BONUS SERIES : THE ICA WORLD CUP : ROUND 1 (Part 4)

Four weeks in and you should know the drill by now….I’ve dug out a Scottish classic TV intro for the tune this week.

I also wanted to begin by saying a huge thanks to everyone who has voted over the past three week…especially those who have shared additional thoughts along with your selections.  Almost everyone has voted via the comments section, but there is one correspondent, a real football/music fanatic who is very well known to myself, Jacques and Aldo, who insists on doing so by email.  His entry this week made me laugh:-

Here are votes of the Cambuslang jury for Round 1 part 3

1. TJAMC
2. Joe Strummer
3. OK it’s the only Pippettes tune I know. But I like it. Sorry Lloydy.
4. This was like being at Livi v Falkirk last Tuesday desperately hoping something would happen. It did – Falkirk scored with the last kick of the game – as have T-Rex here. Would have preferred The Jam to go through, but that’s life.
5. Woah. The Faces pushed Saint Billy closer here than I would have expected. Great 2nd half performance from the Bard of Barking closed out the victory.
6. The Housemartins (I prefer their average track to Gene’s equivalent).
7. Never thought I’d find myself having to compare Mr Duggie’s work to Emiliana Torrini!! Hardest one yet to be dispassionate about. But I really do prefer the Huge Doggie song.
8.Jayhawks
9. This battle of the heavyweights was always going to be down to the luck of the draw. Will be surprised if many others haven’t also gone for Radiohead on this basis.
10. Elbows Out? No, Elbow’s in! (And no, it’s not cos you didn’t invite me out to see the Skids the other week!)
11. Aw this was harder than I expected. Go on, Underworld then.
12. This is getting harder! Dwight Yoakam.
13. Holy moly, this is taking the piss now. I just can’t decide. So I won’t, sorry.
14. Honestly can’t believe I’m doing this, but on the basis of this track. Simple Minds. Jeez, how did that happen?
15. Mixing sporting metaphors now, but this was a TKO in round one. VU. The National never stood a chance.
16. Quirky, Quixotic. Take away the vowels (and err, a ‘Q’) and my answer you will have!

This is too much fun.

M.

I do hope you’re all enjoying this as much as M.  Given the heavyweight nature of so many ties this past week, I’m thinking you’ll be keen to get the results immediately….but before I do, please let me share the mental torture the final few hours brought me.

Two of the ties were either level-pegging or had one goal in it since Thursday morning.  Each vote that came in seemed to swing it one way or another.  The final say came from strangeways, fresh from his personal triumph with his Talulah Gosh ICA (now there’s a team to watch in the 2020 edition of the tournament). He clinched it for one of the teams in the match-up of the heavyweights, relying as he says on a Video-Assisted Referee to make his mind up. However, his vote made it a tie in the Foil v Emiliana Torrini clash.  As a result, it has gone to extra-time and the possibility of penalties.  Here’s the other scores for you meantime…..

The Wondermints 11 The Jesus & Mary Chain 33
Joe Strummer 19  Julian Cope 25
The Pipettes 11  Lloyd Cole & The Commotions 32
The Jam 34 T. Rex 10
Billy Bragg 33 The Faces 10
The Housemartins 33 Gene 11
The Jayhawks 17  The Farmer’s Boys/The Higsons 21
R.E.M. 23 Radiohead 22
Elbow 12  The Skids 29
Underworld 15 Ride 25
Carter USM 29 Dwight Yoakam 10
Pulp 30 Tindersticks 13
The The 24 Simple Minds 21
The Velvet Underground 39 The National 5

Friends Again 16  XTC (2) 27

Foil v ET has, indeed, gone to penalties after a 19-19 draw. My dilemma is that I have met Hugh Duggie, lead singer with Foil. He is a very good friend of my very good friend Jacques the Kipper. I also prefer the Foil song to that of the Icelandic songstress.

But…..I think there has to be a fairer way of deciding this one…..and I’ve gone back to the original ICA pieces to see which one received the most plaudits at the time.

STOP PRESS……………………………..Emiliana Torrini goes through 5-3 on pens.

So how do you follow all that drama? Easy-peasy…………..

MGMT v The Clash

Flash Delirium (taken from Congratulations, 2010) v White Man In Hammersmith Palais (single, 1978)

Martin Stephenson v Andrew Weatherall

Crocodile Cryer (from Boat To Bolivia, 1986) v Toddla T and Roots Manuva ‘Watch Me Dance’ (Andrew Weatherall Remix) (2011)

Johnny Marr v Rod Stewart

Girls Aloud – Rolling Back The Rivers In Time (2008) v Country Comforts (from Gasoline Alley, 1970)

Asian Dub Foundation v Stars

Naxalite (from Rafis Revenge, 1998) v The 400 (from The North, 2012)

The Durutti Column v The Beta Band

Madeleine (from Lips That Would Kiss EP, 1980) v Dance O’er The Border (from The Beta Band, 1999)

Clyde McPhatter v Gene Loves Jezebel

Bip Bam (single, 1954) v Motion Of Love (from The House Of Dolls, 1987)

Grandaddy v Husker Du

Jeez Louise (from Just Like The Fambly Cat, 2006) v Makes No Sense At All (single, 1985)

O.M.D v Super Furry Animals

Pulse (from History of Modern, 2010) v Arnofio/Glo In The Dark (b-side, 1996)

Teenage Fanclub v Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Don’t blame me…..and if you ever wanted proof that this draw isn’t rigged, you just got it!

