Feb 10

Pop World Cup 2010: Group D – Australia 1 Germany 1

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Group D’s second match sees Andrew Hickey’s Germany side take on Chris Burlingame’s Australia. Germany have a chequered recent record at this level but they’ll be expecting to get out of the group stage. The Poperoos will be looking to improve on their group stage exit in 2006.

Anyone can vote – a team needs 58% or more to win – and the match will end at midnight on the 25th.

AUSTRALIA: Sneaky Sound System – “Pictures” The manager says: “This is a deliriously addictive dance song with a big hook, catchy chorus, feel-good lyrics and an easy-to-dance-to beat – really, it’s everything great disco should strive for and it should get people dancing all over the world. A fixture in Sydney’s tabloids before they ever released an album and known for their party antics, Sneaky Sound System has always been committed to a good time, but the talent exhibited in their music (especially here in “Pictures”) reveal an act that is naturally gifted and their boatload of ARIA awards and nominations confirm that these overacheivers might throw the biggest party in Australia, but everyone else is invited too.”

GERMANY: Heinz – “Questions I Can’t Answer” The manager says: “While Germany has a solid record when it comes to *rock* and electronic music, its *pop* credentials are far less obvious, stretching little further than Nena and Kraftwerk. However, Heinz Henry Georg Schwartze, or Heinz as he was known, was an exception, his short run of great singles produced by Joe Meek *just* qualifying. Questions I Can’t Answer, taking a standard I-IV-V formation and doing something a little different with it, is his finest moment…”

Group D Match 2: Which track did you prefer?

  • Germany: Heinz 52%
  • Australia: Sneaky Sound System 48%

Total Voters: 82

Poll closes: 25 Feb 2010 @ 23:59

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Commentary Box Analysis: “The Australians have put out a direct, physical side – and indeed so have the Germans. Not the first time we’ve seen tactics harking back to the 60s at this tournament – it worked for Uruguay, will Germany enjoy the same luck?”

Results: Argentina 2 Nigeria 2 Honours even in a compelling, dramatic game which neither side deserved to lose. “Very light on their feet these Argies and playing a minimal precise game. Not an approach from them I’ve seen before so intrigued with how they will develop. Nigeria have perhaps been more predictable but if it ain’t broke why fix it” “The Argentines lull you and suddenly catch you off balance. The Nigerians in contrast run back and forth in front of what the naive might call “the Cyndi Lauper” gambit.” “The Nigerian entry is pretty much all chorus.”

Coming Up! Next week we have Group E – Holland v Denmark on Monday and then Cameroon take on Japan on Tuesday.


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    admin on 19 Feb 2010 #

    tom, add [tmi] at the end of the line with the [audio ...] embed in it, so that the ‘stats and download’ stuff appears at that point rather than at the end of the post.

    (i’ve edited this post obv so you can see what i’ve done if you click edit)

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    lonepilgrim on 19 Feb 2010 #

    Australia start brightly but seem to lose their way a bit midfield. Their back four seem a bit fragile too suggesting they might break down under pressure. Germany on the other hand put in a solid team performance with a dynamic front man calling the shots and some incisive play from Herren Guitar und Sax.

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    Martin Skidmore on 19 Feb 2010 #

    Germany have a very old fashioned back line here – mimicking the classic ‘Louie Louie’ style. I’m afraid their ’60s throwbacks may defend doggedly, but the slightly more modern glittery flashiness of the Australians wins out for me, though they probably need to beef up for other ties ahead.

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    jeff w on 19 Feb 2010 #

    Two songs I already know!

    “Pictures” has an Orgafun pedigree IIRC. Ah yes, here we go:

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    […] And I have an entry in the Pop World Cup. Vote Heinz! […]

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    Tom on 19 Feb 2010 #

    #4 I’d forgotten that! Since Chris wasn’t involved in that at all it certainly shouldn’t be held against him.

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    ChrisB on 19 Feb 2010 #

    I had no idea! I didn’t expect SSS to be completely unknown, but I couldn’t find anything that would indicate having them suit up would be less than fair play.

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    Tom on 19 Feb 2010 #

    No no it’s fine! I organised the League of Pop and I couldn’t even remember it being there, though I guess this explains why I knew the track! Accidental crossovers are fine – if anyone puts forward a track that’s already been at the PWC06 or Europop08 I’ll disallow it, but I’d let them know as early as I could so they could pick another.

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    mm on 19 Feb 2010 #

    Not the most engaging match for me. Think I might go for a prolonged toilet break and just look at the hallways of the stadium.

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    swanstep on 19 Feb 2010 #

    Well done ChrisB. That’s more like it. SSS are so farkin’ Sydney it’s almost painful, but this match is still over (3-0) by half-time.

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    Elephant Rob on 20 Feb 2010 #

    Hmm. Either the refs have been bought off (they are called Sneaky after all) or I had too much to drink at half-time: somehow I voted for Australia before I even heard the tracks. Ah well, it’s probably my fault, even though I thought Germany played a very unexpected game.

