Apr 10

Pop World Cup 2010: Group E – Denmark 0 Japan 3

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Onwards, ever onwards the Pop World Cup marches, with barely time to draw breath! Both Rob H’s Denmark and Dasal’s Japan need a win here, but even that won’t be enough if the other result goes against them. All they can do is play for the full 90 minutes and see what happens…

Voting on this poll closes at midnight on Sunday 18th April

DENMARK: White Pony – “Falling” The Manager Says “Japan have shown promise so far but have failed to win so will be looking to win, but could try something unexpected. We half expect them to kamikaze on this final track, but we’re taking no chances and will assassinate them with our tune and skill before they even get a touch.”

JAPAN: Polysics – “Electric Surfin’ Go-Go” The Manager Says: “Japan’s position in the group has meant that it is time for the mighty empire to unleash it’s secret weapon. time to power up the giant attack robots. Nothing can stop us. FOR THE EMPIRE!”

Group E Match 5: Which of these tracks did you prefer?

  • Japan 73%
  • Denmark: White Pony 27%

Total Voters: 55

Poll closes: 18 Apr 2010 @ 23:58

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Commentary Box Analysis Slightly hamstrung by the very late arrival of the Japanese team bus here, they’re pulling into the stadium with only minutes to spare before kick off, so we’ve not had a chance to run the rule over their team though from the way they’re twitching I suspect the physio’s got the monkey glands in. The Danish side’s bright pop-rap could give them some difficulties, but not unlike Chris Kamara last week, we’re a bit in the dark here…

Results! France 1 South Africa 1, Mexico 2 Uruguay 2! Two amazingly tight ties here, both matches ending almost exactly equal, Uruguay just couldn’t score that crucial winner that would have seen them advance, so South Africa go through as group winners with France sneaking through on goal difference. SA/FRA “Great flowing play from both sides. I really enjoyed this match!” “There’s much to enjoy from both sides.” “Both teams have copied the tactics of great Italian teams of yesteryear and have come out with something irresistable” “Of all the games so far this one has to be one of the best I’ve heard” MEX/URU “Following their manager’s communication breakdown Mexico seem dazed and confused. There’s clearly not a whole lotta love for their creaking performance” “Vastly prefer Mexico myself, what with so many quick runs and strums” “You are all wrong, this is actually the best Mexican track so far”

Coming Next The Dutch are already through, will they give Cameroon the easy ride they hope for? A victory will see them through, anything less and they’ll be sweating…


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    Pete on 12 Apr 2010 #

    Ah Electric Surfing Go Go (not sure why I have it but I have had it for years): I love this track so the Danes will have to go some way to beat the Polysics. And don’t quite muster it in my opinion. My vote goes to Japan, but it all feels a little too late.

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    Tom on 12 Apr 2010 #

    Both these teams have lost to a rampant Dutch side without playing badly, and found themselves frustrated by very tight draws against a canny Camerounian team. I feel for both managers here – they’ve not really done anything wrong and may well find themselves failing to qualify as much because of the fixture machine as because of their own tactical decisions.

    A common criticism of Euro-rap is that the skills aren’t really there, and Denmark’s frontman circumvents this by…er… just not bothering at all. With a bit more oomph in the backing his shoutiness would work pretty well, there’s a bit of a Teddybears STHLM feel to this – but it’s not really gelling for me.

    Japan… well, Polysics do this kind of hyperspeed freak-out pop very well but it’s never a style that’s much appealed to me. Mind you I do really appreciate that the Japanese gaffer has worked hard to avoid the obvious J-Pop route and show us a different side of the country’s creativity all through this tournament so he’ll get my vote.

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    lonepilgrim on 12 Apr 2010 #

    I’m not wildly excited by either side. Denmark appear to rely on set pieces but their tactics are stale and easily read. Japan bring a bit more energy and invention to the game but there’s something mechanical about their play which makes it hard for me to get wildly excited by them. They may pinch a win here though.

