Mar 10

Pop World Cup 2010: Group C – Slovenia 1 USA 1

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There’s no way around it: this is one of the classic David vs Gol-iath clashes which make these opening rounds such fun. Surely with the resources and tradition of the United States of America ranged against them, there is no hope for even the pluckiest Slovenian side? But this is world pop football, no easy games, anything can happen on the day with a sprinkling of cup stardust. Let’s wait and see.

Voting for this match ends at midnight on 21 March

SLOVENIA: Qualia 6 – “RATTLEFUNKThe Manager Says: “Yawning and stretching after a sleepless weekend of excess, the Slovenes awaken their raw techno talent! Qualia 6 describe their feelings as  “sometimes merry, sometimes dark” and quote their influences as “WHATEVER COMES FROM THE UNIFIELD“. What to say when it’s much better to funk along the way? Who cares if the daily job starts in just four hours?”

USA:  Kid Sister – “Right Hand Hi” The Manager Says: “We were chuffed to bits with our first game performance over England, but have taken on board the criticisms that the overly tricksy football married with the less than stellar striker may not be playing to the USA’s strengths. So off the bench, with her new pro nails screwed in, is the youthful, effervescent Kid Sister, rapping, singing, ducking but not diving – hoping to play a clean game against what she is assuming to be the route one bosh of Slovenia. And yes that is the sound of the crowd with their air horn getting into it at 2:08.”

Commentary Box Analysis: “I don’t know about the training regime over in Slovenia but to everyone’s surprise they have included an absolute GIANT in their squad for this game. Over 8minutes tall and 18MB long, it may be that the dark whispers of behind-the-scenes doping have some foundation in truth. The team doesn’t choose to fizz it up long to the big lad, though, sticking with some pretty rigid patterns. The USA, on the other hand, are clearly trying to provoke the “you’ll win nothing with kidsister” quip, but with their lively approach they may just be able to outpace Slovenia here.”

Group C Match 3: Which track do you prefer?

  • Qualia 6 - Rattlefunk (Slovenia) 56%
  • Kid Sister - Right Hand Hi (USA) 44%

Total Voters: 50

Poll closes: 21 Mar 2010 @ 23:58

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Result! Group A: South Africa 3 Uruguay 1 : this Uruguay performance would have won against many of the sides we have seen so far, but they came up against a classy and powerful SA team. “Bravo! This is terrific stuff from both teams.” “South Africa have just produced the track of the tournament for me.” “I quite like the Uruguayan track, but the South African one is an absolute stormer” “The South Africans roll along with play as round as the ball they strike. Hard to argue with, but I will, since the gentle variety of Uruguay has me hooked. South America for me.” “SA have it. They have more teeth.

Coming up: Group C really begins to take shape as Algeria, one of the surprise packages of the first round, take on the pop might of England. We’ll know a lot more about how this group will pan out after these two games.


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    Kat but logged out innit on 15 Mar 2010 #

    Ha! The Americans resort to tactics that everyone has seen before! Despite my admitted fondness for their striker (who scored an excellent album last season) I think the crowd may want to see some completely new legs on the pitch.

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    Kat but logged out innit on 15 Mar 2010 #

    By the way, the Slovenian management would like to disassociate themselves from the horror taking place in our Eurovision Champions’ League match here. This is what happens at home when your best players are busy scoring goals abroad.

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    Matt DC on 15 Mar 2010 #

    This USA track is the first song to be played that I’m already familiar with. Not heard the Slovenian track yet but it will need to be very good indeed to beat Kid Sister. That said, a big slab of techno with a title like RATTLEFUNK might do it.

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    Tom on 15 Mar 2010 #

    Yes, the French manager was among many accused of “tapping up” Kid Sister last year – all the praise may have gone to the young striker’s head, certainly I’ve never seen the wonderkid others have.

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    jeff w on 15 Mar 2010 #

    Kat has me sussed @ #1. I can get behind the “new and upcoming talent” selection strategy, but the US manager needs to dig deeper. Also when is s’Gucci coming off the bench? Or was that just a tease?

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    Tom on 15 Mar 2010 #

    On listening I’m voting Slovenia – the KS is pretty good but I know it, the Slovenia is pretty good and I don’t, so it takes this for me – as is often the way with this formation it relies a bit too much on counter-attacking in the second half so going behind early on can really mess your tactics up. Those unfamiliar with Kid Sister might feel that’s exactly what happens, so I’m still tipping USA to win here, or at least pick up a useful point.

