The FIFA World Cup has delivered some drama, shocks and last-minute goals that have changed the fortunes of the participating teams. You could argue it is merely mimicking the ICA World Cup, especially the knockout rounds.
A huge thanks to everyone who took the time to vote on the eight ties brought to you last Sunday. The comments revealed that a number of you had real difficulty choosing one song over another, and this led to a higher number of draws or non-committals than previous weeks. A couple of the ties were more or less decided quite early on, but nobody was on the end of a thrashing a la Costa Rica at the hands of Spain.
I reckon that the other six ties saw changes of leads on at least one occasions, while two matches swung back and forth to the extent they were only decided with the last couple of kicks of the ball. 46 sets of votes came in…..only one game was voted on by everyone.
Human League 29 Iggy Pop 16
Television 24 Terry Hall 17
Lloyd Cole 20 The Jam 24
Orange Juice 23 Soft Cell 16
John McGeoch 21 Cinerama 19
Joy Division 28 David Bowie 17
Siouxsie & The Banshees 20 Go-Betweens 22
Cocteau Twins 21 Blondie 25
It’s straight into the quarter-final stage. The songs will be Track 2 of Side A of the relevant ICA
Television (ICA 248) v Joy Division (ICA 160)
John McGeoch (ICA 259) v The Jam (ICA 152)
*ICA 259 is a compilation featuring John McGeoch on guitar – this track is taken from a performance on Whistle Test on BBC2 back in 1986
The Go-Betweens (ICA 200) v Orange Juice (ICA 219)
Human League (ICA 228) v Blondie (ICA 198)
Voting closes at midnight (UK time) next Friday, which is the 9th of December, with the results and the semi-final draw appearing next Sunday.
NB: If Siouxsie and her motley crew had got through, it would have been Hong Kong Garden v Lovesick in the third tie above…..but if Soft Cell had beaten Orange Juice, (and Siouxsie had also won), then it would have been Hong Kong Garden v Bedsitter. We should maybe collectively be grateful that it didn’t come to that……..