All the postings for the initial Group stages are being typed up, readied and posted at the same time, weeks in advance, and as such I have no idea how well (or badly) folk responded to Group A. I’ll be going forward in any event, certainly for the next seven weeks, but like a gig or festival which is cancelled late on due to poor ticket sales, I’ll be keeping a close watch on things as they head towards the knock-out stages.
Once again, sixteen songs are competing for your votes today, with eight of them set to qualify for the knock-out stages. As mentioned last week, all the songs, in the group stages, will be #1 from all the relevant ICAs, and they are listed below in alphabetical order of the singer or group involved.
Black Box Recorder – Child Psychology (ICA 179)
Blondie – X-Offender (ICA 198)
Blur – Crazy Beat (ICA 189)
Clearlake – Almost The Same (ICA 279)
Electronic – Getting Away With It (ICA 205)
Fad Gadget – Back To Nature (ICA 231)
Hot Chip – Ready For The Floor (ICA 216)
Joe Jackson – One To One (ICA 196)
Joy Division – Digital (ICA 160)
Quickspace – Friends (ICA 263)
Josh Ritter – Snow Is Gone (ICA 162)
The Siddeleys – Sunshine Thuggery (ICA 265)
Urusei Yatsura – Siamese (ICA 268)
With all respect to Group A, this week’s mix is one to get the juices flowing, with a few big names coming out of the hat, and not all of them certain to get through. Bernard Sumner makes two appearances this week, again by chance. He’s been denied the hat-trick as there’s no eligible ICAs from New Order or Bad Lieutenant.
As usual, voting closes at midnight (UK time) next Saturday, which is the 23rd of July.