At long last, we reach the knockout stages of the 2022 ICA World Cup, with just the 64 sides left standing* after tallying up all votes that were cast during the group stage.
Round One will take eight weeks to complete, with each Sunday offering up four head-to-head match-ups in which you are being asked to provide a winner. For this round, the tune being offered up for consideration will be the second song on side two of the ICA; if the ICA wasn’t spilt in half at the time of writing, it will be song 7 in a ten-track ICA, or song 8 in a twelve-track ICA, etc.
The tension and excitement is palpable, so without any further messing around:-
Iggy Pop (winner of Group A) v Vic Chesnutt (8th in Group C)
mp3: Iggy Pop – Bang Bang v mp3 : Vic Chesnutt – Marathon
The Ramones (4th in Group D) v Stevie Wonder (5th in Group B)
mp3: The Ramones – Little Bit O’ Soul v mp3 : Stevie Wonder – You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
The Feelies (2nd in Group C) v Ballboy (7th in Group D)
mp3: The Feelies – Tomorrow, Today v mp3: Ballboy – Kiss Me, Hold Me and Eat Me
Blondie (3rd in Group B) v Nirvana (6th in Group A)
mp3: Blondie – Rapture v mp3: Nirvana – Pennyroyal Tea
The interesting thing about most ICAs is that the 7th track is often a personal favourite of the author and a lesser-known song rather than a hit, as can be seen from a number of the tunes up for consideration this week.
Enjoy listening and voting. As ever, it will be done via the comments section, and you have until midnight (UK time) next Friday,** which is the 9th of September.
*I know I’ve still to reveal who qualified from Group H, but none of those singers or groups were due to feature in this part of the 1st Round draw.
**The change to a Friday from Saturday is to enable me to reveal the results at the same time as the next set of matches.