Honestly…..this week’s four ties are mouth-watering affairs so I want to publish the latest full-time scores and then give you the stuff of nightmares.
The Durutti Column 4 v Echo and the Bunnymen 35
The Police 24 v Pete Wylie 15
XTC 17 v Half Man Half Biscuit 22
The Charlatans 9 v OMD 30
I’ve a feeling Drew will be very keen to vote this week………….
Round 3 : Matches 5-8
New Order v The Fall
Anthony H Wilson and Mark E Smith will be pissing themselves laughing at this….as indeed will Rob Gretton. Barney Sumner is known to be a fan of Manchester United while MES was a City follower, the team he adopted as a kid just to annoy his dad. The establishment against the noisy neighbour. The tickets to see this one will fly out of the door.
New Order must be cursing their luck with the draws having already been asked to take care of hardy overseas opponents in LCD Soundsytem and The Go-Betweens. The Fall have had the slightly easier tasks of taking on Queens of The Stone Age and SBTRKT. The interesting news for the both sides is that while they each have multiple and guest ICAs, (three for New Order and four for The Fall), the selections for both are coming from their initial ICAs, both of which were penned by me….and what emerged from the coin/dice stuff is quite staggering:-
Age Of Consent (from Power, Corruption & Lies, 1983) v Cruiser’s Creek (single, 1985)
Talking Heads v The Housemartins
New York v Hull…..certainly brings home the romance of the cup.
Talking Heads have had all sorts thrown at them thus far – Close Lobsters, Massive Attack and Kitchens of Distinction have represented very different types of challenges and the latest match is no different. The Housemartins have progressed quietly to this stage by overcoming Gene and Julian Cope but, thanks to an ICA full of catchy and enjoyable pop songs, they pose a threat to the biggest of names and the most revered of line-ups.
Both songs selected this week have one-word titles which come in at a little over two-and-a-half minutes in length.
TH(NYC) opting for something which, despite being almost 40 years old, still sounds vibrant and fresh – they’ve also drafted in Brian Eno on production duties to the line up. TH (Yorks.) go with something that, although a flop single from 1986, typifies so much of their output.
Paper (from Fear of Music, 1979) v Sheep (from London 0 Hull 4, 1986)
The Velvet Underground v The Clash
Just as the audience begins to come to terms with the all-Manc tie which opens up this week’s offerings, this curve-ball delivers another strike. Two of the most admired bands in the competition, each having the firepower to go all the way, but only one will still be on their feet in six days time.
NYC or London?
Warhol or Rhodes??
Reed/Cale/Morrison/Tucker or Strummer/Jones/Simenon/Headon???
It’s all down to you.
The Clash are going for their third successive American scalp having beaten MGMT and R.E.M. in previous rounds, while VU have disposed of The National and Talk Talk with great ease. You may have to take your time with this one….
Foggy Notion (from VU : recorded 1969, released 1984) v Armagideon Time (b-side,1979)
The Jesus and Mary Chain v The The
Here’s a Scotland v England clash to complete a remarkable set of match-ups this week.
JAMC have had very comfortable wins over The Wondermints and Rod Stewart, and while this is a tougher assignment altogether, the names in other ties in this section of the draw surely demonstrate that it could have been a lot worse.
The The are going for a hat-trick of wins over Scottish acts having done enough to dispose of Simple Minds and The Skids. This is yet another step up in quality and, as is so often the case, much will depend on the random aspect of things:-
Never Understand (from Psychocandy, 1985) v Slow Emotion Replay (from Dusk, 1993)
Have fun….and happy listening.
Voting closes at 10pm on Friday 20 April.