icaworldcupI thought away back when pulling this thing together that the really close contests might start to appear by the time we got to Round 2, with us being down to the last 32 standing.  Were my instincts right?

The first 20 sets of votes (50% of the final total) had arrived by 2pm on Sunday afternoon, just nine hours after polling had opened.  Three of the ties already looked done and dusted, while the other would have required a sizable comeback from the Edinburgh band to overcome the man born as James Osterberg Jr.

But here’s the thing…..the team from Edinburgh mounted that comeback, and by Wednesday night, the lead had been reduced to just one.  It was turning into the game of the tournament.

Match A : Iggy Pop 19 Ballboy 18

Match B : Blondie 26 Stevie Wonder 13

Match C : Edwyn Collins 15 The Jam 22

Match D : Joy Division 29 Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry 10

Yup…..nobody came in with late votes this week – the last was cast at 11.11pm on Wednesday – and so Iggy was able to hold on and take his place in the last 16, the details of which are still a few weeks away.

Today’s quartet features the four who came through from the third and fourth weeks in Round 1.  A reminder that the song up for consideration in Round 2 will always be the third track on Side A of the ICA in question.

Television (ICA 248) v Buddy Holly (ICA 285)

mp3: Television – Marquee Moon v mp3 : Buddy Holly – Peggy Sue Got Married

The Beatles (ICA 244) v John McGeoch (ICA 259)

mp3: Beatles – I Should Have Known Better v mp3 : Siouxsie & The Banshees – Spellbound*

*ICA 259 was a compilation of tracks on which McGeoch played guitar

Ash (ICA 190) v Cocteau Twins (ICA 195)

mp3: Ash – A Life Less Ordinary v mp3: Cocteau Twins – Carolyn’s Fingers

Echo & The Bunnymen (ICA 225) v Cinerama (ICA 296)

mp3: Echo and The Bunnymen – Paint It Black (live)  v mp3: Cinerama – Lollobrigida

As ever, thanks for taking part.  Voting closes at midnight (UK time) next Friday, which is the 11th of November.



  1. Buddy Holly
    John McGeoch
    Cocteau Twins – by the longest country mile, sorry Ash.

  2. for me the first tough round
    Buddy |Holly
    Cocteau Twins
    Echo & Bunnymen

    several darlings abandoned today

  3. Tough choices here…
    Televsion (do you go for one of the greats or one of the greatest?)
    Beatles (as above but the other way round)
    Ash (though it pains me, as Cocteaus are one of the greats – but the song wins)
    Cinerama – a relatively easy one, because I never really liked that cover by the Bunnymen

  4. Buddy Holly loses partly by dint of having a weak entry, partly due to Television playing the equivalent of Haaland (Erling not Alfie).
    Easy choice, even withiut McGeoch turning in one of the great performances on one of my favourite banshees singles.
    Looks like the Bunnymen have done the equivalent of playing the under 23s, assuming that they will need the big guns later. But on this showing, they coould be heading for a fall. On the basis of tracks played NOT love for the band


  5. A tricky round for me. I’m a massive Buddy Holly fan, but when his weak posthumous song faces the might of Marquee Moon there can really only be one result. Then there’s A Life Less Ordinary, one of the great Ash tunes that on any other day would surely triumph, but Carolyn’s Fingers is my all-time favourite Cocteau Twins song, so I’m afraid it’s a no-brainer.


  6. 1) Television – Marquee Moon
    2) John McGeoch / Siouxsie & The Banshees – Spellbound
    3) Cocteau Twins – Carolyn’s Fingers
    4) Cinerama – Lollobrigida

  7. Television
    Cocteau Twins
    Echo & Bunnymen

    The real WC will no dobt be just as difficult to pick!


  8. 4 all time greats here:

    Cocteau Twins
    Bunnymen (despite slightly dodgy cover version) on pens…

  9. Television – Marquee Moon
    Siouxsie & The Banshees – Spellbound
    Cocteau Twins – Carolyn’s Fingers
    Cinerama – Lollobrigida


  10. Well, yours truly DID come in with a late vote last week, just too late to count! Not that it would have made any difference other than as consolation to the losers and beefing up Iggy’s win. That was a close one, though, had I shown up on time and gone the other way, it would have been a coin toss. Surprised that the strongest song yet fielded by Stevie Wonder lost, especially considering what it was up against. Considering I only got one this go round, it does seem my tastes run contrary to that of many of the VV crowd. Well, on to this week! And before the deadline!

    Television v Buddy Holly
    Can’t beat that riff.

    The Beatles v John McGeoch
    The Harmonica makes it.

    Ash v Cocteau Twins
    Close one here. One has a lot more energy, the other a haunting vocalist, in the end my choice;

    Echo & The Bunnymen v Cinerama
    Have a lot more favourite songs by Cinerama than the Bunnies. And I’m not a fan of the Stones. But a good cover version of a good song takes it this round.
    Echo & the Bunnymen

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