BONUS SERIES : THE ICA WORLD CUP : ROUND 1 (Part 3)

This week’s title sequence is not from any World Cup programme, but it is a classic…

I was going to go straight into a rundown of the scores from last week, but given what happened I think some commentary as an introduction is essential.

Unlike week one, a number of these ties were right in doubt till the final few hours, albeit there was no late mad rush to the polls that swung things really dramatically.  The lead in three of the contests – ACR v Arab Strap, Lambchop v Martha & The Muffins and Supergrass v Wire changed hands quite a few times; in the case of the last named, the scores were level some 24 hours out from close of play.  Indeed, at 7.45 pm, it was still neck-and-neck when the final vote of the day – just one of five submitted on the Friday, came in courtesy of our old friend Jacques the Kipper who I know had no idea just how close things were proving to be. His call for the Artschool Veterans proved decisive..

Gemma Ray 15  The Lightning Seeds 31
The Woodentops 18  The Go-Betweens (2) 26
Mission of Burma 4  The Smiths 41
A Certain Ratio 18 Arab Strap 24
Supergrass 22 Wire (2) 23
Queens of the Stone Age 8 The Fall 36
Elvis Costello & The Attractions 20 Half Man Half Biscuit 27
Prefab Sprout (2) 28 The Blue Aeroplanes 16
Beach House 16 British Sea Power 33
Magazine 32 Prince 13
Lambchop 25 Martha & The Muffins 19
Everything But The Girl 32 The Libertines 12
Kanye West 12 SBTRKT 19
Talking Heads 28 Massive Attack 19
The Twilight Sad 12 Pavement 32
The Orwells 10 Pete Wylie 32

As expected, there were relatively easy passages for some of the big names.  In the week that Mark E Smith shuffled off this mortal coil, it seemed fitting that his band took their place in the last 64 – it should be noted that The Fall were already comfortably ahead when the sad news came through and I don’t think any of the votes subsequently cast were out of sympathy.

I think it’s fair to say that each of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Prince and Massive Attack would have, pre-tournament, hoped and possibly expected to have advanced to the latter stages only to get really tough assignments.

Moving now onto the third part of Round 1; I think its fair to say that the TV companies were spoiled for choice with a few of the really big crowd-pleasing names having to face off, but in the end the featured match really is something of a no-brainer.

Deadline is Friday 2 February, midnight UK time. As ever, please don’t feel you have to vote in all 16 instances.

The Wondermints v The Jesus and Mary Chain

Another Way (from Mind If We Make Love To You, 2002) v Reverence (from Honey’s Dead, 1992)

Joe Strummer v Julian Cope

Sleepwalk (from Earthquake Weather, 1989) v Try Try Try (from 20 Mothers, 1995)

The Pipettes v Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

Pull Shapes (from We Are The Pipettes, 2006) v Forest Fire (from Rattlesnakes, 1984)

The Jam v T.Rex

Happy Together (from The Gift, 1982) v All Alone (from Futuristic Dragon, 1976)

Billy Bragg v The Faces

St Swithin’s Day (from Brewing Up With Billy Bragg, 1984) v Miss Judy’s Farm (from A Nod’s As Good As A Wink To A Blind Horse, 1971)

The Housemartins v Gene

The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death (from same, 1987) v Cast Out In The Seventies (b-side,1997)

Foil v Emiliana Torrini

Let It Go Black (single, 1996) v Life Saver (from Fisherman’s Woman, 2005)

The Jayhawks v The Farmer’s Boys/The Higsons

All The Right Reasons (from Rainy Day Music, 2003) v It Goes Waap!! by The Higsons (single, 1981)

R.E.M. v Radiohead

USA v UK.  Stipe v Yorke; Buck v Greenwood; And the toss of the coin and roll of the dice hasn’t made it any easier:-

Perfect Circle (from Murmur, 1983)

No Surprises (from OK Computer, 1997)

Elbow v The Skids

The Birds (from Build A Rocket Boys!, 2011) v Masquerade (from Days In Eurpoa, 1980)

Underworld v Ride

Beautiful Burnout (from Oblivion With Bell, 2007) v Like A Daydream (from the Play EP, 1990)

Carter USM v Dwight Yoakam

Re-educating Rita (b-side, 1990) v Two Doors Down (from This Time, 1993)

Pulp v Tindersticks

Pink Glove (from His ‘n’ Hers, 1994) v Kathleen (single, 1994)