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    Matt DC on 20 Feb 2010 #

    This is an easy win for the Germans as far as I’m concerned. The Australia track is a bit ‘peppy excercise video soundtrack’ for my liking and in my opinion the Aussies should spend less time warming up and more time playing.

    This isn’t the game I expected Germany to play but very enjoyable nonetheless.

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    Garry on 20 Feb 2010 #

    As an Australian, I’m a bit worried about the Poperoos chances overall, and think emulating the German’s tactics of fielding veterans should have been considered. That said, in this case, I feel the German’s rough and ready gameplay here may be undone by the Australian slickness.

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    Garry on 20 Feb 2010 #

    Oh, and I should add ARIA nominations are not necessarily the best judge of quality. That said, TISM and Ed Kuepper both have well-deserved and unexpected gongs.

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    Jonathan Bogart logged out on 20 Feb 2010 #

    The crowd reaction on this one is instructive! (Though of course the punters who roar the loudest aren’t always the ones who decide the match.)

    Generally you want to watch a match like this several times over to get a feel for the strengths and weaknesses of the opposing sides, but here a single viewing was enough for me to make up my mind.

    Germany’s pulling out one of the creakiest formations in the playbook, one with which both America and England have had success, though not in many decades. And although they put a typically Teutonic spin on it — the well-drilled repetition of the defensive side puts me in mind of more recent German teams, especially the great Czukay and Florian squads of the 70s — it is ultimately too limited and ineffectual a game against an Australian side that bulldozes them in both energy and imagination.

    Which isn’t to say the Australian team doesn’t have its weaknesses; they’re too pleased with themselves by half, relying heavily on a star striker with more flair than stamina, and against a team less stolidly traditional than the Germans’ I could see them falling apart by the half. But this game is what’s being played, and Australia dominates the pitch in one of the biggest blowouts yet in the series.

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    koganbot on 21 Feb 2010 #

    The Aussies strangely have a captain who sounds as if she’s spent her formative years gamboling in the pale quirk fields of southern Sweden. One fears that a reasonably solid opposition would run right through her; fortunately for Australia, this is the year in Germany where the bulky have given way to the quaint. So, while quirk girl helms an enthusiastic bunch who can run circles around the German geriatrics, the latter have little more than faith in their style, which they lack the technical ability to execute.

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    Pete on 21 Feb 2010 #

    I took against Heinz in Telstar, the Joe Meek story, so take against him here too. And while, yes, he was born in Germany nearly everything else in the Germany entry is actually a Holloway Road entry instead.

    The Aussie track is perfectly acceptable against the the Germans and an easy win for me.

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    jeff w on 22 Feb 2010 #

    First of all, it’s so nice to see this game played out on the first truly quality pitch of the tournament (i.e. on my hi fi as opposed to my phone).

    When the Aussie team was playing in the Pop Premiership, I picked them out as one of my favourites of that particular week and going back to the song three years later it still sounds fresh. On the other hand, it will take a good team to beat any graduate of the Joe Meek league. My thanks to Germany’s manager for making me listen to this outside of its usual context (viz The Alchemist of Pop – Home Made Hits and Rarities 1959-1966).

    Conclusion? Erm, I’m still on the fence.

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    Steve Mannion on 22 Feb 2010 #

    I think the Aussies take this but it’s a narrow win in a game with only a few chances. I’m expecting big things from both sides in the remaining games and perhaps they’re saving better for later.

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    lex on 22 Feb 2010 #

    Oh Jesus Christ no, no, no.

    I’ve come across Sneaky Sound System before. Blog-house as reimagined by the clientele of a Walkabout pub in Shepherds Bush. Nein danke.

    But the GER track is just HORRIBLE. The voice, what the actual fuck. He sounds like an actual tramp and his song stinks accordingly.

    AUS would win by default but I can’t bring myself to endorse Sneaky Sound System even by accident, so I’ll sit this one out.

    Like the ENG/USA match, these are two teams I’d have thought had a ton of potential, so again it’s sad to see it going to waste.

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    Matt DC on 22 Feb 2010 #

    The big teams do appear to be putting in fairly subdued early performances but here’s hoping they’ll pick up as the tournament progresses.

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    Birdseed on 24 Feb 2010 #

    Germany has always been accused of playing a boring game, but beneath often lurks both quality and quirkiness, as here. Whereas australia picks up what must be the most hateful formation of the past decades – late-90s french house – with its irritating and useless faux-funk sweeper crippling any buildup. Easy win for Germany!

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    CarsmileSteve on 24 Feb 2010 #

    who would have thought we see a day where the germans relied so heavily on english skill and creativity?! as pete rightly points out, all holloway road all the time this one.

    shame the sax break fades out, but i think the germans have it…

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    Tom on 25 Feb 2010 #

    Last few hours of voting on this one – good turnout already here though.

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    weej on 26 Feb 2010 #

    A poor performance from the Australians here, and the Germans seem content to settle for a no-score draw until they get a couple of surprise goals in the second half.

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    Garry on 26 Feb 2010 #

    A bore draw. Both teams will need extra verve to progress.

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    Matt DC on 26 Feb 2010 #

    Tightest game yet!

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