As promised last week, jimdoes, whose concept it was to have an ICA World Cup, will take you through this week’s tasty match-ups, but before then, the final scores on the ties you’ve had to deliberate on these past seven days:-
The Jam 37 The Detroit Cobras 6
Half Man Half Biscuit 25 Trash Can Sinatras 17
Pete Wylie 27 PJ Harvey 17
Magazine 19 The Wedding Present 25
At one point I thought Magazine were set to pull off an historic victory as they closed what had been a substantial gap down to just two points some 24 hours before the close of voting, but the extra helping of apple pie on the final day saw TWP survive to fight another day. Here’s some great comments in respect of each match:-
The Jam v Detroit Cobras : I love a plucky underdog, especially against a mighty top side (in recent weeks I’ve been cheering on Newport County (well, OK, most weeks I cheer for the County), Rochdale and Wigan!) So when I saw The Jam vs The Detroit Cobras, I was ready to cast my vote for Motor City’s finest R&B covers band. Until I saw Weller & Co had fielded Billy Hunt. From that moment on, there was only going to be one result…THE ROBSTER
Half Man Half Biscuit v Trash Can Sinatras : National Shite Day is our new national anthem so no contest. Overhead a rainbow appears. In black and white…..SWISS ADAM
Pete Wylie v PJ Harvey : Pete pips poor Polly, producing pristine, proto-pop pleaser…..MICKY
Magazine (“Oh, 10 points for them and they are very good indeed. 10 points by all accounts!”) v The Wedding Present (“And 11 points for them because I can understand the singer better!”). I said: “But you don’t speak English.”. “No”, he replied, “but he (Gedge) is a bit a slower and thus more comprehensible.”. So match ended 10:11…..DIRK & LITTLE LOSER.
The final submission this week, which came from themostdisagreeablefirst, did make me laugh out loud. He/she typed the word ‘Magazine’ ten times and asked ‘does that help’? Given that I actually wanted Shot By Both Sides to get through, it was tempting……but in the end, it only counted for one vote.
That’s enough for week 3.
First up, I want to thank JC for taking my crackpot scheme and turning it in to a brilliant series – and all the people who have voted and added brilliant comments about each tie.
Matches 13-16 of Round 2
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions v Arab Strap
A match that guarantees a Scottish team in the next round. If I knew anything about Scottish football I’d make a comparison between various teams and these two bands. But I don’t. So I won’t – as it would probably upset a lot of people. Anyway, last round both teams were expected to win their ties which they duly did, without any trouble – seeing off The Pipettes and A Certain Ratio respectively. I know who I’m voting for in this round but it’s a tie that I think is difficult to call.
Mister Malcontent (from Mainstream, 1987) v Packs Of Three (from Philophobia, 1998)
British Sea Power v Orange Juice
The magic of the cup. This is the televised round of the week – the broadcasters licking their lips at the prospect of two of the dark horses going head to head. British Sea Power are taking no chances even though they have home advantage and are playing a really strong team. Meanwhile, Edwyn Collins‘ team have foregone their usual Orange kit and have opted for their away colours – Blue Boys. BSP were also the televised match in the previous round, seeing off Beach House much to my relief. And Orange Juice ran up a cricket score against the unfortunate Tilly and The Wall, despite their fancy footwork.
Remember Me (from The Decline of British Sea Power, 2001) v Blue Boy (single 1980)
Lambchop v Pulp
In the previous round Lambchop beat Martha and The Muffins in a match that was end to end – it took a strong second half performance from Kurt Wagner‘s team to win. Pulp saw off a spirited display from Tindersticks to set up this tie. In an effort to appear neutral I’ll just say that Lambchop must be cursing their luck with this draw. Not only coming up against one of the tournament favourites but then having Pulp put out their ‘A’ team must be particularly hard to take. Still, everyone loves an underdog – could we see an upset here?
I’ve Been Lonely For So Long (from What Another Man Spills, 1998) v Common People (from Different Class, 1995)
Pavement v Clyde McPhatter
With his choice of song, has Clyde McPhatter already thrown in the towel in this tie? He’s been the underdog before and come through a closely fought match against Gene Loves Jezabel. Or will Pavement‘s slacker style count against them. On paper it doesn’t look like they are taking any chances, especially as they experienced a minor scare in the previous round against The Twilight Sad before running out eventual winners.
Cut Your Hair (from Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, 1994) v Have Mercy Baby by Billy Ward & The Dominoes (single, 1951)
As ever, the deadline for voting is next Friday, 9 March, with a 10pm cut-off time in the UK.
JC will be back with next week’s four games by which point we will getting close to knowing the make-up of the last- standing 32 sides.