ICA WORLD CUP 2022 : THE LAST 16

icaworldcupBack on 3 July, when I announced details of the 2022 ICA World Cup, I did recognise in advance that Sunday 27 November would be the pinch point as it marked the busiest day with all 8 matches of the latest round being scheduled.

I hadn’t however, fully appreciated that I’d be thousands of miles away from Villain Towers (not that I’m complaining), or factored in that something could very well go wrong with the laptop or internet access, thus bringing the whole thing crashing down.  But if you happen to be reading this, then my fears have proven to be unfounded.

I also didn’t factor in that one of the match-ups in the final set from Round 2 would prove to be the biggest nail biter of them all.

The Cure’s ICA, on paper, was one of the strongest.  The group stage saw them pick up 40 votes out of a possible 46, and the 87% hit-rate was the best of anyone in that stage.  In Round 1 of the knockout stage, they trounced The Chameleons by 33-8.  By Monday night of Round 2, a point in time when most of the votes have usually been cast, they held a 17-13 lead over Terry Hall, who was being represented by a Colourfield song.  A further eleven votes came in on time between Tuesday and Friday night.  Eleven absolutely crucial votes……

Match M : The Sweet 11 Orange Juice 32

Match N :  Soft Cell 23 The Breeders 18

Match O : David Bowie 25 Elvis Costello 18

Match P : The Cure 20 Terry Hall 21

I’ll add that Bill turned up to vote 90 minutes after the deadline having, unsurprisingly, fallen asleep after the England v USA match in the actual World Cup.   His vote was for Terry H, and so wouldn’t have affected the final outcome, but if he’d been in on time, the draw for the last 16 would have been slightly different…….

No rest at all for last week’s winners, as they join the previous twelve who came through the rigours of Round 2 to take their place in the last 16.

I long ago decided that the draw for this round would see the act with the highest number of votes last time out take on the act which came through with the least votes and so on… (1v16, 2v15, 3v14……..7v10, 8v9).

The song in each instance will be the first song on Side B of the ICA.

(1) Human League (ICA 228) v (16) Iggy Pop (ICA 183)

mp3 : Human League – Black Hit Of Space v mp3 : Iggy Pop – Gardenia

(2) Television (ICA 248) v (15) Terry Hall (ICA 277)

mp3: Television – Call Mr Lee v Nearly God – Bubbles *

*ICA 277 was a compilation of songs on which Terry Hall had a vocal

(3) Lloyd Cole (ICA 300) v (14) The Jam (ICA 152)

mp3: Lloyd Cole – Half Of Everything v mp3: The Jam – In The Street Today

(4) Orange Juice (ICA 219) v (13) Soft Cell (ICA 156)

mp3: Orange Juice – The Artisans v mp3: Soft Cell – Frustration

(5) John McGeoch (ICA 259) v  (12) Cinerama (ICA 296)

Propaganda – P-Machinery (beta)* v mp3: Cinerama – Wow (extended version) 

*ICA 259 was a compilation of songs on which John McGeoch played

(6)  Joy Division (ICA 160) v (11) David Bowie (ICA 284)

mp3: Joy Division – Disorder v mp3: David Bowie – Looking For Water

(7) Siouxsie & The Banshees (ICA 258) v (10) The Go-Betweens (ICA 200)

mp3: Siouxsie and The Banshees – Painted Bird v mp3: Go-Betweens – Head Full Of Steam

(8) Cocteau Twins (ICA 195) v (9) Blondie (ICA 198)

mp3: Cocteau Twins – Bluebeard v mp3: Blondie 11:59

If Bill’s votes had counted, Orange Juice would have been the #3 seed and Soft Cell would have moved up a slot to #12.  Three ties would then have been different – Orange Juice v The Jam; Lloyd Cole v Cinerama; and John McGeoch v Soft Cell.  So it goes……

Voting closes at midnight (UK time) next Friday, which is the 2nd of December. I’ll be coming towards the end of my holiday, and I’m hopeful that I’ll be still be sharp enough to bring you the results next Sunday, along with the match-ups for the quarter-finals.

