Stowaway World Cup – Group Stages – Games 37-40

Game 37: Pet Shop Boys versus I Monster

  1. 5+6. No goal.
  2. 2+4. Goal for quality of last album. Easy goal for Pet Shop Boys. 1-0.
  3. 1+3. No goal.
  4. 1+3. No goal.
  5. 5+4. No goal.
  6. 4+6. Goal for total weeks on UK album chart. 2-0.
  7. 5+2. No goal.
  8. 2+4. Re-roll. 2+4. Re-roll. 5+5. No goal.
  9. 4+4. Goal for number of UK top ten hits. 3-0.
  10. 2+4. Re-roll. 5+2. No goal. Pet Shop Boys win 3-0.

Game 38: Röyksopp versus Air

  1. 2+2. Goal for number of studio albums to date. 0-1.
  2. 4+2. Goal for most years between first and last hit. Röyksopp can claim 2001-2014, and Air just 1998-2004. 1-1.
  3. 6+4. Goal for highest number of search engine results. Air cheat a bit by having such a common name, and I couldn’t really get the results down to a sensible number, so we’ll say no goal.
  4. 3+3. No goal.
  5. 4+3. Goal for highest number of remixes of another artist. Looks likely to be Röyksopp, so 2-1.
  6. 2+6. Goal for number of permanent members. No goal.
  7. 6+1. Goal for number of BRIT Award wins. No goal.
  8. 3+3. No goal.
  9. 1+6. No goal.
  10. 5+2. No goal. Röyksopp sneak a 2-1 win over the leaders of their group.

Game 39: David Bowie versus Leftfield

  1. 5+1. No goal.
  2. 1+6. No goal.
  3. 6+1. Goal for number of BRIT Award wins. 1-0.
  4. 4+2. Goal for most years between first and last hit. 2-0.
  5. 1+2. No goal.
  6. 5+5. No goal.
  7. 2+3. Goal for quality of first album. Easy goal for Leftfield. 2-1.
  8. 6+1. Re-roll. 4+6. Goal for total weeks on UK album chart. 3-1.
  9. 4+5. Goal for number of UK hit albums. 4-1.
  10. 1+6. No goal. Bowie, undefeated in his group, wins 4-1.

Game 40: New Order versus The Radiophonic Workshop

  1. 6+2. Goal for highest estimated total sales. 1-0.
  2. 2+5. Goal for best artwork. New Order, for Music Complete and probably various others. 2-0.
  3. 1+3. No goal.
  4. 1+5. No goal.
  5. 5+2. No goal.
  6. 4+2. Goal for most years between first and last hit. 3-0.
  7. 1+2. No goal.
  8. 1+2. No goal.
  9. 2+6. Goal for number of permanent members. Since The Radiophonic Workshop has been something of a revolving door, this is likely New Order, but it would be near-impossible to verify. Since it won’t make a difference to the result, we’ll rule this to be no goal.
  10. 6+1. Goal for number of BRIT Award wins. New Order, with one. They win 4-0.
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Stowaway World Cup – Group Stages – Games 29-32

Game 29: I Monster versus Client

  1. 5+3. No goal.
  2. 4+4. Goal for number of UK top ten hits. Neither has any, so no goal.
  3. 3+6. No goal.
  4. 2+2. Goal for number of studio albums to date. I Monster‘s discography isn’t easy to decipher, but I think they have the edge. 1-0.
  5. 3+5. No goal.
  6. 6+3. Goal for highest number of mentions on blog. 2-0.
  7. 2+2. Re-roll. 5+2. No goal.
  8. 2+6. Goal for number of permanent members. Client have one, and I’m pretty sure I Monster have two, so 3-0.
  9. 6+2. Goal for highest estimated total sales. There’s no real way of confirming this, so I’ll rule this a no-goal.
  10. 1+4. No goal. I Monster win 3-0.

