May 10

Pop World Cup 2010: Round of 16 Match 6 – Cameroon 3 New Zealand 1

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This is the sixth of the eight matches in the Round of Sixteen – already! Neither Weston Debevec’s Cameroon nor Steve M’s New Zealand would necessarily be high on most lists of favourites for the tournament, but it’s not hard to find those who’ll rep for either nation as really major pop players. A fascinating game in prospect.

This match closes at midnight on Monday 10th May

CAMEROON: Bébé Manga – “Amie O” The Manager Says: “In March, I listened to Erik Satie’s ‘Vexations’ for eighteen hours and forty minutes. I sat entirely still, in the darkness, for the duration (I had put the Reinbert de Leeuw version on a loop). I saw nothing meditative or transcendent about the experience. In fact, the experience brings into serious question the very notion of a meditative state. Throughout, I struggled, as any of my true brothers and sisters would, in fighting off a kind of trance state that emerges when the boredom of passivity and repetition gives way to acceptance and indifference. The mistake that Satie made, a mistake then repeated by the 60s dilettantes, who took the idea to its logical endpoint, was to assume that the transcendence of boredom is a positive thing. I am edified by my boredom. I want to destroy the circumstances that lead to my boredom. Satie wants to revel in tedium, to erase through sheer force the desire to change the state of the world. Anyone who sits down to meditate is gifting time to those in power, time that could be spent fighting against them. Retreat into boredom is the death of the revolutionary spirit, it is a genuflection to power.”

NEW ZEALAND: P-Money (ft. David Dallas & Aaradhna) – “Say Yeah” The Manager Says: “Moonshine-based headaches following the group win are one thing but team selection for this match was a much more painful process. ‘Say Yeah’ is one of the most recent things you’re likely to hear in the PWC with P-Money’s album released on the day of this press conference. Essentially we’ve combined the winning tactics from our first two games with a rap/rnb duo with a housey sweeper system and I’m hoping Aaradhna’s catchy chorus will find fan favour. The sound of NZ is the sound of the world and imitation remains our finest flattery. Excited to hear what Cameroon have got in store (both on the pitch and in the press room) and I’ve been playing ‘Soul Makossa’ to the lads over and over again in admittedly nervous anticipation. ”

Round of 16 Match 6: which track do you prefer?

  • CAMEROON: Bebe Manga 68%
  • NEW ZEALAND: P-Money 32%

Total Voters: 44

Poll closes: 10 May 2010 @ 23:59

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Commentary Box Analysis Cameroon hit a groove, they hit it hard, and they stick with it. It’s an enjoyable seven minutes and it might be powerful enough to carry them through. Equally, it may be that NZ, playing in Steve M’s trademark style, have enough pep and zip to take apart Cameroon’s by-the-book play, and to get around the back of the Cameroon defence. What we know is that we don’t know. But we’re looking forward to finding out.

Result! Round of Sixteen Match 2: South Africa 1 – Korea Republic 3It was an amazing game, played with pace and grace, but the precision and shine of the Korean team was ultimately too much for the power of the South Africans. “Korea start brightly but lack invention in front of the net. SA have pace and a rhythmic flow to their movement on the ball.” “I liked the SA number, but it stayed a bit medium-paced for me, whereas the Korean track is a total delight, and that just edges it for me.” “Korea, just. Like a hi-energy Lazytown tune you make up in a dream. DJ Cleo does a nice job channeling Kraftwerk though.” “…as it is, Korea is just too amazing, disco to the Jackson ’80s to a hook that sounds simple as breathing but is unstoppable, a score with every chorus. Crackerjack battle of the Souths, but this one is Korea’s.”

Coming up Honduras! Portugal! You know that this match, probably the less-discussed of our transatlantic tussles, will throw up some strong play, and it may turn out to be a classic. Stick with us, we’re close to finding our quarter finalists.


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    swanstep on 4 May 2010 #

    Each team seems content to play in its own half. Aaradhna could sing the telephone book and make it sound sweet, but she can’t create hooks out of nothing, which is what P money’s song gives her to work with. Cameroon’s basic shape is stronger, but they sorely test patience over the long haul (is that what their manager’s schpiel was on about?). Jesus, my kingdom for a middle eight to take the ball straight up the middle somewhere… Cameroon squeaks one in off the woodwork at the fade-out for the win.

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    Matt DC on 4 May 2010 #

    A download link for the NZ track would be nice.