Please note, the quarter-finals will be an all-in draw, rather than anything based on this week’s results.

JC

47 thoughts on “ICA WORLD CUP 2022 : THE LAST 16

  1. The Cure 20 Terry Hall 21
    And they said the Saudis beating Argentina was the biggest upset in World Cup history.

  2. Siouxsie and the Banshees
    Cocteau Twins x 5, if possible

    Bluebeard against almost anything would win for me except perhaps some other Cocteau nuggets. 11.59 is such a great song too – it’s all so unfair.

  3. Human League
    Television
    The Jam
    Soft Cell
    John McGeoch
    David Bowie
    Siouxsie & The Banshees
    Cocteau Twins

  4. Human League
    Terry Hall
    Lloyd Cole
    Soft Cell
    John McGeoch
    David Bowie
    Siouxsie & The Banshees
    Blondie

    SC

  5. Iggy Pop
    Television
    The Jam
    Orange Juice
    Cinerama
    Joy Division
    Siouxsie & The Banshees
    Cocteau Twins

  6. League
    Terry. H
    Soft cell
    Lloyd
    John M ( didn’t know he played on this and it’s such a good track)
    Bowie
    Go-Betweens
    Cocteau

  7. Human League
    Television
    The Jam
    Joy Division
    Siouxsie & The Banshees
    Cocteau Twins

    I usually vote on all the matches but a couple were disqualified for smuggling contraband Budweiser into the stadium.

  8. Getting tougher to choose

    Human League
    Nearly God / Terry Hall
    The Jam
    Orange Juice
    Cinerama
    Joy Division
    The Go-Betweens
    Blondie

  9. (1) Human League (ICA 228)
    (2) Television (ICA 248)
    (14) The Jam (ICA 152)
    (13) Soft Cell (ICA 156)
    (5) John McGeoch (ICA 259)
    (11) David Bowie (ICA 284)
    (7) Siouxsie & The Banshees (ICA 258)
    (9) Blondie (ICA 198)

  10. Iggy Pop
    Television
    Lloyd Cole
    Orange Juice
    John McGeoch
    Bowie
    Siouxsie & the Banshees
    Cocteau Twins

  11. Human League
    Terry Hall
    The Jam
    Orange Juice
    John McGeoch
    Joy Division
    Siouxsie & The Banshees
    Blondie

  12. Iggy Pop
    Television
    The Jam
    Soft Cell
    Propaganda / John McGeoch
    Joy Division
    Siouxsie & The Banshees – The Go-Betweens (Great match, but no winner)
    Blondie

  13. Missed a few weeks due to holidays, but back as it gets interesting;
    Iggy Pop
    Terry Hall
    Lloyd Cole
    Soft Cell
    Cinerama
    David Bowie
    Siouxsie & The Banshees
    Blondie

  14. Well, it’s all the obvious ones, I’m afraid, the ones which were predicted by the general public to win anyway … no real surprises here:

    Iggy Pop (ICA 183)

    Television (ICA 248)

    The Jam (ICA 152)

    Orange Juice (ICA 219)

    Cinerama (ICA 296)

    Joy Division (ICA 160)

    Siouxsie & The Banshees (ICA 258)

    Blondie (ICA 198)

  15. The Human Leagues
    The Televisions
    Lloyd and the Coles
    The Orange Juices
    John and the McGeoch’s
    The Joy Divisions, (sorry to The Bowies but the JD’s song is an instant brown sugar hit)
    Go and the Betweens
    The Cocteau Twinses

  16. Iggy Pop
    Television
    Jam
    Orange Juice
    John McGeoch
    Joy Division & David Bowie!!!…….Come On! (Joy Division AET + PS + More!!!!!)
    Go-Betweens
    Blondie

    Come on England!!!
    and Australia

    Cheers
    Stephen

  17. Sounds like this past week played out the way I thought this thing would, basically votes come in over the course of the week as people found the time to listen to the songs. I’ve been mystified why the bulk of votes come in on the first day…is the audience well familiar with them…are they voting for fave groups…maybe they’re applying the rules of the cup to figure out what songs and matchups are on tap for upcoming weeks? Good to see this round had people thinking, and since Terry and OJ made it through,. I can’t complain. Now, on to this week, it was a challenge with that return to the 16 song format!