God Knows It’s True (Peel Session) (1991)

The Mercy Seat [live] (from Live Seeds, 1993)

Roddy Frame v The Stranglers

Bigger Brighter Better (from The North Star, 1998) v No More Heroes (from same, 1977)

Fats Comet/Tackhead v The Pixies

Fats Comet – Bop Bop (single, 1984) v Head On (from Trompe Le Monde, 1991)

Yellow Magic Orchestra v The Stone Roses

Ryuichi Sakamoto – Riot in Lagos (from B-2 Unit, 1980) v Begging You (from The Second Coming, 1995)

The Lucksmiths v Daft Punk

Southernmost (from Southernmost EP, 1999) v Get Lucky (from Random Access Memories, 2013)

A.R. Kane v The Trash Can Sinatras

Sperm Whale Trip Over (from Sixty Nine, 1988) v All the Dark Horses (from Weightlifting, 2004)

Coldplay v The Detroit Cobras

Square One (from X&Y, 2005) v  Down In Louisiana (from The Original Recordings, 1996)

Leonard Cohen v Echo and The Bunnymen

Chelsea Hotel #2 (from New Skin From The Old Ceremony, 1974) v The Cutter (from Porcupine, 1983)

Those, genuinely, were the last two names left in the bag for the 1st Round.

As ever, please don’t feel you have to offer your views on all the match-ups, but I’m sure the TV game will have everyone offering an opinion.

Deadline is Friday 9 February, midnight UK time.

48 teams are already through and the 16 winners from the above will join them.  It’s been a frantic first four weeks, but it will ease down after this week with a maximum of four ties in each feature, thus allowing a few words to be said on each song and/or performer(s).  The first four games of Round 2 will be with you next Saturday.

JC

53 thoughts on “BONUS SERIES : THE ICA WORLD CUP : ROUND 1 (Part 4)

  1. This Round begins with the band that was once my “All Time Favorite” winning and then ends with the band that usurped that position. But oh was that final match of the week a hard fought battle!

    The Clash
    Andrew Weatherall
    Johnny Marr
    Asian Dub Foundation
    Durutti Column
    Gene Loves Jezebel
    Husker Du
    OMD
    Nick Cave + The Bad Seeds
    The Stranglers
    Yellow Magic Orchestra
    Daft Punk
    The Trashcan Sinatras
    Echo And The Bunnymen

  2. Here we go again. On the songs alone.
    Although i have to by default vote for MGMT. Just because I don’t want them to get Nil.
    Weatherall
    Big Rod
    ADF who have the skills to pay the bills.
    The Beta Band
    I think Clyde
    Ooh Difficult but Husker just edge that.
    OMD because that is the one SFA track I don’t like.
    Teenage Fanclub
    The Stranglers
    Pixies
    Stone Roses
    daft punk
    Trashcan
    Yeah Coldplay
    Echo

    Swc.

  3. Oh and if you going to get some old washed up ex musicians to do the draw like what the BBC does with the cup then
    Badgers available for £10 and a family pack of Blue Riband bars. Usual address.

  4. I think I am swimming against the tide with my choices – I hope I am wrong
    MGMT –
    Martin Stephenson – the Daintees still hold my heart
    Johnny Marr
    Stars
    Durrutti Column
    Clyde McPhatter
    Grandaddy
    Super Furry Animals
    Nick Cave
    Stranglers
    Tackhead
    Stone Roses
    Daft Punk
    Trash Can Sinatras
    Detroit Cobras
    Echo & the Bunnymen

  5. Ooh, some tasty ties here. Glad my teams have all avoided each other so far.

    The Clash- ‘went on to win 15 nil’

    Mart… ha, nope, Andrew Weatherall. Obvs. Took the lead early on, Roots Manuva grabbed a seocnd and Toddla T added another late on.

    Johhny Marr (despite the song choice. Marr had trials at Man Shitty and Forest y’know)
    ADF

    Durutti Column -tough choice here, genuinely. But the boy Reilly edged those Betas out.

    Gene Loves Jezebel. As Arsenal fans put it (and HMHB) In Goth We Trust.

    Husker Du. A man down but hold on til the final whistle.
    SFA

    Another tough one but Nick Cave beats those Fanny boys in the end. AET etc.

    Roddy Frame.
    Pixies.
    The Stone Roses. Yet another difficult tie but truculent Mancunians usually win
    Daft Punk
    AR Kane
    The Detroit Cobras

    The Bunnymen- McCulloch with a header in the 2nd half. Ruined his hair so subbed himself off to get it fixed.

  6. Great match report from last week. I’m sure I’m not alone in wondering if I’d not changed my mind at the last minute and stuck with Radiohead, then they actually could have gone on to win the whole damn thing instead of watching on forlornly from the sidelines.

    This week….well, let’s just say having to choose which of Cohen v Mac is still standing is like being forced to decide which of your twin kids gets to fucking live……..

    The Clash (poor MGMT…there’s not many who could overcome WMIHP in any round)

    Martin Stephenson

    Johnny Marr (Rod missed an open goal here)

    ADF

    Beta Band

    Clyde McPhatter (this was real tough….not familiar with either and such a contrast in songs. Clyde goes through as he shares his name with a shitty Scottish football team)

    Two sides marred by tragedy this past year…the minute’s silence beforehand was impeccably observed. Husker Du. Last minute goal from Mould who immediately burst into tears….

