
    Associates (a very polite match)
    New Order (there were quite a few yellow cards in that one)
    Cramps
    Deacon Blue
    Captain Beefheart
    The Mekons
    Saint Etienne
    Orange Juice

  12. Goin’ with:
    Spoon
    Kitchens Of Distinction
    Butcher Boy (because JC personally handed me a treasured BB 7″)
    Feelies
    B.A.D.
    Talk Talk
    Sonic Youth (ageism?)
    PJ Harvey
    Collins
    LCD Soundsystem (who are New Order again?)
    Cramps
    Wedding Present
    Police
    Mekons
    The Sugarplastic
    Orange Juice

  13. Lemonheads
    Kitchens of Distinction
    Magnetic Fields
    Feelies
    BAD
    Death In Vegas
    Sonic Youth
    PJ Harvey
    Edwyn Collins
    LCD Soundsystem
    Cramps
    Wedding Present
    Police
    Charlatans
    Saint Etienne
    Orange Juice

  14. Spoon
    Kitchens of Distinction
    Butcher Boy
    The Feelies
    BAD
    Talk Talk
    Sonic Youth
    Malcolm Ross
    Associates
    New Order
    The Wedding Present
    The Police
    The Charlatans
    The Sugarplastic
    Orange Juice

  15. Hey JC
    I listened to all of them in order yesterday afternoon – they make a surprisingly good mix – there wasn’t one that was skipped – some tough choices were made but here’s my results…

    Lemonheads
    Indelicates
    Butcher Boy
    The Feelies
    BAD
    Death In Vegas
    Sonic Youth
    PJ Harvey
    Edwin Collins
    New Order
    Shit Robot
    Wedding Present
    The Police
    The Charlatans
    Sugarplastic
    Orange Juice

  16. Some of us just don’t have the time to sit down and play a whole load of tunes during the day………..ok, that doesn’t hold for me………here goes:
    Spoon.
    The Indelicates
    The Magnetic Fields
    The Feelies
    The Streets Death In Vegas
    Sonic Youth
    PJ Harvey
    Edwyn Collins
    LCD SOundsystem
    The Cramps
    The Wedding Present
    Captain Beefheart
    The Mekons
    The Sugarplastic
    Orange Juice
    Can we have an independent inquiry into the Police vs. Beefheart match, there is surely evidence of massive bribery here to influence what the bookies had as an easy win for The Captain

  17. Lemonheads
    Kitchens Of Distinction
    Butcher Boy
    Paul Quinn
    Big Audio Dynamite
    Death In Vegas
    Sonic Youth
    PJ Harvey
    Edwyn Collins
    New Order
    Cramps
    Wedding Present
    Captain Beefheart
    Charlatans
    Sugarplastic
    Orange Juice

  18. Lemonheads
    Kitchens Of Distinction (Bathrooms Of Notable Splendour?)
    Butcher Boy
    The Feelies
    (Discovered The Feelies late last year, so they win at the moment)
    Big Audi Dynamite
    (BAD vs The Clash may have been a tough tie. As it is against The Streets, BAD romp it)
    Talk Talk
    Billy Joel
    (Piano Man is a brilliant tune, and the short bloke from New York wins it)
    PJ Harvey
    Associates
    New Order
    (Blue Monday may be the most obvious, overplayed NO track, but one forgets how good they really were. The track itself may not win, but the history ensures progression)
    Cramps
    Wedding Present
    The Police
    (Great band, not as annoying as history and hyperbole would have us believe)
    Charlatans
    St Etienne
    Edwyn Collins

  19. Lemonheads
    Indelicates
    Butcher Boy (maybe they will regret this stand out performance so early)
    The Feelies
    BAD
    Talk Talk (surprising result but Dirge was a poor performance for me)
    Sonic Youth
    PJ Harvey
    Associates
    New Order
    Cramps
    The Wedding Present
    Police (my fav track of theirs)
    Charlatans
    St Etienne (I know what you said about saint v st)
    Orange Juice

  20. What a brilliant concept, mate, congratulations! Alas I was too busy last week and just discovered it, otherwise I’d have voted for The Close Lobsters! Some of the “matches” above could be compared to what we can expect in the ‘real’ world cup later this year, rather boring in fact and you wouldn’t stay up late to watch them anyway, a bit like Serbia vs. Panama, if you know what I mean! Others were just brilliant, nearly in a true Brazil vs. Germany 2014 semi-final – style (game ended 1:7, just in case you forgot …:-)).

