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
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.
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.
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…..
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
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
Asian Dub Foundation v Stars
The Durutti Column v The Beta Band
Clyde McPhatter v Gene Loves Jezebel
Grandaddy v Husker Du
O.M.D v Super Furry Animals
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
Fats Comet/Tackhead v The Pixies
Yellow Magic Orchestra v The Stone Roses
The Lucksmiths v Daft Punk
A.R. Kane v The Trash Can Sinatras
Coldplay v The Detroit Cobras
Leonard Cohen v Echo and The Bunnymen
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.