    Human League v Iggy Pop
    Good tunes with both, but liked those meta lyrics more, rather seemed they were poking fun at themselves.

    Human League

    Television v Terry Hall
    I keep wanting to like Terry’s ICA entries more, but they’re mostly not doing it for me.

    Television

    Lloyd Cole v The Jam
    This was a close one. Load of familiarity with the Jam, but Lloyd Cole presents a song with more relatable lyrics at this stage of life. I suspect he’s the underdog in this matchup.

    Lloyd Cole

    Orange Juice v Soft Cell

    Orange Juice. ‘Nuff said.

    John McGeoch v Cinerama
    The song title here says it all, you can’t beat it.

    Cinerama

    Joy Division v David Bowie
    Neither thrills, but one did have me singing along a bit.

    David Bowie

    Siouxsie & The Banshees v The Go-Betweens
    A pretty decent outing by SATB, but up against HFoS? Just can’t compare.

    The Go-Betweens

    Cocteau Twins v Blondie
    One thing you can’t accuse Blondie of, a lackluster performance. Gotta go with the one that makes ya wanna jump up and dance.

    Blondie

  18. Human League
    Television
    The Jam
    Orange Juice
    John McGeoch
    Joy Division
    Siouxsie & The Banshees
    Cocteau Twins

  19. totally devastated of the loss for The Cure, I can’t believe it’s true. just managed a few games this round, totally depressed by the dismissal of Bob and his crying boys.

    Human League
    Lloyd Cole
    Joy D
    Siouxsie
    Cocteaus

  20. Human League
    Television
    The Jam
    Orange Juice
    Cinerama
    Joy Division
    Siouxsie and The Banshees
    Cocteau Twins

    Thanks!!

  21. 1) Human League – Black Hit Of Space
    2) Terry Hall / Nearly God – Bubbles
    3) Lloyd Cole – Half Of Everything
    4) Soft Cell – Frustration
    5) John McGeoch / Propaganda – P-Machinery (beta)
    6) Joy Division – Disorder
    7) The Go-Betweens – Head Full Of Steam
    8) Cocteau Twins – Bluebeard

  22. Human League
    Terry Hall
    Lloyd Cole
    Orange Juice
    Cinerama
    David Bowie
    The Go-Betweens
    Cocteau Twins

  23. Oh God. This round is tough. Almost all of the survivors I love are drawn together. Leab=ving the Germans and Portuguese to just go through withiut me noticing.
    OK. Here goes (after much listening and consideration)

    Tie 1: Iggy take sit as one of favourite tracks from the album.

    Tie 2: Television – JUST

    Tie 3: The easiest. No fan of Paul Weller so… Lloyd Cole

    Tie 4: Soft Cell take on a late goal (ala South Korea?)

    Tie 5: Love McGeoch. But tghat is Cinerama at their finest. Back and forth all game. Finally, The Boy Gedge manages a sweet volley and wins it. Wow!

    Tie 6: Bowie. Tricky tie, but his class (just about) wins through.

    Tie 7: Oh Crap! How did these two manage to get drawn together in only this round. A match worthy of any final. Not only that, but they both play their strongest sides. This is tough. Forgive me Grant and Robert. I had to … Siouxsie as it means more to me historically.

    Tie 8: Blondie. Not really taking any notiv=ce as I’m emotionally shattered after the last gane. Maybe the ball crossed the line before the Japaese player cut it back. Maybe it didn’t. The ref says goal so… Debbie etc. march on.

    Please – no tie ups like Match 7 until the final.

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