Game 30: Air versus Enigma

  1. 6+6. A shocking foul at the start of the game! 1+5 tells us that a player is sent off from the right-hand team. That would be Michael Cretu playing dirty for Enigma, and since he’s their only remaining player, the game ends. 0-0, but the referee is awarding the win to Air.

Game 31: Ladytron versus Leftfield

  1. 1+2. No goal.
  2. 3+3. No goal.
  3. 3+6. No goal.
  4. 3+4. No goal.
  5. 1+1. No goal.
  6. 3+6. Still no goal!
  7. 5+1. No goal.
  8. 2+2. Finally. Goal for number of studio albums to date. 1-0.
  9. 5+2. No goal.
  10. 6+4. Goal for highest number of search engine results. 1-1. Draw!

Game 32: William Orbit versus The Radiophonic Workshop

  1. 2+4. Goal for quality of last album. William Orbit scores! 1-0.
  2. 2+5. Goal for best artwork. Some great options for both teams, but I’m going to say 1-1.
  3. 1+2. No goal.
  4. 5+3. No goal.
  5. 4+2. Goal for most years between first and last hit. William Orbit has a few hits, while The Radiophonic Workshop don’t appear to have any (I don’t entirely believe this). 2-1.
  6. 3+5. No goal.
  7. 3+4. No goal.
  8. 6+2. Goal for highest estimated total sales. 3-1.
  9. 3+4. No goal.
  10. 5+5. No goal. William Orbit wins 3-1.

Stowaway World Cup – Group Stages – Games 13-16

Game 13: The Beloved versus I Monster

  1. 1+4. No goal.
  2. 1+2. No goal.
  3. 3+3. No goal.
  4. 2+2. Goal for number of studio albums to date. Neither has many, but I Monster clinch it. 0-1.
  5. 5+1. No goal.
  6. 2+6. Goal for number of permanent members. Another goal for I Monster, who have held on to both of their members. 0-2.
  7. 6+6. Foul. 5+1. The higher number on the left means that one of The Beloved gets sent off, and since they only officially have Jon Marsh at the moment, that means the game is over. 0-2.

Game 14: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark versus Air

  1. 5+6. No goal.
  2. 3+5. No goal.
  3. 2+3. Goal for quality of first album. OK, that’s OMD‘s flawed but lovely eponymous album, or Moon Safari. Both great candidates, but I think that’s Air edging ahead. 0-1.
  4. 1+6. No goal.
  5. 3+4. No goal.
  6. 1+4. No goal.
  7. 4+3. Goal for highest number of remixes of another artist. Clear win for Air. 0-2.
  8. 5+2. No goal.
  9. 5+3. No goal.
  10. 3+5. No goal. Surprise win for Air there – 0-2.

Game 15: The Human League versus Leftfield

  1. 5+3. No goal.
  2. 2+4. Goal for quality of last album. Well, The Human League‘s Credo wasn’t great, while Leftfield‘s last release was. 0-1.
  3. 1+4. No goal.
  4. 1+1. No goal.
  5. 4+6. Goal for total weeks on UK album chart. Closer than I’d have thought, but that sees The Human League equalise. 1-1.
  6. 4+6 again, so let’s re-roll (the rules aren’t entirely clear about this, but referee’s decision is final). 2+5. Goal for best artwork. Both have had some great moments, but Dare is the most iconic. 2-1.
  7. 6+2. Goal for highest estimated total sales. Hard to be certain, but it seems likely The Human League. 3-1.
  8. 4+4. Goal for number of UK top ten hits. Easy win for The Human League. 4-1.
  9. 5+2. No goal.
  10. 2+5. Let’s give Leftfield a go, since Leftism is great too. 4-2.

Game 16: The Future Sound of London versus The Radiophonic Workshop

  1. 4+3. Goal for highest number of remixes of another artist. Easy goal for FSOL. 1-0.
  2. 3+5. No goal.
  3. 5+2. No goal.
  4. 3+1. No goal.
  5. 5+1. No goal.
  6. 3+2. No goal.
  7. 5+3. No goal.
  8. 4+2. Goal for most years between first and last hit. Tricky. FSOL have a range of 1992-2001. The Radiophonic Workshop have probably had hits – I just couldn’t find any. We’ll call it no goal.
  9. 3+3. No goal.
  10. 5+2. No goal. So a low scoring game, but FSOL win 1-0.