    OMD. Genuinely can’t believe SFA fielded a second-string outfit for this one. This is one I hope the team I’ve gone for actually loses as SFA would make a fine winner of the tournament (and give Wales a major trophy at long last)

    Fuck off JC. This is almost as hard as the final choice. Cave gets it as it’s a live recording and the Bad Seeds have, for years, been the best live band on the circuit and the legendary Mick Harvey was on the field for this one..was fitting he scored the clinching goal.

    The Stranglers. Very few of their songs would have been taken against Roddy…but they’ve played their best card in this round

    Pixies.

    Stone Roses

    Daft Punk….. Lucksmiths the awful victims of their opponents ability to drive a horse and carriage through the Financial Fair Play regulations and field a superstar vocalist.

    Trash can Sinatras

    Detroit Cobras

    Both my children are now staring at me pleadingly. One is asking me to consider the quality of the poetry in his song and the fact it’s always been one of my favourites. The other is offering a simple message….and his ‘Fuck It, Just Fucking Dance’ message means The Bunnymen are through.

    Don’t do that to me again JC

    Malky Tucker

  7. The Clash
    Martin Stephenson
    Johnny Marr
    Stars
    The Beta Band
    Gene Loves Jezebel
    Grandaddy
    O.M.D.
    Teenage Fanclub
    The Stranglers
    Pixies
    The Stone Roses
    Daft Punk
    The Trash Can Sinatras
    Coldplay
    Echo and The Bunnymen

  8. Starting to see a pattern in voting which is bringing out the tribal fan in me.

    The Clash

    Martin stephenson the plucky non leaguer hoping for a kind draw

    Rod bit like forest still longing for long lost glories

    Stars , one of my home teams so has to get my vote although worried left star striker on the bench

    D column

    Match abandoned tossof coin sees gene

    Grandaddy playing a strange but winning formation
    Omd

    Nick cave , rounds glamour tie

    Neil warnocks team kick the opposition all over thevpark. Stranglers have it

    Pixies

    YMO

    Lucksmiths , have to hitch to the match and play in borrowed kit but honest endevour wins out over flashy mercenary signing

    Trashies

    Coldplay (boy it would be funny if they won the whole thing)

    The bunnymen

  9. Blimey, I think I’m finally, amazingly, starting to understand something about being a football supporter as that was such a nail-biting finish for my special team Emiliana! Yay, she got through!
    Will be back to vote on the others later this weekend. Nice one JC 🙂

  10. The Clash (Bringing their A game from the off – taking the competition very seriously – possibly the team everyone wants to avoid)

    Andrew Weatherall (Daintee football couldn’t get close to Weatherall’s more direct and muscular approach)

    Rod Stewart (Surprised that Johnny Marr didn’t take the competition more seriously, although perhaps he’s got hopes of going all the way with his other outfit)

    Stars get this one on the toss of a coin – quite frankly lucky to get a result

    Beta Band (A midfield battle with very little end product from either side – Beta Band win when the ball goes in off the drummers arse)

    Clyde Mcphatter (Gene Love Jezabel barely out of the changing rooms due to over use of hair spray)

    Husker Du (Bit of a bloodbath this one – plenty of aggression on both sides but once Bob Mould got his foot on the ball the classier team easily through)

    Super Furry Animals (The 80s style of OMD looked out of place in this match up)

    Nick Cave (One sided – One of the favourites comfortably through to the next round)

    Stranglers

    Pixies (They scored after 10 seconds leaving the opposition in complete disarray – final score 15-0)

    Yellow Magic (Roses just too cocky – playing the ball amongst themselves rather than trying to entertain the crowd)

    Lucksmiths (In the luck derby, Lucksmiths got lucky as no one wants to hear that Daft Punk song again)

    Trash Can (The self proclaimed dark horses through as the opposition sound like they are all on drugs and not performance enhancing ones)

    Detroit Cobras (Any team would have beaten the shower of shite that is Coldplay)

    Echo and The Bunnymen (Cutter-ing Cohen’s defence to ribbons – No contest)

  11. Blimey. Some nailbiting ties here, but equally, quite a few Stockport County v Chesterfield-type games too. Some of my ties were decided by some dodgy refereeing decisions and the influence of a shady Welsh-based betting syndicate, but here’s the full-time scores. Cue Sports Report theme and the voice of Charlotte Green…

    MGMT 0 The Clash 12
    Martin Stephenson 0 Weatherall 1
    Marr/Girls Aloud 0 Rod 2
    ADF 0 Stars 0
    Durutti Column 2 Beta Band 0
    Clyde 2 GLJ 3 (a last-minute corner headed in from 2 yards at the back post)
    Grandaddy 4 Husker Du 3 (the ref proved hugely influential here as it was his ICA that determined the final outcome. No doubt there will be an inquiry…)

    OMD 0 SFA 5 (despite fielding a weakened team, the Welsh mavericks prevail. But that dodgy ref was in charge again…)

    TFC 1 Cave 4 (a surprisingly flattering result perhaps, but if you match the quality of the two centre forwards, Mercy Seat is a world class performer at every stage of his career while GKIT only really turns it on against weaker opposition.)

    Roddy 0 Stranglers 2
    Fats Comet/Tackhead 0 Pixies 20 (non-league vs World Champions. No contest. Game abandoned at half-time due to the home team’s refusal to leave the dressing room for the second half. The H-T score was allowed to stand.)

