I 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)
The Beatles (ICA 244) v John McGeoch (ICA 259)
*ICA 259 was a compilation of tracks on which McGeoch played guitar
Ash (ICA 190) v Cocteau Twins (ICA 195)
Echo & The Bunnymen (ICA 225) v Cinerama (ICA 296)
As ever, thanks for taking part. Voting closes at midnight (UK time) next Friday, which is the 11th of November.