The The v Simple Minds

Armageddon Days Are Here (Again) (from Mind Bomb, 1989) v Someone, Somewhere In Summertime (from New Gold Dream, 1982)

The Velvet Underground v The National

I’m Waiting For The Man (from The Velvet Underground & Nico, 1967) v Slow Show (from Boxer, 2007)

Friends Again v XTC (2)

Honey At The Core (single, 1983) v I’d Like That (from Apple Venus Vol 1, 1999)

The final part of Round 1 will be unveiled next Saturday, by which time everyone should just about have their breath back from the above matches.  Don’t worry, you’ll be hyperventilating again soon, with arguably the best two ties of the lot still to be revealed.

JC

49 thoughts on “BONUS SERIES : THE ICA WORLD CUP : ROUND 1 (Part 3)

  1. Wondermints
    Joe Strummer
    Lloyd Cole
    Billy Bragg
    Housemartins
    The Jam
    Emiliana Torrini
    REM
    Simple Minds
    Ride
    Velvet Underground
    XTC
    …and can’t wait for next week to see who OMD and the Trashcan Sinatras come up against. Too bad about Martha and the Muffins….no more CanCon.

  2. The Jesus and Mary Chain
    Joe Strummer
    Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
    The Jam
    Billy Bragg
    Gene
    R.E.M.
    The Skids
    Tindersticks
    Simple Minds
    The Velvet Underground
    XTC

  3. Some very tough choices here. Missssspellingkfdf of Mr Yoakam implying maybe that he’s something of the underdog in that tie?

  4. Wondermints
    Joe Strummer
    Lloyd Cole
    The Jam
    Billy Bragg
    Housemartins
    Emiliana T.
    Higsons
    Radiohead
    Elbow
    Ride
    Carter USM
    Pulp
    Simple Minds
    Velvets
    XTC!

  5. OK based on the songs alone here we go
    JAMC
    Cope
    Pipettes
    Trex
    Bragg
    Gene
    Foil
    Jayhawks
    Radiohead
    Elbow
    Ride
    Carter
    Pulp
    Simple Minds
    The Velvet Underground
    XTC.
    TB

  6. Julian cope
    Lloyd cole
    jam
    billy bragg
    housemartins
    REM (that one was a final surely?)
    elbow
    pulp
    VU
    XTC

  7. Phew, a few hard choices again in this round …:

    – JAMC
    – Joe Strummer (yes, I know it should be songs only, but I simply can’t vote against Joe, can I? Wonder what I’d had done if The Clash would have come up instead of Julian Cope!)
    – Lloyd Cole
    – Jam
    – Billy Bragg
    – Housemartins
    – Foil
    – Jayhawks
    – REM (now, this was a hard one indeed, ‘cos I dislike both combos intensely! REM win, but only by of a penalty kick they got because of a wrong decision by the referee in the very last second of the game!)
    – Skids
    – Ride
    – Carter USM
    – Pulp
    – The The (albeit both songs were no good imho …)
    – Velvet Underground
    – Friends Again

  8. JAMC.
    Strummer (tough game, both sides wearing heavy boots and kicking lumps out of each other)
    Lloyd Cole
    The Jam
    Billy Bragg
    Gene
    Emeliana Torrini
    THe Kayhawks
    REM (6 nil although Stipe was well offside for at least 2 of them).
    Skids
    Underworld
    Carter- by a whisker, not too fussed about this game.
    Pulp
    The The
    The VU
    XTC

  9. Wondermints
    Julian Cope
    Lloyd Cole (wonder if they will regret playing their star striker in an early round)
    The Jam
    Billy Bragg
    Housemartins (result would have gone the other way if about the band
    Foil (last on match of the day)
    Farmers Boys
    Radiohead (streaky win based on fact one of few of their songs i really like)
    Elbow
    Ride
    Carter (dark horse for a 1/4 final place)
    Pulp (weak song but saved by the fact thati have never really got the tindersticks)
    Simple Minds (tie of the round but the SM song means they get it in extra time)
    National
    Friends again

  10. Some clear cut matches here, although one or two where the ‘role’ of the dice has had a strong bearing.
    Jesus & Mary Chain
    Joe Strummer (since I picked all the tracks, I knew everyone was a game-winner)
    Lloyd Cole – though he may have played his strongest side here
    The Jam
    The Housemartins
    Emiliana Torrini
    The Jayhawks
    R.E.M. from my favourite era of the band
    Skids
    Underworld
    Carter USM
    Tindersticks
    The The – a scrappy game, as both sides can do better, and with The The just getting through, I believe better will come
    The Velvet Underground who have strength in depth
    Friends Again

    Some interesting bands have fallen by the wayside here, and given a better draw, could have been contenders.