    YMO 0 Stone Roses 5
    Lucksmiths 1 Daft Punk 0
    AR Kane 0 Trashcan Sinatras 0
    Coldplay 0 Detroit Cobras 3 (shock result, but the heavyweights who thought they could win just by turning up were caught out by the spirit, fight and determination of the underdogs. A deserved win. Ah, the magic of the cup…)

    Len 3 Echo 5 (what a match this was, the determining factor in the end being the strength of the team selection.)

  12. Can’t wait to get to the office Monday to vote;) at first glance this is gonna to require some tough choices. Ouch!

  13. – The Clash: “They’re the football team your mother warned you about!”. Knowing it’s tracks only and not bands, I didn’t even listen to the MGMT – tune, because ‘Hammersmith’ is the best song in the history of the whole world ever as far as I’m concerned. So why should I’ve bothered to listen to the other one?

    – Martin Stephenson: “It isn’t the hours you put in, but what you put in the hours!”.
    Easy, one of The Daintees’ finest recordings against a tune I’m probably a bit too old for …

    – Rod Stewart: “Shine Bright on Senior Night!”.
    Well, yes: I was astonished as well! There are very few Faces-tunes I really like, ‘Pool Hall Richard’ in particular, but apart from that I’m not Rod’s biggest fan, it must be said. Also this Girls Aloud – song was particularly good, I even downloaded it. Still Rod beats them with a mighty song!

    – Asian Dub Foundation: “Pain is weakness leaving the body!”.
    Not a bad track, but certainly not a finalist as well. Stars were really weak in their performance, it must be said …

    – Beta Band: “There’s no traffic on the extra mile!”.
    I knew before I opened the comment section that Weatherall would have received at least one vote – by Adam. So it’s only fair to vote for the Beta Band.

    – Gene Loves Jezebel: “A team above all. Above all a team!”.
    If good ole’ Clyde would have entered the pitch with ‘Just To Hold My Hand’, he’d have won the game, no question. But here, sorry, no!

    – Hüsker Dü: “Intensity is not a perfume!”.
    How very, very true, especially when you compare Hüsker Dü to Grandaddy!

    – OMD: “There’s only a little difference between Champs and Chumps!”.
    A most boring game to watch, it must be said. OMD win in the end, but it was close …

    – Nick Cave: “How do you want to be remembered?”.
    Oh, exactly like that, Nick, exactly like that! The Fannies had no chance right from the start!

    – Stranglers: “The harder you work, the harder it is to lose!”.
    Oh, I’m sorry, Roddy! That was a mighty song, but I’m a die-hard Stranglers-fan. Also I know Hugh Cornwell is a frequent reader of this blog and I’d rather have Roddy on my doorstep next week with a crowbar than him!

    – Pixies: “Victory requires payment in advance!”.
    Remember that in 2020, Fats Comet! Pixies win by miles and miles!

    – Stone Roses: “Sweat more in preparation, bleed less in battle!”.
    An easy task for The Roses, ‘Cos I’m afraid I’m not clever enough to understand the YMO’s tactics. Never have been, in fact!

    – Lucksmiths: “The greatest game you can win is won within!”.
    You know, my English isn’t good enough to express how fed I am with this Daft Punk – tune! It’s on the radio without secession, even the Teletubbies’ title tune would have had better chances against it!

    – Trashcan Sinatras: “Pride and Passion!”.
    Oh, come on, AR Kane – what a weak performance!

    – Detroit Cobras: “To be satisfied with yourself is a sure sign that your forward motion has stopped!”.
    I even listened to the other tune here, I really did. Just for five seconds or so, but still … The Cobras are one team for the final rounds, remember my words!

    – Echo & The Bunnymen: “Pain is temporary, pride is forever!”.
    Led my the mighty Ian McCulloch, the Bunnymen win without any difficulties. With one of their best tunes, it must be said …

  14. Clash
    Rod the Mod
    Stars
    Durutti Column
    Clyde McPhatter
    Huskers
    Nick Cave
    Stranglers
    Pixies
    YMO
    Daft Punk
    Detroit Cobras
    Bunnymen

  15. The Clash (you could put virtually any song up against White Man In Hammersmith Palais, the answer would still be The Clash)

    Rod Stewart (don’t judge him too harshly, remember when he was good – he was very, very good)

    The Beta Band (much as I love the The Durutti Column debut album, the The Beta Band just have more in their locker)

    Husker Du

    OMD

    Teenage Fanclub (greatest debut album … ever ???)

    The Stranglers

    The Stone Roses (and yes, Second Coming IS better than the debut)

    Echo & The Bunnymen

  16. The Clash – goal of the season
    Martin Stephenson – some Dainty footwork from Wor Marty
    Rod the Mod – Celtic, United baby I’ ve decided
    ADF – The boys were buzzin’
    Beta Band – showing St Andrews is not only the home of golf
    Clyde – Goths wouldn’t last long in Cumbernauld

    Husker Du – a great front three
    SFA – no not the leaderless one
    The Fannies – skills hewed in the tough Lanarkshire Junior leagues
    Stranglers – the Boy Wonder needs his team mates around him
    Pixies – by a Gigantic margin
    YMO – Roses always struggling after Ian Brown sees red for nutting the ref
    Lucksmiths – the French flatter to deceive but yet again fail to perform on the big stage
    Trashcans – they did it their way
    Detroit Cobras – a bit of passion can go a long way
    Bunnymen – good to see some rabbits emerging from the hat

  17. The Clash
    Martin Stephenson
    Rod Stewart
    OMD
    Teenage Fanclub
    The Stranglers
    The Pixes
    The Stone Roses
    Daft Punk
    The Trash Can Sinatras
    Coldplay
    Echo and The Bunnymen