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    Pete on 15 Mar 2010 #

    Its difficult to find new US stuff that hasn’t been heard before without ending up with a pre-release that gets knuckles rapped. I am assuming my track is still newer than the Slovenian one. But the call was for something a bit poppier, and this was the one I think which worked for me. But don’t ever let it be said that I underestimated Slovenia. Though it does seem like they are saving themselves for extra time, which you just don’t get in the group stages.

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    Matt DC on 15 Mar 2010 #

    Surely the US releases more records than any other country in the world? I’m not sure this argument really stands up.

    I’d been wondering whether to invoke the overfamiliarity rule in this tie, but happily the Slovenian track is terrific and would win for me on its own merits. Patience is certainly a virtue here.

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    a tanned rested and unlogged lørd sükråt wötsît on 15 Mar 2010 #

    It was always said that Bollywood recorded more songs PA than anywhere else — though this may not be the same as releasing them in record.

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    Birdseed on 15 Mar 2010 #

    The first track is unqualifiedly good and I’d be on the dance floor the whole eight minutes, the second has potential but leans precipitously into that unfortunate hipster area that mistakes randomness for energy and hooks.

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    Birdseed on 15 Mar 2010 #

    Actually, if you could get the woman in track 2 to rap over the funky beat of track 1, that would rock.

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    koganbot on 16 Mar 2010 #

    I like the Americans’ play in the middle, but I’m another one who’s not feeling a great “Hello!” from the front line, and the Slovenes are both relentless and subtly varied; with plenty of bounces going their way, they finally wear down a strong American defense. I’m picking Slovenia here.

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    Martin Skidmore on 17 Mar 2010 #

    Two excellent performances. I gave a marginal win to the US, on the basis that if they win this they are certain to go through and can play their reserves for the final game against Algeria.

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    Tom on 17 Mar 2010 #

    Not true! If the US beats Slovenia, England beats Algeria, and then Algeria and England win their final games we’ll have 3 teams on 6 points and the US might be out. There are no (well, very few) dead rubbers in the Pop World Cup!

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    Steve Mannion on 17 Mar 2010 #

    Regardless of familiarity the US are playing the game I love to hear in fine style. I’m hardly adverse to an instrumental formation and punchy and pulsating tho Slovenia are down the flanks I don’t think anyone can really match the Americans on this infectious form.

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    weej on 18 Mar 2010 #

    Great play from the USA, but Slovenia have it in the bag here. What an improvement from their first game!

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    lex on 18 Mar 2010 #

    Think it’s pretty unfair that USA are getting accused of “overfamiliarity”; even if you personally know the song already, it’s not as though it had a particularly high profile anywhere. It’s hardly Beyoncéan in its obviousness, it’s not even Ciaran. Indeed you could argue that as a criminally overlooked pop gem it’s exactly the sort of thing that should be played in the PWC. Also, has her album even had a UK release yet?

    Tough luck for SLO – that was terrifically banging and this was possibly the best heat yet. But “Right Hand Hi” genuinely ruled my life for a good portion of last year, which with all due respect I can’t actually imagine any other song so far played doing to quite the same extent.

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    Jonathan Bogart on 22 Mar 2010 #

    Slovenia’s well-drilled and has a rigorous, methodical style, but I can’t help but prefer the gleeful showmanship of the American striker. If this song were put forth by any other country in a language most people here didn’t speak it would dominate against any other track, and rightly so.

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    FC Ljubljana but logged out innit on 22 Mar 2010 #

    A DRAW o noes! We really needed a win here. The Slovenian management is sorely disappointed.

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    Tom on 22 Mar 2010 #

    Slovenia were in front for a good while but the Americans had too much for them and found the equaliser they were looking for.

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    Lex on 22 Mar 2010 #

    Shame for SLO – as I said in the pub last week I think they’re the most hard done by team in the competition, I remember enjoying both their submissions so far but not voting for them. Certainly they’ve put on a better show than many other teams.

    I’ve been very taken with the USA striker’s Twitter game, too. This from yesterday, proving that she has the correct attitude to athletic endeavours:

    @KIDSISTER bout ta juke it out on this young treadmill right quick. yes i even pop that booty in the workout room.
    about 18 hours ago via web

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    Pete on 22 Mar 2010 #

    I am pleased with a draw, and happy it still leaves Slovenia in with a chance here, I agree with the Lex, Slovenia have played very well but this isn’t called the group of death for a laugh!

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