    Either way, here you are:

    Spoon
    Indelicates
    Butcher Boy
    Feelies
    B.A.D.
    Talk Talk
    Sonic Youth
    PJ Harvey
    E. Collins
    New Order
    Cramps
    Wedding Present
    Cpt. Beefheart
    Charlatans
    St. Etienne
    Orange Juice

    Very glad to see that The Cramps – at least as per today – clearly seem to be heading towards the final rounds: apparently I have convinced at least a few people with my ICA!

  21. Lemonheads
    KOD
    Butcher Boy
    Feelies
    B.A.D.
    Talk Talk
    Sonic Youth
    Malcolm Ross
    Edwyn Collins
    New Order
    The Cramps
    Wedding Present
    Captain Beefheart
    Charlatans
    Saint Etienne
    Orange Juice

  22. Great Idea. First round winners for me.
    Spoon
    KoD
    Butcher Boy
    Paul Quinn
    BAD
    Talk Talk
    Sonic Youth
    Malcolm Ross
    Associates (after extra time)
    New Order
    Cramps
    Deacon Blue
    Capt Beefheart
    Charlatans
    Saint Etienne
    Orange Juice

  23. Lemonheads
    Kitchens Of Distinction
    Butcher Boy
    Paul Quinn
    Big Audio Dynamite
    Talk Talk
    Sonic Youth
    Malcolm Ross
    Associates
    New Order
    Shit Robot
    Wedding Present
    Captain Beefheart
    Charlatans
    Saint Etienne
    Orange Juice

  24. Not that difficult, surprisingly apart from St Etienne, don’t like that song so no vote there.
    Indelicates
    Magnetic Fields
    Paul Quinn
    The Streets
    DiV
    Sonic Youth
    Pj Harvey
    Edwyn
    New Order
    The Cramps
    The Wedding Present
    Captain Beefheart
    The Charlatans
    Orange Juice

  25. Not perhaps the most sensible thing to have sat here and listened to all these straight after returning from a weekend away…
    Lemonheads
    Kitchens Of Distinction
    Butcher Boy
    Paul Quinn
    Big Audio Dynamite
    Talk Talk
    Billy Joel (yes – gave Sonic Youth 60 seconds of a tuneless intro before plumping for a pleasant-ish Joel ditty)
    Malcolm Ross
    Edwyn Collins (really tough call that one)
    New Order
    Cramps
    Wedding Present
    Police
    Charlatans
    Sugarplastic (a rare Saint Etienne tune that I’m not that fussed about causes a shock defeat)
    Orange Juice

  26. Lemonheads
    Kitchens of Distinction
    Butcher Boy
    Paul Quinn
    BAD
    Death in Vegas
    Billy Joel (You’ll have to do better than that to beat the mighty Billy)
    Josef K (Malcolm)
    Edwyn Collins (very tough call)
    New Order (playing best track first round, risky strategy)
    Cramps
    Wedding Present
    Police (another leading with best, and only winning track)
    Mekons
    Saint Etienne
    Tilly and the Wall (made easier by Edwyn’s earlier win)

  27. Lemonheads
    The Indelicates
    Butcher Boy
    Paul Quinn
    BAD
    Talk Talk
    Billy Joel
    PJ Harvey
    Associates
    New Order
    Cramps
    Wedding Present
    Police
    Charlatans
    Saint Etienne
    Orange Juice

  28. The Lemonheads
    The Streets
    Talk Talk
    Billy Joel
    PJ Harvey
    Edwyn Collins
    New Order
    Deacon Blue
    The Police
    The Charlatans
    Saint Etienne
    Orange juice

  29. Deep breath
    The Lemonheads
    Indelicates
    Butcher Boy
    BAD
    Death in Vegas
    Sonic Youth
    Malcolm Ross
    Edwyn
    New Order
    Wedding Present
    Charlatans
    St Etienne
    Orange Juice

    Missed a couple out where i didnt like either

  30. Spoon
    Kitchens of Distinction
    Butcher Boy
    Paul Quinn
    BAD
    Talk Talk
    Sonic Youth
    Malcolm Ross
    Associates
    New Order
    Cramps
    Wedding Present
    Police
    Mekons
    Sugarplastic
    Orange Juice