    SC

  18. The Clash
    (The home team knew not to turn up)
    Martin Stephenson
    Rod Stewart
    (The old pro hammered one in the back of the net)
    ADF
    Clyde McPhatter
    Granddaddy
    Nick Cave
    (The support from J Cash on the bench made the result a foregone conclusion )
    The Stranglers
    (Not a popular result in the commentary box)
    The Pixes
    Match cancelled due to lack of interest
    Daft Punk
    (Un)luck(y)smith United had a stinker of a draw
    AR Kane
    The Detroit Cobras
    (A great draw for the Cobras, the Spice Girls would have got six past this lot)
    Echo and the Bunnymen (A great match that went to extra time and penalties, such a shame there had to be a loser)

    Phew

  19. Thanks for so many wonderful running commentaries…it’s certainly adding to the fun of it all.

    Someone quoted ‘went on to win 15-0’ line from The Magificent Seven. As at 9pm on the first night, we do have such a scoreline. Leonard Cohen is being savaged by the Bunnymen……

    It shows the importance of having a classic song come through the coin toss and roll of the dice……as can be testified by Roddy Frame who isn;t doing enough to maintain hero status with the early voters.

  20. The Clash (obvs)
    Martin Stephenson
    Rod Stewart
    ADF
    Beta Band
    Clyde McPhatter
    Husker Du
    SFA
    Teenage Fanclub (after several hours of extra time)
    Pixies
    YMO
    The Lucksmiths
    AR Kane
    Echo & the Bunnymen

  21. Clash
    Johnny Marr
    Stars
    OMD
    Teenage Fanclub
    Roddy Frame
    Stone Roses
    Pixies
    Lucksmiths
    Coldplay (!)
    Trashcan Sinatras
    Leonard Cohen

  22. The Clash
    Martin Stephenson
    Marr – able to play a weakened team and able to get through due to home crowd advantage
    Stars
    Beta Band
    Gene Loves Jezebel – terrible scrappy game
    Husker Du – but will they regret putting out the big guns so early
    SFA
    Teenage Fanclub – both teams putting out a full strength team but the Fannies edge it
    Stranglers – Major upset for me here but Roddy just didnt take it seriously
    Pixies
    Stone Roses
    Lucksmiths
    Bunnymen

  23. MGMT v The Clash – WMiHP = Brazil 1970.

    Martin Stephenson

    Johnny Marr

    Asian Dub Foundation

    The Durutti Column

    Clyde McPhatter – a minor tie not even covered by local radio.

    Husker Du

    O.M.D v Super Furry Animals – OMG is there a shock here? No, the Scottish Football Association win it by singing in a Celtic language.

    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – taking the competition seriously, and playing completely without mercy

    The Stranglers – sorry Roddy. The Stranglers didn’t send me a Christmas card, and in 1983, when I saw the Stranglers live, I was listening more to High Land, Hard Rain than No More Heroes, but that song is pure class.

    The Pixies saving their best for later, but had enough against Newport County.

    Yellow Magic Orchestra – shock of the round as Mourinho’s Mancers go out with a second string second album team.

    Daft Punk – one team was more lucky than the other.

    The Trash Can Sinatras

    Coldplay

    Leonard Cohen v Echo and The Bunnymen – very close. Last minute winner. Free kick to the Bunnymen on the edge of the box. Will Sergeant hunched over the ball. There was a wall for the light to get in, but the ball did instead.

  24. Hi JC,
    Here’s this weeks pickings.

    MGMT
    Martin Stephenson
    Johnny Marr
    Stars
    Beta Band
    Clyde McPhatter
    Grandaddy
    OMD
    TFC
    Stranglers
    Fat Comet
    Stone Roses
    Lucksmiths
    Trashcans
    Detroit Cobras
    Bunnymen

    Cheers

    Jim

  25. The Clash
    Martin Stephenson
    Rod Stewart
    Asian Dub Foundation
    Durutti Column
    Clyde McPhatter
    Husker Du
    OMD
    Teenage Fan Club
    Stranglers
    Pixies
    Stone Roses
    Daft Punk
    Trash Can Sinatras
    Coldplay
    Echo & the Bunnymen

  26. Is my new found interest in the WC fading, or was this round just not as exciting as the previous? Couldn’t bother about most of the games here, and having a bunch of 1-0 matches with a score and then 11 men in defense after that isn’t really helping up. Well, anyway, I’ll give also next round a chance – here are the games I managed to get through.

    The Clash (well, they didn’t have really to make an effort for that 1-0 win, did they)
    Durutti Column
    Gene Loves Jezebel
    OMD (mostly because I’m off to see them live tonight)
    Nick Cave (This actually was a 15-0 game, NC being totally merciless)
    Stone Roses
    Daft Punk
    Detroit Cobras (anything to keep Coldplay out – how on earth did they even qualify?)
    Echo & the Bunnymen (Not a boring 1-0, but an enteraining 6-1 win for the Bunnymen. Slow cool just won’t do against pure energy in a game like this.)

