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
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
The Feelies v Paul Quinn
Big Audio Dynamite v The Streets
Talk Talk v Death In Vegas
Sonic Youth v Billy Joel
PJ Harvey v Malcolm Ross
Associates v Edwyn Collins
This is the tie that the TV companies made a mad dash for:-
LCD Soundsystem v New Order
The Cramps v Shit Robot
Deacon Blue v The Wedding Present
The Police v Captain Beefheart
The Charlatans v The Mekons
Saint Etienne v The Sugarplastic
Tilly and The Wall v Orange Juice
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!
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.
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.