    Cheers, Jim

  31. Lemonheads
    Kitchens of Distinction
    Butcher Boy
    The Feelies
    Big Audio Dynamite
    Death in Vegas
    Sonic Youth
    PJ Harvey
    Associates (tough match, very tough….)
    (LCD Soundsysten v New Order was a no score draw)
    The Cramps
    The Wedding Present
    Captain Beefheart
    The Charlatans
    St Etienne
    Orange Juice

  32. My votes:

    The Lemonheads
    Kitchens of Distinction
    Butcher Boy
    The Feelies
    Big Audio Dynamite
    Talk Talk
    Billy Joel
    PJ Harvey
    Edwyn Collins
    New Order
    The Cramps
    The Wedding Present
    The Police
    The Charlatans
    Saint Etienne
    Orange Juice

  33. Nice. I found a place where my vote matters. Here are the winners:
    Spoon
    Kitchens of Distinction
    The Magnetic Fields
    Paul Quinn
    The Streets
    Talk Talk
    Sonic Youth
    PJ Harvey
    Associates
    New Order
    The Cramps
    The Wedding Present
    The Police
    The Charlatans
    Saint Etienne
    Orange Juice

  34. I must apologise – all this football jargon is making this contest very difficult for a non-footballer to follow. I thought we were doing each round one at once (which, admittedly might have taken forever… but I’ve got the time).

    Anyway, judging by the above, I presume I’m expected to pick a winner from the battles listed above, so…

    Lemonheads
    Indelicates
    Magnetic Fields
    Feelies
    Streets
    Death In Vegas
    BILLY JOEL
    PJ Harvey
    Edwyn Collins
    LCD Sound System
    Cramps
    Wedding Present
    Captain Beefheart
    Charlatans
    Saint Etienne
    Orange Juice

  35. Here goes:

    Lemonheads
    Kitchens
    Butcher Boy (poor MF song made this an easier choice than expected)
    Paul Quinn
    Streets
    DIV
    Sonic Youth
    Malcolm Ross
    Associates
    New Order
    The Cramps
    Weddoes (though DB song was nowhere near as bad as I expected, and might have even enjoyed it!)
    Beefheart
    Mekons (that Only One I Know version is rubbish, given its a song I’ve long loved)
    Saint Etienne
    Tilly and The Wall (going with the underdog as it’s the equivalent of an EPL side playing a full strength team v Vanarama Conference)

  36. Cheers Rol.

    To do it one contest at a time would have taken a staggering 128 weeks (or more than two and a half years!!)

    The plan is to whittle it down quickly from 128 to 64 – this will be done over four weeks. After that, there will be a maximum of four ties per week, and we areon schedule to have the final played 24 hours before the World Cup Final itself,taking place this coming summer in Russia.

    Thanks for bearing with me….I know it’s asking a lot of folk to participate on such a grand scale, but that’s why I’m saying that votes don’t need to be cast for all matches – you can go for as few or as little as you like.

  37. The Lemonheads
    Kitchens of Distinction
    Butcher Boy
    The Feelies
    Big Audio Dynamite
    Talk Talk
    Billy Joel (don’t tell anyone I even listened to this)
    PJ Harvey
    Edwyn Collins
    New Order
    The Cramps
    The Wedding Present
    Captain Beefheart
    The Mekons
    Saint Etienne
    Tilly and The Wall

  38. Lemonheads
    Kitchens
    Paul Quinn
    The Streets
    DIV
    Billy Joel
    Malcolm Ross
    Associates
    New Order
    Cramps
    TWP
    Police
    Mekons
    Neither
    Orange Juice

  39. The Lemonheads
    The Indelicates
    Butcher Boy
    Paul Quinn
    BAD
    Death In Vegas
    Sonic Youth
    Josef K
    Edwyn Collins
    New Order
    The Cramps
    The Wedding Present
    The Police
    The Mekons
    The Sugarplastic
    Tilly And The Wall

    Thanks JC – looking forward to the next batch.

  40. Spoon
    Kitchens
    Butcher Boy
    Paul Quinn
    The Streets
    Death in Vegas
    Billy Joel
    Malcolm Ross
    Associates
    New Order
    The Cramps
    The Wedding Present
    The Police
    The Mekons
    Saint Etienne
    Orange Juice

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