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    FC Ljubljana but logged out innit on 12 Apr 2010 #

    Good old Polysics. I fielded one of their players in the League Of Pop many moons ago. I liked that track better than this one, alas.

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    Birdseed on 12 Apr 2010 #

    Another group E game, another band where the band name connects to something else entirely. Okay, so Laid Back were Denmark’s only decent band ever, but isn’t it kinda defeatist to name yourself after a line in a huge hit?

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    mm on 12 Apr 2010 #

    This was my favorite Polysics track back when I spent a lot of time with them, and they beat out a rock thing which drags along quite slowly.

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    Rob Hakimian on 12 Apr 2010 #

    The tactics I’ve fielded here as the Danes were impressive in training but seem to have lost their sting on the night admittedly. (i.e. Check out the video to the White Pony song, it improves it 100x)

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    Matt DC on 12 Apr 2010 #

    Oh good grief Denmark, surely fielding a Bad White Prince Impersonator upfront is a recipe for disaster? I’ve not found much to love about this Danish squad in this tournament and this is no exception.

    Still, Japan are putting the effort in, it would be churlish to be too criticial of this kind of all out attacking play, even if there are some misplaced passes here and there and the odd own goal (that bit in the middle is supremely irritating) but it’s still enough to comfortably beat Denmark I’d imagine.

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    Alberto on 12 Apr 2010 #

    I am still impressed by the Danes. I am backing them for the win over Japan and perhaps 2nd place in the group.

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    koganbot on 13 Apr 2010 #

    Japan playing what I would call the happy hardcore attack, “hardcore” here meaning “hardcore punk” (rolling drums and such), with plenty of melody but also too many arched eyebrows and O-shaped mouths and general mugging for the camera. I’m quite taken by the Danes as they slot the ball into the pocket (not to mention the goal) with precision and good humor.

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    Lex on 14 Apr 2010 #


    Not particularly keen on JPN either, Polysics are just too busy to too little purpose for me, but at least they don’t have a comedy twat being “hilarious” over the top.

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    Erithian on 14 Apr 2010 #

    Pray for the kids, don’t prey on the kids… nice line. Denmark mix up the styles creatively and it’s like Crowded House meeting Fedde Le Grand on the bus downtown (heard an echo of Pixie Lott there too). Their versatility won through against the frantic Japanese attack which only showed some calm and structure in the closing seconds when it was too late. It’s not the Laudrups and Schmeichel era, but Denmark will do for me this time.

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    Cristina on 15 Apr 2010 #

    Denmark got my vote. Just because.

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    Jonathan Bogart on 16 Apr 2010 #

    Japan, because I have fond memories of the Polysics from the first time I ever tried to get into Japanese music and bought a comp with them on it (though Puffy AmiYumi was the real find there), and because Denmark is a Eurorap bridge too far for me.

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    >T on 16 Apr 2010 #

    The enjoyable Danish song reminds me of the Belgian rock/pop scene, which I happen to be quite fond of.
    The electric bleeping of the Japanese crew combined with a singer who just got himself kicked in the balls (by the Danish??) doesn’t work for me…

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    jeff w registered on 18 Apr 2010 #

    Tough one, but Denmark just nick this match. I was, and still am, keen to see the Japanese progress as I’m fond of their odd take on pop and want to hear more of the manager’s selections. But this is their weakest performance to date. I’ve probably dismissed the Danes too lightly so far anyway. Looking back, they’ve put in three contrasting but effective performances and I’d be happy for them to progress too.

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    jeff w on 19 Apr 2010 #

    Ah well, it was academic in the end as Cameroon’s win in the other game puts them through. An impressive win for Japan here nonetheless.

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    Steve Mannion on 19 Apr 2010 #

    JPN throw everything at the Danes but it was never fully in their hands despite a solid performance with every chance taken. CAM break their hearts with a narrow victory over the Dutch. They can only glance enviously at their Korean neighbours as they board the plane home.

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