  11. here we go…….
    JAMC
    Julian Cope
    Pipettes
    The Jam
    Billy Bragg
    Housemartins
    Foil
    Higsons
    Radiohead
    Skids
    Underworld
    Carter
    Pulp
    The The
    Velvet Underground
    XTC

  12. Toughest draws yet.

    After careful consideration…

    JAMC (I do like the Wondermints a lot, but tough competition)
    Julian Cope
    Lloyd Cole
    T-Rex (not sure I’ll be able to show my face round these parts again now: I love The Jam, but I preferred that T-Rex song)
    Billy Bragg
    The Housemartins
    Emeliana Torrini
    The Jayhawks
    BLOODY HELL. Normally REM would walk it, but against No Surprises? Radiohead.
    Elbow
    Ride
    Carter
    Pulp
    The The
    Velvets (dammit!)
    XTC

  13. Partly based on the songs and partly based on my own prejudices

    Wondermints – some negative feedback for the East Kilbride boys
    Cope – sorry Joe your team mates were missing in action and the Arch Druid played a blinder
    Lloyd Cole -not heartbroken on this occasion
    T Rex – a bitter pill to have to swallow
    Billy Bragg – despite Rod’s alleged”football prowess”
    Housemartins -Hull back in the top fliight
    Emiliana – another case of Iceland punching above their weight
    Jayhawks -easy win over the Tractor Boys
    REM -despite a strop by Stipe
    Skids – fired up by walking out to Into the Valley
    Underworld v Ride boring 0-0 draw
    Dwight – putting that Ralph Coates sweep over to good use
    Tindersticks – for covering Townes
    Simple Minds – winning despite starting brilliantly then fading badly
    Velvets -experience counting
    XTC – just

  14. JAMC (no contest, and Reverence is one of my fave Mary Chain tunes)
    Julian Cope
    Lloyd Cole
    Jam
    Faces (after a long penalty shoot-out, 20 pens a piece, the winning kick going in off the post)
    Housemartins (another shootout, only a failed Rabona show-off kick seperating the two)
    R.E.M. (let’s face it, you never expected me to vote any other way, did you?)
    Elbow (the song wins it)
    Ride
    Carter USM
    Pulp
    The The (wanted to vote for Simple Minds, but it came down to the songs again and Armageddon Days is better)
    Velvets
    XTC

  15. The Jesus & Mary Chain
    Julian Cope
    Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
    The Jam
    Billy Bragg
    The Housemartins
    Foil
    The Higsons
    Radiohead (due to the scenes from House in mental institution – loved this song ever since)
    The Skids
    Underworld (Never forgiven Ride for pulling out of Kent Uni gig when I was there)
    Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine
    Pulp
    Simple Minds
    The Velvet Underground
    Friends Again

  16. Wondermints (pleased as punch this wasn’t a shutout)
    Julian Cope (brutal)
    Lloyd Cole and the Commotions (much closer than you would think)
    The Jam
    Billy Bragg
    The Housemartins
    Emiliana Torrini
    The Jayhawks (another close one)
    R.E.M.
    The Skids
    Ride
    Dwight Yoakam (brutal)
    Tindersticks
    Simple Minds (brutal)
    Velvet Underground
    Friends Again (going against XTC will haunt me forevermore)

  17. So, so hard in places! But here goes…

    JAMC (by a light year)
    Julian Cope (no doubt about that one either)
    LC & the Commotions
    The Jam (but only just)
    The Faces
    Gene
    Emiliana Torrini (go, Emiliana, go!)
    F Boys/Higsons
    Radiohead
    The Skids
    Underworld
    Carter USM
    Tindersticks
    Simple Minds (which felt terribly disloyal but based on song choice alone!)
    The National (didn’t like it but I never NEVER need to hear ‘Waiting For The Man’ again….)
    XTC

    Phew…

  18. Wondermints
    Joe Strummer
    Lloyd Cole & the Commotions
    (The Jam v T.Rex tie is cruelty of the highest order…..) T.Rex
    Billy Bragg
    Housemartins
    Emiliana Torrini
    The Jayhawks
    REM
    The Skids
    Ride
    (Carter v Dwight – no score after extra time, i.e. I played ’em both twice)
    Tindersticks
    The The
    The Velvet Underground
    XTC

  19. Jesus and Mary Chain
    Joe Strummer (Tie of the round for me)
    Lloyd Cole (Taking the competition seriously and not underestimating the minnows from the lower leagues)
    The Jam
    Billy Bragg
    The Housemartins
    Emiliana Torrini (0-0 after 22 penalties – won on the flip of a coin)
    Higsons (second of tie in a row that sees a smaller team in the next round)
    REM (Radiohead in fine form but Stipe has the game of his life in goal)
    The Skids
    Underworld (Although I fear that in resting some of their big hitters we’ll see an upset)
    Dwight Yoakim
    Pulp (Never in doubt – with a kind draw they could get to the semi finals at least)
    Simple Minds
    Velvet Underground
    Friends Again

  20. The Jesus and Mary Chain
    Julian Cope
    Lloyd Cole and The Commotions
    The Jam
    The Faces
    Gene
    Foil
    The Higsons
    Radiohead
    The Skids
    Ride
    Carter USM
    Tindersticks
    Simple Minds
    The Velvet Underground
    XTC

  21. Pretty easy this week I thought…

    The Wondermints
    Julian Cope
    Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
    T-Rex
    Billy Bragg
    Gene
    Foil
    The Higsons
    Radiohead
    The Skids
    Underworld
    Dwight Yoakam
    Tindersticks
    The The
    The Velvet Underground
    XTC

  22. JaMC,
    Joe Strummer,
    Lloyd Cole,
    The Jam,
    B Bragg (who my son says sings like he works in a garage, a comment of which I think BB would approve),
    Gene,
    E Torrini,
    Jayhawks,
    REM (not as close as expected),
    Skids,
    Ride,
    Dwight Yoakam,
    Pulp (close),
    The The,
    Velvets,
    XTC.

  23. Listening to Perfect Circle threw up the line “11 shadows, way out of place,”which reminded me of my team trying to catch the Premier League leaders in the cup this afternoon.

  24. Toughest round so far for me……

    Wondermints
    Joe Strummer
    Lloyd Cole
    The Jam (strong track v weak Bolan .Marc should have put up more of a fight)
    Billy Bragg
    Housemartins
    Emiliana Torrini
    Jayhawks
    REM
    skids
    Ride
    Dwight Yoakam
    Pulp
    The The
    Velvet Underground
    Friends Again

  25. JAMC
    Julian Cope
    Lloyd Cole
    The Jam
    Billy Bragg
    Housemartins
    Foil
    Higsons
    Radiohead
    Elbow
    Ride
    Carter
    Pulp
    Simple Minds
    Velvets
    XTC

  26. A very busy weekend, so had to catch up with the songs in small batches – sticking to the “play ’em both, which do I most want to hear again straight after” rule:
    Jesus And Mary Chain
    Julian Cope
    Lloyd Cole (would have beaten most tracks this week)
    Jam (earlier T Rex track could have won out against this one)
    Faces (just wasn’t in the mood for Billy when I listened)
    Housemartins
    Foil
    Higsons
    R.E.M. (much as I like early Radiohead, early R.E.M. will always triumph)
    Skids
    Ride (possibly the trickiest call this week)
    Carter USM
    Pulp
    Simple Minds (at least two The The songs would have made this more difficult)
    Velvet Underground
    Friends Again (once again there are XTC songs that could have won out).

  27. The Jesus and Mary Chain
    
Julian Cope
    
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
    T.Rex
    Billy Bragg
    The Housemartins
    Emiliana Torrini

    The Farmer’s Boys/The Higsons

    Radiohead
    The Skids

    Underworld
    Carter USM

    Tindersticks
    The The
    The Velvet Underground
    XTC (2)

    All the best

  28. JAMC
    Joe Strummer
    Pipettes
    T.Rex
    Faces (difficult one this – they were my two favourite tracks from the 32)
    Housemartins
    Emiliana Torrini
    Higsons
    Radiohead
    Skids
    Ride
    Carter USM
    Tindersticks
    The The
    Velvet Underground
    XTC

  29. Ooh, some tricky choices here.
    Mary Chain
    Saint Julian (sorry Saint Joe…)
    Pipettes – blame Phonogram (the comic)
    the Jam
    St. william
    Housemartins (oh, this one was tough)
    Dont care
    Don’t care (oh, if only Lloyd was drawn against one of these)
    Radiohead (painful)
    Not fussed
    Ride
    Carter
    Pulp
    the The
    Velvets

    Ouch

  30. Just so I’m straight…this is SONG versus SONG, correct? Not artist v artist. Hmmm. In song v song I’m going with…
    JAMC
    Julian Cope
    Pipettes (I can hear the crowd now…)
    The Jam
    Faces
    Housemartins
    Foil
    Jayhawks
    REM (once songs for any album past Document or Green show up…REM is out)
    Skids
    Ride
    Carter USM
    Pulp
    The The
    Velvets
    XTC

    Gimme a C, a bouncy C…
    jeff

  31. wondermints
    Joe Strummer
    Lloyd Cole & C
    The Jam
    The Faces
    The Housemartins
    Radiohead
    The Skids
    Carter USM
    Pulp
    Simple Minds
    The Velvet Underground
    Friends Again

    SC

  32. JAMC
    Julian Cope
    Lloyd Cole
    The Jam
    Bragg
    Gene
    Foil
    The Higsons
    REM….on penalties
    The Skids
    Ride
    Carter
    Pulp
    The The
    VU
    Friends Again

  33. Hey JC, my picks are-:

    The Wondermints
    Julian Cope
    The Pipettes
    The Jam
    The Faces
    The Housemartins
    Emiliana Torrini
    The Higson
    Radiohead
    The Skids
    Ride
    Carter USM
    Simple Minds
    The National
    XTC

    Cheers Jim

  34. The Jesus & Mary Chain
    Joe Strummer
    Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
    T. Rex
    Billy Bragg
    The Housemartins
    Emiliana Torrini
    The Farmer’s Boys/The Higsons
    Radiohead
    Elbow
    Underworld
    Carter USM
    Pulp
    The The
    The Velvet Underground
    XTC

  35. Good lord, there are some “all-Premiership” ties here, aren’t there. Here goes.

    The Jesus & Mary Chain
    Joe Strummer
    Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
    The Jam
    Billy Bragg
    Gene
    Emiliana Torrini
    The Farmer’s Boys/The Higsons
    Radiohead
    The Skids
    Ride
    Carter USM
    Pulp
    The The
    The Velvet Underground
    XTC

  36. JAMC
    Cope
    Cole
    Jam
    Bragg
    Gene
    Foil
    Draw
    REM
    Skids
    U’world
    Carter
    ‘Sticks
    Thex2
    National
    Friends

    Cheers

    Malky Tucker

  37. JAMC
    Joe Strummer
    Lloyd Cole
    T. Rex
    Billy Bragg
    Housemartins
    Emiliana Torrini
    Jayhawks
    Radiohead
    Elbow
    Underworld
    Carter USM
    Pulp
    The The
    Velvet Underground
    XTC

  38. The Wondermints
    Julian Cope
    The Pipettes
    The Jam
    Billy Bragg
    The Housemartins
    Emiliana Torrini
    The Jayhawks
    REM
    Elbow
    Underworld
    Dwight Yoakam
    Pulp
    The The
    Velvet Underground
    XTC

  39. Here we go again.
    JAMC
    Joe Strummer – total gubbing, love Sleepwalk just wish it had been better produced
    Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
    The Jam
    Billy Bragg
    Housemartins
    Foil
    Jayhawks
    Radiohead
    Skids
    Underworld
    Pulp
    The The
    Velvets
    Friends Again

  40. The Jesus & Mary Chain
    Julian Cope
    Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
    The Jam
    The Faces
    The Housemartins
    Emiliana Torrini
    The Higsons
    R.E.M.
    Elbow
    Underworld
    Dwight Yoakam
    Tindersticks
    Simple Minds
    National
    Friends Again

  41. Some very tough ties there, particularly R.E.M. v Radiohead. Video-Assisted Referee required for that one…

    JAMC
    Julian Cope
    The Pipettes
    The Jam
    Billy Bragg
    The Housemartins
    Foil
    The Jayhawks
    R.E.M.
    The Skids
    Ride
    Carter USM
    Pulp
    Simple Minds
    The Velvet Underground
    Friends Again

    Looking forward to Round 3…

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