Last week’s pairings delivered a match-up for the ages, along with another tie that was close throughout for the most part. The other two games, while not exactly being blow-outs, saw a couple of substantial early leads that were never in much danger.
At 10pm (UK time) on the Sunday evening, just 16 hours after polling had opened, I did a quick count for all four games. Television and John McGeoch both held identical leads of 20-10 over their opponents. Only a further 18 set of votes came in through to Friday night, and the gaps never closed (not everyone cast four votes!)
Match E : Television 33 Buddy Holly 13
Match F : Beatles 16 John McGeoch 31
It was Northern Ireland v Scotland in Match G. Ash v Cocteau Twins, and at the first count, it was a 15-14 lead for Scotland. The next few days saw Northern Ireland slowly run out of steam, giving a final result of:-
Match G : Ash 20 Cocteau Twins 27
And so, to Liverpool v Leeds. The Bunnymen had racked up the most points in Round 1, and with a singles-heavy ICA to fall back on, could very much be regarded as one of the favourites. But in this round, a live cover version was the song for consideration, and as DAM observed in his comments (he was 26th to cast his votes)
“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 could be heading for a fall.”
Cinerama‘s effort had a bit of the continental flair about it, and was picking up a fair few votes….but given they had initially qualified in 6th place from the same group the Bunnymen had won, and in Round 1 had got through by 26-7 when the Bunnymen had triumphed 33-4….it seemed an awful lot to overcome.
Sunday night. The score was tied at 15-15. 24 hours later, it was 20-19 to Liverpool.
By the time I woke up on Tuesday morning, two more votes had come in. It was now 21-20 to Leeds. Tuesday itself saw it move out to a 23-21 lead for Cinerama. No votes arrived on Wednesday or Thursday, but I was waiting on the final flurry on Friday with a great amount of anticipation.
Both picked up one vote each while I was asleep, meaning it was soon 24-22. The next vote came in at 12.42pm and made it 24-23.
Hamirthehermit dropped by 5.50pm. As ever, he offered up a commentary on each of his selections. As far as the nail-biter went…..
‘Have a lot more favourite songs by Cinerama than the Bunnies. And I’m not a fan of the Stones. But a good cover of a good song takes it this round. Echo & The Bunnymen’.
That made it 24-24
Earlier in the day, thinking that there might eventually be a tie, I had come up with a possible way out of any such impasse.
I made good on a long-time commitment to meet up with Comrade Colin on Friday afternoon. At one point over our second coffee/diet cola, I mentioned the Bunnymen v Cinerama match-up and asked him that in the event of it finishing in a tie, which of the two songs he would have voted for.
In effect, I was appointing him as the VAR, if required.
But would it come down to that? Midnight came and went……..
Match H : Echo and The Bunnymen 24 Cinerama 24
Cinerama won the penalty shoot-out…….courtesy of Comrade Colin’s preference.
For what it’s worth, if I had been voting, I’d have gone for the Bunnymen on the basis of me seeing them play a storming version of Paint It Black at the Glasgow Barrowlands back in 1985 that has long-lived in the memory. But having decided how the call should be made, my huge thanks to the Comrade for helping out.
After all that, it’s time to turn our attention to today’s quartet, featuring the four who got through from the fifth and sixth 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. Will there be any drama?
The Go-Betweens (ICA 200) v Neil Young (ICA 259)
Human League (ICA 228) v Beastie Boys (ICA 285)
Suede (ICA 209) v Siouxsie & The Banshees (ICA 258)
Lloyd Cole (ICA 300) v The National (ICA 243)
As ever, thanks for taking part. Voting closes at midnight (UK time) next Friday, which is the 18th of November.