The continuation of the knockout stages of the 2022 ICA World Cup. As explained last week, Round One is going to take eight weeks to complete, with these being the second set of ties.
Before revealing this week’s set of matches, it’s time to reveal what happened last week:
Match 1 : Iggy Pop v Vic Chestnutt
Iggy raced out to a very early lead and Vic never ever got going, picking up just the occasional vote throughout the week. Iggy took the honours by a score of 38-7.
Match 2 : The Ramones v Stevie Wonder
It was 8-1 to Stevie, and then it was 11-9 to da brudders, after which they traded punch after punch for the rest of the week. The final score was, unbelievably, 24-24.
The penalty shoot-out went to Stevie Wonder…..very cruel luck on The Ramones.
Match 3 : The Feelies v Ballboy
This one started off as a very even contest at 8-8 and a penalty shoot-out did seem a possibility. It was a game in which twelve of the voters didn’t offer an opinion on one or the other, but it was Ballboy who had the stronger second half, to go through by a score of 23-15.
Match 4 : Blondie v Nirvana
On paper, a mouth-watering clash that could have gone either way. It was the only game in which all 50 voters put up one name or another. In the end, too many felt that Pennyroyal Tea wasn’t as good or worthy a song as Rapture. A fairly easy 37-13 win for Blondie.
I should mention that, way back when I was planning all of this, I made the draw for the entirety of the competition based on the outcome of the groups, not knowing who would finish where, but the idea was group winners would face up to a team that came 8th in another group, with 2nd v 7th, 3rd v 6th and 4th v 5th……….kind of the luck of the draw but based on performance in the group stage.
A reminder also that, 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.
Edwyn Collins (3rd in Group D) v Uncle Tupelo (6th in Group C)
Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music (2nd in Group A) v Hot Chip (7th in Group B)
Chuck Prophet (4th in Group C) v The Jam (5th in Group A)
Joy Division (1st in Group B) v Pop Will Eat Itself (8th in Group D)
On hearing this particular match-up, the groans from the PWEI fanbase were, understandably, loud. But hey, it’s knockout rounds and anything is possible.
As ever, thanks for taking part. Voting closes at midnight (UK time) next Friday, which is the 16th of September.