    Gee, didn’t even had the gist to see Roddy through his game. Anything from his AC albums would have killed it, but…

  27. The Clash
    Andrew Weatherall
    Rod Stewart
    Asian Dub Foundation
    The Durutti Column
    Gene Loves Jezebel
    Husker Du
    Super Furry Animals
    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
    The Stranglers
    Fats Comet/Tackhead
    The Stone Roses
    Daft Punk
    A.R. Kane
    The Detroit Cobras
    Echo and The Bunnymen

    All the best

  28. Clash
    Martin Stephenson
    Rod Stewart
    Asian Dub Foundation
    Clyde McPhatter
    Husker Du
    Super Furry Animals
    Teenage Fanclub
    Stranglers
    Pixies
    Stone Roses
    Lucksmiths
    Trashcan Sinatras
    Detroit Cobras
    Echo & The Bunnymen

  29. the Clash
    Martin Stephenson
    Rod
    ADF
    Beta Band
    Gene LJ
    Husker Du
    OMD
    Fannies
    Roddy
    Pixies
    Roses
    Daft Punk
    Trash Can sinatras
    Coldplay (would you believe? Luck of the draw)
    Bunnymen (and ooh that was a tough one)

  30. OK, I’ve had all weekend to think about them… there are some very odd results this time round, going purely by my appreciation of the songs, not my reaction to the artists…

    The Clash (I like MGMT a lot, but come on…)
    Martin Stephenson
    Rod Stewart (feels odd to be voting against Johnny… or FOR Rod)
    Stars
    The Beta Band
    Clyde McPhatter
    Grandaddy
    SFA
    Nick Cave
    Stranglers (love Roddy, but against the Stranglers strongest song?)
    Pixies
    Stone Roses
    Lucksmiths
    Trashcan Sinatras
    Coldplay (that was a surprise)
    Toughest of the lot, but I’m a lyrics man at the end of the day so I have to go with Lennie. Not that it’ll make any difference to the final score.

  31. Hi Martin

    Customer satisfaction is extremely important at T(n)VV, and I’m very sorry to hear you weren’t as excited about this week’s match-ups and that you were wondering how Coldplay got to qualify in the first place.

    The 129 teams taking part in the tournament qualified on account of either myself or a guest composing an ICA for them over the past three and a bit years. All the teams were put in a hat and drawn out in random sequence – and I would accept that some of the lesser-known entities didn’t appear until this, the final 16 ties of Round 1.

    As of next week, when we move into Round 2, there will be 64 teams left and again the draw will be random. ndeed, the draw has already been made so as to allow the first four matches to be revealed this coming Saturday, and while I can’t promise too much in the way of excitement, I do know that there are some very tasty match-ups already determined as we go ahead.

    I also agree wholeheartedly with your observation on Roddy Frame in that anything from the Aztec Camera singles/albums would have given him at least a fighting chance against ‘No More Heroes’.

    The selection of song is, again, purely random. Each ICA consists of 10 songs – 5 on Side A and 5 on Side b….any ICA that doesn’t follow that format is adjusted accordingly for the competition. A coin is tossed – Heads means the song comes from Side A, Tails means Side B. A dice is then rolled and it has to be a number between one and five, and that becomes the song to be matched-up.

    Roddy was Tails and 1 – which equated to ‘Bigger Brighter Better. Stranglers was Heads and 2 which threw out ‘No More Heroes

    If it been the reverse with Heads and 2 for Roddy and Tails and 1 for Hugh & Co. then the match up would have been ‘The Boy Wonders’ v ‘Just Like Nothing On Earth’ and I suspect the hammering would have been to the other side.

    I trust this response covers the points made in your comment and I hope you feel satisfied enough to participate in the remaining 16 weeks of the competition.

    Best wishes

    JC

  32. I’ve not checked the form book so no idea what the state of play looks like but here goes…

    Cut the crap. The Clash. End of.

    The Daintees had a stunning start then faded into the background as Weatherall dominated. But the Daintees held on to take the prize.

    Rod Stewart. Poor effort by Girls Aloud – perhaps if they’d stuck with their usual classic pop rather than relying on a throwaway guitar line from some guitarist or other. I mean – Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan and Mick Waller, how do you compete with a back line of that quality.

    ADF had the left wing covered here but that wasn’t enough as Stars came from nowhere to sneak a win. No-one more surprised than this commentator.

    The Durutti Column. It wasn’t a classic but Reilly at sweeper kept it tight while Mason on the other side lacked his usual verve.

    This went totally the opposite way to expected as pomposity overcame class and Gene Loves Jezebel emerged winners.

    Hūsker Dū. Never in doubt. Away team always noisy.

    Far tighter than predicted and who’d have thought OMD still had the stamina to edge it in extra tine.

    There was a demo before this game and that clearly affected the away side as Teenage Fanclub stormed the tie.

    Never heard of the Stranglers before so I listened to their track with some interest. Decent enough I suppose but I doubt it’s one we’ll be remembering in a few years. Roddy Frame won. But the authorities are investigating this one for match fixing.

    Fats Comet/Tackhead romped it.

    Ryuichi Sakamoto. Poor performance by the away team. Journeymen don’t cut it at this level.

    The Lucksmiths sure got lucky in this first round. There was never going to be anyone able to match their pop sensibilities, killer hooks and iller rhyming. The sort of thing you’ll find yourself humming for days. That Daft Punk song meantime – I doubt we’ll be hearing that anywhere anytime soon.

    Obviously a bit of controversy in the next match up. There was a lot of unhappiness among the lesser lights of the tournament when Aztec Camera were allowed to field a B team. That’s only going to get worse now they’ve contemptuously dismissed AR Kane in the first round.

    No such luck for U2’s B team on the end of a severe thrashing from Detroit Cobras.

    And so we reach the final tie of what has been a very entertaining first round. No messing with this one. Spare Us The Clutter was always going to clean up this one. Here’s hoping star striker McCulloch can Do It Clean in the forthcoming rounds.

