This has been fun hasn’t it? But now we are getting into the really serious part of the competition.
The result of the final game in Round 5 was:-
The Jam 23 Lloyd Cole & The Commotions 11
The score doesn’t quite reflect how decent a contest this was and it really is quite amaxing that Weller, Foxton & Buckler are still going despite their ICA featuring just album tracks and no singles or b-sides.
Here’s who is still standing….Billy Bragg, The Clash, The Jam and Pulp. Not too shabby a line-up and I’m thinking that many of you will have had initial thoughts that they could all go a long way depending on the vagaries of the draw…talking of which…..
Semi Final 1 : Pulp v Billy Bragg
Semi Final 2 : The Jam v The Clash
PULP v BILLY BRAGG
Blimey……this offers a tough choice between two very different types of songs.
The Pulp ICA was compiled by Tim Badger
After about ten years the wilderness, Pulp emerged with this tale of teenage tea time obsession. It begins innocently enough with Jarvis talking about afternoons with girls in bedrooms – before he goes well a bit perverse and then delivering this withering punchline “I only went with her ‘cause she looked like you!”
and the track on offer from Billy was on an ICA stitched beautifully together by Walter.
With no backing band but his own electric guitar, Billy Bragg sang ‘Between the Wars’ as a first-person narrative of a miner hoping his hard work would be rewarded by care from the government his efforts helped support. Another song about the miners in the 80s and maybe one of his most emotional ones.
Both are outstanding pieces of music and very representative of what made both acts such essential listening. Which one are you prepared to give the nod? A place in the ICA World Cup Final is at stake…