And then there were four. Some odd coincidences in the total votes for the losing songs, but it’s a statistical anomaly, not some random mis-typing or any evidence of a conspiracy. While everyone will be disappointed that some of their own favourite songs haven’t made it this far, it probably should be said that we’ve got ourselves a good spread of semi-finalists. One song from the 80s, one from the 90s, and two from the, er, 2000s; one song each from probably the most popular albums amongst the voters (Cammell Laird and Achtung Bono); and a nice mixture of a good rant, a good thrash, a dig at the chattering classes and a clever piece of regional whimsy. Nobody could suggest that any of the four has had an easy ride this far either. All can be said to be the favourite songs on their respective albums, as all except one won their qualifying groups, and the fourth was only edged into second place in its group by the tiniest of margins, and promptly beat its conqueror in the knockout stage.

The draw for the Semi-Finals will take place later over the weekend.

A Country Practice 137 v 124 Them’s The Vagaries
The Trumpton Riots 179 v 124 Joy Division Oven Gloves
When The Evening Sun Goes Down 85 v 160 The Light at the End of the Tunnel (is the Light of an Oncoming Train)
Evening Of Swing (Has Been Cancelled) 85 v 187 For What Is Chatteris…