  33. A bit of commentary, this time. Hope it doesn’t seem too preposterous.

    MGMT 0 – THE CLASH 3
    A lackadaisical effort from MGMT couldn’t stop one of the league’s heavyweights.
    MARTIN STEPHENSON & THE DAINTEES 3 – ANDREW WEATHERALL 1
    Lord Sabre’s notorious quality pressing(s) not enough to overcome an early lead from one of the most talented teams out there.
    JOHNNY MARR 1 – ROD STEWART 2
    Having one of the most gifted role players on your team can win you a lot of games, but this time the weight of tradition was simply too much.
    ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION 1 – THE STARS 0
    Not a pretty game, but in the end the Dub’s righteous energy prevailed.
    THE DURUTTI COLUMN 2 – THE BETA BAND 1
    The Beta Band’s tikitaka gave them ball possession for most of the match, but lack of focus was an issue against Vini Reilly’ s prowess.
    CLYDE McPHATTER 1 – GENE LOVE JEZEBEL 3
    Three penalties for the goth team! Blame the referee: that goes to show that it’s not always the best team that wins.
    GRANDADDY 0 – HUSKER DU 3
    An emotional match. Already one man down, the Du came out with an impressive display of ferociousness and a Zen-like confidence in their firepower, and made some circus shots (okay, that’s basketball jargon, bear with me) on goal too.
    OMD 2 – SFA 0
    OMD dropped bombs on the other team like there was no tomorrow, forcing the SFA to try some changes in their rhythm of play, but to no avail.
    TEENAGE FANCLUB 0 – NICK CAVE 1
    Those kiddie dilettantes tried, but it was not enough to steal a win when you’re clearly not (a) Big Star.
    RODDY FRAME 3 – THE STRANGLERS 2
    A brilliant game for the Scottish boy wonder. The old curmudgeons played very well but not enough heroics in the match cost them the win.
    FAST COMET/TACKHEAD 2 – THE PIXIES 0
    Unconventional tactics and multicultural talent against the tired old quietquietLOUDquiet scheme. Not even adopting others’ strategies did the visiting team any good. An easy victory.
    YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA 3 – THE STONE ROSES 4
    The Mancunian juggernauts needed to go on extra-time to snatch this victory from the jaws of defeat, having been initially caught completely by surprise by a not very well known Oriental team.
    THE LUCKSMITHS 0 – DAFT PUNK 5
    5imply 5uperb play from the French. Against 5ome teams you just have no hope. The Lucksmiths got 5wept.
    A.R.KANE 3 – THE TRASH CAN SINATRAS 2
    A close game, amid doping accusations. Authorities should look deeply into this one.
    COLDPLAY 2 – THE DETROIT COBRAS 0
    Strong support from the attending crowd gave the home team an edge against some snake-like theatrics from the opponents.
    LEONARD COHEN – 4 ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN 3
    Some matches transcend the end result and just remind us of the beautifulness of the game. A poetic victory.

  34. Very busy weekend again (won’t bore you with the details), tracks listened to as and when…

    Clash (much as I like MGMT, they were never going to beat this)
    Martin Stephenson
    Rod Stewart
    Asian Dub Foundation (purely because I stayed awake for the duration, which is more than can be said for its opponent – it was 3:30 am…)
    Durutti Column
    Clyde McPhatter (my father would have been thrilled! GLJ tune was just too pedestrian)
    Husker Du
    OMD (both acts have far better tunes – winner decided on the basis of which got going the quicker)
    Nick Cave (the live version clinches it against a very strong TF track)
    Stranglers (see Clash above, substituting Roddy Frame for MGMT)
    Pixies
    Stone Roses
    Daft Punk
    Trash Can Sinatras
    Detroit Cobras (5 minutes of Chris Martin whining or a tune that was made by people who sounded like they were enjoying themselves? Hmmm.)
    Echo & The Bunnymen

  35. The Clash
    Andrew Weatherall
    Rod Stewart
    Asian Dub Foundation
    The Durutti Column
    Clyde McPhatter
    Hüsker Dü
    Super Furry Animals (normally I would pick OMD, but that tune dosen’t do it for me)
    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
    The Stranglers
    Fats Comet (upset only ’cause I want to hear more of this)
    YMO
    Daft Punk
    AR Kane
    The Detroit Cobras
    Leonard Cohen

  36. A few of these matches never made it to the pitch. Most cruised to easy wins. A couple were tight, and I freely admit there was cheating with one of the matches. I voted for a hero instead of heroes. Felt sorry for him, frankly. Getting thumped.

    The Clash
    Martin Stephenson
    Rod
    Durutti Column
    Clyde
    Husker Du (the first competitive match)
    OMD
    Teenage Fanclub (match of the day)
    Roddy (I see he’s playing the Kelvingrove Bandstand again this summer. )
    Pixies
    Lucksmiths
    Trash Can Sinatras
    Bunnymen

  37. Dear JC,

    Customer satisfaction pays off, and I believe I can speak for many of us in being being very loyal to T(n)VV.

    I think you should take some pride in being able to attract such an interest from my side in something so related to sports, I’m one of those who could potentially (IRL never have and never will) share the picture of a guy sitting watching the paint dry and claim that’s more fun than watching sports on the telly. So the occasional dip in interest I would say is expected.