Stowaway World Cup – The Draw

OK, time for the all-important draw. Pot A consists of the top 8 artists by mentions on this blog:

  • Pet Shop Boys
  • Depeche Mode
  • Jean-Michel Jarre
  • Röyksopp
  • Erasure
  • New Order
  • David Bowie
  • Goldfrapp

Pot B consists of the next eight, except that Moby is busy getting vegan tattoos, so won’t be taking part this year. Delerium, Front Line Assembly, and Conjure One are pretty much the same people anyway, so they have formed a single team together.

  • Saint Etienne
  • Kraftwerk
  • Sparks
  • Delerium / Front Line Assembly / Conjure One
  • The Human League
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  • The Future Sound of London
  • The Beloved

Pot C sees a few disqualifications, with Vince Clarke taking part as part of Erasure, and Martin L. Gore playing for Depeche Mode:

  • Air
  • Little Boots
  • Massive Attack
  • Kylie Minogue
  • I Monster
  • William Orbit
  • Ladytron
  • Hot Chip

Finally, Pot D sees Dave Gahan disqualified for being part of Depeche Mode, plus U2 and Coldplay disqualified for not being very good. Yazoo formed a team with Madonna, for no particularly good reason.

  • Madonna and Yazoo
  • The Radiophonic Workshop
  • Leftfield
  • Everything But The Girl
  • Shit Robot
  • Client
  • Enigma
  • Bent

After the draw, the eight groups look like this:

  • Group A: Jean-Michel Jarre, Delerium / Front Line Assembly / Conjure One, Little Boots, Madonna and Yazoo
  • Group B: Depeche Mode, Sparks, Kylie Minogue, Everything But The Girl
  • Group C: Erasure, Saint Etienne, Massive Attack, Shit Robot
  • Group D: Goldfrapp, Kraftwerk, Hot Chip, Bent
  • Group E: Pet Shop Boys, The Beloved, I Monster, Client
  • Group F: Röyksopp, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Air, Enigma
  • Group G: David Bowie, The Human League, Ladytron, Leftfield
  • Group H: New Order, The Future Sound of London, William Orbit, The Radiophonic Workshop

So the first game will be Jean-Michel Jarre versus Madonna and Yazoo, in a couple of days’ time.

Stowaway Awards 2019

So now we finally find out who the winners of the all-important 2019 Stowaways are!

Best Single

Already announced just before the new year, the winner of the Best Single award this year goes to Ladytron, for The Animals.

Best Album

  • Dubstar “One”
  • Front Line Assembly “WarMech”
  • The Future Sound of London “My Kingdom (Re-Imagined)”
  • Jean-Michel Jarre “Equinoxe Infinity”
  • The Radiophonic Workshop “Possum”

The winner is: The Future Sound of London

Best Reissue / Compilation

  • The Beloved “Reissue Series”
  • The Human League “Secrets”
  • Jean-Michel Jarre “Planet Jarre”
  • Soft Cell “Keychains & Snowstorms – The Singles”
  • Yazoo “Four Pieces”

The winner is: The Human League

Best Artist

  • The Future Sound of London
  • Jean-Michel Jarre
  • Ladytron
  • The Presets
  • The Radiophonic Workshop

The winner is: The Radiophonic Workshop

Best Live Act

  • Erasure
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  • Sparks

The winner is: Sparks

Outstanding Contribution

  • David Bowie
  • Everything But The Girl
  • The Future Sound of London
  • Hot Chip
  • Leftfield

The winner is: David Bowie

Stowaway Awards 2019 – Nominations

Who will win in the all-important Stowaway Awards this year? Here are the nominations:

Best Album

  • Dubstar “One”
  • Front Line Assembly “WarMech”
  • The Future Sound of London “My Kingdom (Re-Imagined)”
  • Jean-Michel Jarre “Equinoxe Infinity”
  • The Radiophonic Workshop “Possum”

Best Reissue / Compilation

  • The Beloved “Reissue Series”
  • The Human League “Secrets”
  • Jean-Michel Jarre “Planet Jarre”
  • Soft Cell “Keychains & Snowstorms – The Singles”
  • Yazoo “Four Pieces”

Best Artist

  • The Future Sound of London
  • Jean-Michel Jarre
  • Ladytron
  • The Presets
  • The Radiophonic Workshop

Best Live Act

  • Erasure
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  • Sparks

Outstanding Contribution

  • David Bowie
  • Everything But The Girl
  • The Future Sound of London
  • Hot Chip
  • Leftfield

Random jukebox – Leftfield Halliday

The one and only rule of the random jukebox is that we can’t have the same artist more than once every two years, and since it’s now two years since we last had Leftfield, we’re now allowed another selection from them. I couldn’t find the video for this online, but let’s enjoy this great (if woefully short) performance from Top of the Pops:

Greatest Hits – Vol. 11

Time for another selection of reviews that you might have missed in the last year or two.

You can also see Vol. 10 here.

Stowaway Awards 2018

After all the excitement of previous years, I’ve decided to tone down the Stowaway Awards a little this year, with just six categories. Here they are, with the full lists of nominees!

Best Track

Nominees:

  • Depeche Mode – Where’s the Revolution
  • Erasure – Be Careful What You Wish for!
  • Gary Numan – My Name is Ruin
  • Goldfrapp – Become the One
  • Kraftwerk – Radioaktivität
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – As We Open, So We Close
  • Pet Shop Boys – Reunion
  • Saint Etienne – Whyteleaf
  • Sparks – Scandinavian Design
  • Yazoo – Only You

We announced the winner already – it’s Depeche Mode.

Best Album

Nominees:

  • Depeche Mode – Spirit
  • Erasure – World Be Gone
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – The Punishment of Luxury
  • Saint Etienne – Home Counties
  • Sparks – Hippopotamus

The winner is Depeche Mode.

Best Reissue / Compilation

Nominees:

  • Liza Minnelli – Results
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – The Punishment of Luxury: B Sides & Bonus Material
  • Pet Shop Boys – Nightlife
  • Pet Shop Boys – Release
  • Pet Shop Boys – Yes

The winner is Pet Shop Boys, for Release.

Best Artist

Nominees:

  • Depeche Mode
  • Erasure
  • Goldfrapp
  • Saint Etienne
  • Sparks

This year’s winner is Sparks.

Best Live Act

Nominees:

  • Jean-Michel Jarre
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain
  • múm

The winner is Jean-Michel Jarre.

Outstanding Contribution

Nominees:

  • David Bowie
  • Vince Clarke
  • The Future Sound of London
  • Leftfield
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

The winner: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.

Stowaway Awards 2018 – Nominations

Apart from the Best Track category, which will be awarded based on the “top tracks of 2017” that we listed here on the run-up to Christmas, there are just five other categories in this year’s all-important Stowaway Awards. Here are the nominees:

Best Album

  • Depeche Mode – Spirit
  • Erasure – World Be Gone
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – The Punishment of Luxury
  • Saint Etienne – Home Counties
  • Sparks – Hippopotamus

Best Reissue / Compilation

  • Liza Minnelli – Results
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – The Punishment of Luxury: B Sides & Bonus Material
  • Pet Shop Boys – Nightlife
  • Pet Shop Boys – Release
  • Pet Shop Boys – Yes

Best Artist

  • Depeche Mode
  • Erasure
  • Goldfrapp
  • Saint Etienne
  • Sparks

Best Live Act

  • Jean-Michel Jarre
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain
  • múm

Outstanding Contribution

  • David Bowie
  • Vince Clarke
  • The Future Sound of London
  • Leftfield
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark