You voted but not as heavily as previous weeks. But then again, these ties were all pretty much done and dusted within the first few hours.
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions 28 Arab Strap 7
British Sea Power 10 Orange Juice 25
Lambchop 3 Pulp 32
Pavement 26 Clyde McPhatter 8
My favourite match report came from Bill albeit he backed a loser.
“You want me to vote for a lanky art school chancer trying to get a leg over with a naive foreign student. That may be ok in the 90s but definitely not on nowadays. My vote goes to Sharee Lewis little friend Lambchop. Simpler times”
Here’s how the numbers are shaping up for the next round
1. The Fall
2. Talking Heads
3. Edwyn Collins
4. Velvet Underground
5. New Order
6. The Charlatans
7. Lightning Seeds
8. St Etienne
9. The Jam
10. Half Man Half Biscuit
11. Pete Wylie
12. The Wedding Present
13. Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
14. Orange Juice
Another 16 still to come.
This week’s match-ups have two of the big guns on display but not up against each other. It also has a couple of very intriguing ties while some cults take to the field.
Matches 17-20 of Round 2
Rod Stewart v The Jesus & Mary Chain
Rod Stewart is perhaps one of the more surprising names to appear in Round 2, but only in as much that he drawn against Johnny Marr last time out; as some observant commentators said, the fact that the grisly veteran dug deep into his catalogue with a track from the highly regarded Gasoline Alley album from 1970 showed how serious he was taking it while the finest indie guitarist of our era decided to rely on a fairly weak track by Girls Aloud. It proved to be quite a one-sided affair. The Jesus and Mary Chain also enjoyed a comfortable passage against The Wondermints last time out and the Reids are bound to be licking their lips again this time round with Rod deciding to rely on how folk feel about his interpretation of a track made famous by a different pair of brothers. Having said that, JAMC are relying on a sweary lesser-known number lasting a little over 90 seconds
Cigarettes and Alcohol (from When We Were The Rude Boys, 1998) v Boyfriend’s Dead (b-side, 1987)
XTC (2) v Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
This really has the potential to be a fascinating contest. XTC had too much in their locker last time out for Friends Again but will, in all likelihood have to up the ante a bit to take on Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds who had to field a live rendition of The Mercy Seat to ensure they came through an epic encounter last time out against Teenage Fanclub in one of just two ties that ended in a draw with the Bellshill boys going out agonisingly on an actual coin toss. I’m sure the Aussies were hoping for something a bit kinder than the Swindonites this time round as the reward for such endeavours. One of those ones where the song choice will be absolutely crucial…..turns out to Jonny the Friendly Lawyer‘s favourite ever song by one of his favourite ever bands against a live rendition of a track which The Robster describes as being as good as any ever written by Cave.
Earn Enough For Us (from Skylarking, 1986) v Jubilee Street (live at the Sydney Opera House, 2014)990)
The Smiths (2) v Husker Du
A mid 80s classic here. The away side came through in an emotional All-American match-up against Grandaddy in which the final 26-10 score didn’t reflect how close the call had been for many folk. The home side flexed their muscles from the outset, racking up 41 points as they made mincemeat of Mission of Burma. While the initial thought may be that they have been given another fairly kind draw, it could be a banana skin. Here come the songs……oh well, I’ve a feeling this one could be a foregone conclusion (although I have been wrong before).
I Know It’s Over (from The Queen Is Dead, 1986) v Keep Hanging On (from Flip Your Wig, 1985)
The Durutti Column v Paul Quinn
One for the connoisseurs in which the guitar goes up directly against the voice. Both ICAs were well received and this is going to be very difficult one to call. Reilly broke some Scottish hearts in Round 1 with a narrow and hard fought win over The Beta Band, and hopes to do similar this time; Quinn, whose contribution last time round was with The Independent Group, did enough to hold on against a late onslaught from The Feelies back in the very first week of the competition in early January. Will this extended break from competitive action count against him?
Please have your votes in by midnight on Thursday 15 March
I’ve had to bring things forward 24 hours as I’m out next Friday night, nowhere near a laptop or PC, and so need to tally the scores a bit earlier; it shouldn’t make too much difference as most of you do vote early on.
Tune in next Saturday for the results and the line-ups for matches 20-23, which, if I’m being honest are fairly similar in feel to this week. The real fireworks will be held over till matches 24-27 which will be written up by jimdoes.