    The comment on how on earth Coldplay were qualified to particiapte was in no way questioning the qualifying rules, I knew them, see it more as an expression of my personal feelings for the band. And I must admit I (well, maybe not personally but still) as Swede carry part of the responsability for this – I used to like Coldplay, especially around the A Rush Of Blood album, but when they teamed up with fellow Swede Aviccii they totally lost it. How can a band be so desperate for change, or nervous to become dated, they team up with Aviccii? A guy who has an excel macro in his music software – whatever you put in, it all ends up the same when it comes out in the last cell. Jeeez. It ruined all I ever thought positive about CM and his mates, I can’t even listen to A Rush Of Blood anymore.
    I hereby extend my apology to the world for Aviccii, it wasn’t meant to happen like this.

    Accept my best, and loyal, regards.
    Martin

  38. The Clash
    Martin Stephenson – have followed the daintees ever since Martin walked on stage at Roundhay Park on a boiling day told everyone that the crate of beer on his shoulders was the booze that had been confiscated at the fates and proceeded to drink (quite) a few cans before launching into a stunning set.
    Johnny Marr
    Asian Dub Foundation
    The Beta Band
    Gene Loves Jezebel
    Grandaddy
    Teenage Fanclub
    The Stranglers – saw these live at Gateshead in 1991 unfortunately without Cornwell and Paul Roberts walked on stage and proceeded to spend all of his time mocking the lack of football success in north east – it was pouring down and a thoroughly miserable experience – but hey this song is still great.
    The Pixies
    Daft Punk
    Coldplay
    Echo and The Bunnymen

  39. The Clash
    Andrew Weatherall
    Johnny Marr
    Asian Dub Foundation
    The Beta Band
    Clyde McPhatter
    Grandaddy
    Super Furries
    Nick Cave
    The Stranglers
    The Pixies
    YMO
    Daft Punk
    A.R. Kane
    Detroit Cobras
    Echo and the Bunnymen

  40. Clash (Cup favorite- could stumble with Armagideon Time in goal vs a hot striker, let’s see how draws go)
    Martin Stephenson (should go deep in the tournament with each song in the ICA showing brilliance)
    Johnny Marr (hangs on for the win, Rod Stewart tries a few old-school offside traps but forgets the rule changes)
    Stars (Two very different styles -bit of a philospher’s football match with late goal by Stars)
    Durutti – (looking at a 0-0 draw, beta band scores own goal disappointing yet again the rabid supporters who traveled to the away game)
    McPhatter (classic football here. Head up, crisp passes, executed brilliantly. Not a close match at all)
    Husker Du (With Mould at midfield, Grandaddy has to send the ball down the pitch too often and tires out)
    OMD (SFA benches their A squad and fields their B squad thinking that they will win the match easily. It doesn’t happen.)
    TFC (tough match unfortunately this came down to the song selection. It wasn’t NC’s day)
    Stranglers (despite an early red card and multiple yellow cards, the dirty play prevailed and the Stranglers held on to win)
    Pixies (Even with Debaser and Where Is My Mind being benched by coach Jimdoes, the away team from Boston looks like they may get into the finals)
    YMO (traveling furthest to play their match, YMO shows the discipline and training to run circles around the out-of-shape team from Manchester)
    Daft Punk (A brilliant game. Highlights of this game will be watched for years on youtube. Not sure if the team from France is able to pull off consistent play game after game)
    TCS (goes into penalty shots)
    Detroit Cobras (Coldplay tries to stall the game by feigning injuries but DC will have none of that)
    LC (bringing back the diamond defence formation, LC plays sweeper to keep E&B from scoring. Great old-school football)

  41. The Clash
    Andrew Weatherall
    Rod Stewart
    Stars
    The Drutti Column
    Gene Loves Jezebel
    Husker Du
    Super Furry Animals
    Teenage Fanclub
    The Stranglers
    Pixies
    The Stone Roses
    The Lucksmiths
    The Trashcan Sinatras
    The Detroit Cobras
    Echo and The Bunnymen

  42. What a great competition JC. I tried from the start to join but suddenly it was Saturday and it was over. So I might be the last one in this round.

    The Clash
    Andrew Weatherall
    Rod Stewart
    Asian Dub Foundation
    The Durutti Column
    Gene Loves Jezebel
    Hüsker Dü
    OMD
    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
    Roddy Frame
    The Pixies
    Yellow Magic Orchestra
    Daft Punk
    The Trash Can Sinatras
    The Detroit Cobras
    Echo and The Bunnymen

    That’s it for this week.
    Have a great Weekend my friend

  43. The Clash
    Martin Stephenson
    Rod Stewart
    Stars
    The Durutti Column
    Clyde McPhatter
    Husker Du
    Super Furry Animals
    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – so painful won on toss of the coin
    The Stranglers
    The Pixies
    Yellow Magic Orchestra
    Daft Punk
    The Trashcan Sinatras
    The Detroit Cobras
    Leonard Cohen I vote late so could vote for Cohen knowing the Cutter would take it. I do need to sleep at night

    great first round

  44. There you go, JC:

    The Clash
    Martin Stephenson
    Johnny Marr
    Asian Dub Foundation
    The Durutti Column
    Gene Loves Jezebel
    Husker Du
    OMD
    Teenage Fanclub
    The Stranglers
    Pixies – “A ‘head(er) on’ from Francis to Deal – and it’s there. Deal scores. And it’s 1-0 to the team from Boston. And there simply will not be enough time for a response.”
    The Stone Roses
    The Lucksmiths
    The Trashcan Sinatras
    Detroit Cobras
    Echo and the Bunnymen

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