As usual, we will begin with the results from last week:-

Match 17 : Go-Betweens 25 It’s Immaterial 9

Match 18 : Human League 30 The Twilight Sad 9

Match 19 : Stereolab 14 Neil Young 21

Match 20: Bananarama 14 Beastie Boys 20

For a short time, the final match was competitive, but the NYC crew eventually proved too strong.   Neil Young held off something of a comeback from Stereolab, but as you can see from the final result, he scored a few late on.  Personally, I’m disappointed, having championed The Twilight Sad so many times on the blog over the years, that they picked up so few votes.  If VAR was part of the process, I might have found a way to remove most of the goals scored by the Human League.

This week’s intriguing(?) set of games…..

Suede (3rd in Group G) v Scritti Politti (6th in Group F)

mp3: Suede – Stay Together (long version) v mp3 : Scritti Politti – Tinseltown To The Boogiedown (Album Version ft. Mos Def & Lee Majors)

Manic Street Preachers (2nd in Group E) v The National (7th in Group H)

mp3: Manic Street Preachers – Patrick Bateman v mp3 : The National – Blank Slate

Siouxsie & The Banshees (4th in Group F) v Amelia Fletcher (5th in Group E)

mp3: Siouxsie & The Banshees – Helter Skelter v mp3: The Catenary Wires – Mirrorball

(Amelia Fletcher’s ICA was a compilation of songs by various bands she has been part of)

Lloyd Cole (1st in Group H) v The Delgados (8th in Group G)

mp3: Lloyd Cole – Like Lovers Do (Stephen Street Mix) v mp3: The Delgados – Pull The Wires From The Wall

As ever, thanks for taking part.  Voting closes at midnight (UK time) next Friday, which is the 14th of October.



  1. Just 2 this time. Number one is easy…


    Number two, however, was a hugely difficult decision to make and in the end it had to be…

    Siouxsie and the Banshees (it’s been a favourite for the longest of times) – hearing it first at the tender age of 15.

    Catenary Wires (Amelia) forgive me – for I know not what I have done. This choice was brutal. ICA compatriots – the worm turned.

  2. Suede
    Caternary wires

    I would have expected to be Team Siouxsie but after finding it in the ICA, Mirrorball is my second most played track this year (after Baltimore by Prince if you are curious).

  3. Suede
    Manics (could be in trouble due to track not being the strongest entry – fingers crossed)
    Siouxsie -clearest possible winner The MAn City of this round
    Delgados – tricky!!!

  4. Well, I have three very straightforward choices this week and one real battle of conscience!

    Match 1
    Suede easily overcome Scritti Polliti. Mr Gartside’s song just doesn’t permeate my musical world I’m afraid. Mr Anderson and co win comfortably even though this version of Stay Together is a little long for my liking.

    Match 2
    The National overcome The Manics purely on the basis that this is the style of Manics song that I detest. Far too metal-like for my tastes. They are a Marmite band to me and occasionally I do like them but not this time. Therefore The National go through with a song that is nice enough.

    Match 4
    Ooh a lovely song from The Delgados edges out the very talented Mr Cole. Maybe with a different song he might have swayed my opinion but alas not this time.

    Match 3
    This is where I have a battle of conscience. I love Siouxsie & The Banshees. I bought all of their albums when they came out and The Scream has always been amongst my favourite albums. Helter Skelter is a fine song and the only fault that I can find is that it is a cover version.
    Amelia Fletcher is a person whom I like very much. I went to see The Catenary Wires play live in Ashford, Kent just last Thursday and they were in fine form. They of course played Mirrorball which is a favourite of mine. I’ve spoken with and enjoyed the company of Amelia (and Rob Pursey) on a fair few occasions in the last few years and they are amongst my favourite people in music.
    Therefore, despite my love of The Banshees it is Amelia Fletcher that takes my vote.

    To Recap:
    The National
    Amelia Fletcher
    The Delgados

  5. @pawa50

    This “I would have expected to be Team Siouxsie but after finding it in the ICA, Mirrorball is my second most played track this year (after Baltimore by Prince if you are curious).” …made me smile. Thanks!


    I agree Amelia and Rob are friendly, warm and generous folk and also two of my most favourite people in music.

  6. Scritti Politti – Tinseltown To The Boogiedown (Album Version ft. Mos Def & Lee Majors)
    Manic Street Preachers – Patrick Bateman
    The Catenary Wires – Mirrorball
    The Delgados – Pull The Wires From The Wall

    At a glance, I suspect I’m swimming against the current on the first one, and Green Gartside spending most of the song at the back may prove to be Scritti’s downfall in the ICA World Cup.

    The National nearly stole a late equaliser but the Manics proved too formidable a team in the end.

    Amelia Fletcher/The Catenary Wires and The Delgados beat their Premier League opposition thanks to a strong performance on the day, when it really mattered.

  7. I was 50/50 on this one. Surprised that Twilight Sad didn’t have a stronger showing against HL, thought they had a pretty tight match there. The rest of the selections didn’t thrill, so last week’s results other than the loss by TS don’t bother me much either way. On to this week!

    Suede v Scritti Politti
    Close one here, I give it to;


    Manic Street Preachers v The National
    One interesting song, one more tuneful, I give it to;

    The National

    Siouxsie & The Banshees v Amelia Fletcher
    Not even close on this one, I give it to;

    Amelia Fletcher

    Lloyd Cole v The Delgados
    Sort of close here, I give it to;

    Lloyd Cole

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