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    Steve Mannion on 4 May 2010 #

    not sure why the stats/download link isn’t there bah. here’s Say Yeah on YouTube tho: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JYqtuHcc_M

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    admin on 4 May 2010 #

    sorry about that – not sure what’s going on there. will investigate asap

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    admin on 4 May 2010 #

    that track seems to have been uploaded in an unusual way, so we’ve not registered any stats for it either. (That i can find). I’ll re-upload it now…

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    lonepilgrim on 4 May 2010 #

    Cameroon play their natural game with precision and joy although their reliance on set plays suggest they will be vulnerable to a more versatile opponent in future matches. Fortunately for the Africans their NZ opponents seem to be playing to a formula which they don’t fully understand and there is a lacklustre quality to their defence despite the bright touches of Aaradhna upfront. A win for CAM – hopefully not a foretaste of Thursday’s contest

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    lockedintheattic on 4 May 2010 #

    I’d be tempted to keep voting Cameroon for the rest of the tournament based on the manager’s team talks – but luckily I have no need to do that here. The track is beautiful, and doesn’t outstay its welcome by a second. It may not go any place in particular, but when you’ve settled into a groove as lovely as this you can carry on for ages as far as I’m, concerned.

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    Matt DC on 4 May 2010 #


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    Matt DC on 4 May 2010 #

    Cameroon play with real class here – perfect touch, inch-perfect passing, a terrific performance upfront. I think I could listen to that guitar line all day. Some people may view their languid attitude as a failure up against New Zealand’s industry and non-stop running, but the Kiwis feel a bit clumsy and in comparison. NZ aren’t bad at all but this is one of the performances of the tournament from Cameroon.

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    fernando on 4 May 2010 #

    the P-money track sounds like NZ answer to Shanks and Bigfoot (not that there’s anything wrong with that!); a formation like that could have won 2002 PWC without breaking a sweat

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    Tom on 4 May 2010 #

    Yes, lovely stuff from Cameroon here, they’ve been getting better and better with each performance.

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    Steve Mannion on 4 May 2010 #

    Gaah, gonna get thrashed at this rate. When I do I’ll post the two other tracks I considered playing for the inevitable “oh, yeah that’s better, shoulda played that” verdicts…not sure they would’ve had a better chance against this kind of opponent really tho.

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    Erithian on 5 May 2010 #

    Sorry Steve, but the rapper in midfield wastes possession with his lousy distribution and the striker doesn’t get the service she deserves (would like to hear her with better material though). Loving the Cameroon guitar sound and the buildup, and what’s more you suspect that brass section contains someone who tackles like Benjamin Massing (the bloke who nearly chopped Claudio Caniggia in two at Italia 90). Terrific stuff.

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    thefatgit on 5 May 2010 #

    The Cameroons get my vote also. Unfortunately P Money’s “Petrol in the tank” line on a given day could be endearing, but just feels less than genuine here. Sorry Steve.

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    koganbot on 6 May 2010 #

    The Cameroonians sound as Cuban in this match as the Paraguayans did in the last, though in a different way, and this may just be the ignorance of my ears; maybe it’s Cuba’s tendency to sound West African that I’m hearing. In any event, beautiful, flexible, I’m just the sort of spectator who could relax into this forever. Would be a hard test for any opponent, and in this instance the New Zealanders’ r&b doesn’t sound as good as a lot of other people’s r&b. This hadn’t bothered me in previous contests, but against the assured Cameroonians it leaves them vulnerable. Tick for Cameroon here.

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    Alberto on 7 May 2010 #

    Cameroon start well, really pleasing the crowd with their long bouts of possession. It almost seems to drag on for too long, but it should probably be enough to defeat NZ and advance on to the next round.

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    Tim on 11 May 2010 #

    It’s a win for Cameroon! Well done to Weston! And commiserations to Steve M, who has done well mining a little-known strain of kiwifunk.

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    Steve Mannion on 11 May 2010 #

    With CMR a few goals up so quickly we couldn’t respond and it really seemed to silence both the players and fans (and er, me). Not gonna criticise ‘Say Yeah’ in public but admittedly we played better in the group. On the plus side, no more (selection) headaches :/ Here are the other tracks I had lined up for the knockout stages tho.

    None of David Dallas own stuff did for me but I did feel that the romantic soul of Aaradhna’s ‘Secret Lover’ may have had a chance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqhPxjkcqQg

    After Scribe, NZ-born Samoan-descended rapper Savage represented NZ’s hip-hop hopes best. ‘Wild Out (Choo Hooo)’ would’ve been my 2nd round choice but I suspect people would’ve dismissed it against the American equivalent it unapologetically aims to match (and succeeds at generally) or for being ‘too crunk too late’ perhaps. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daLpNk6QOHw

    Ruby Suns were a late addition to the squad and their latest album was released only a few weeks ago. They stand out from the rest of the team at least, closer to the Americans in their first group game. ‘Olympics On Pot’ is a highlight but Yeasayer-ish issues with the vocals aside the production is generally great throughout. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lx9jKUzvto

    And of course the squad would not be complete without NZ’s Winehouse Idol winner Gin Wigmore (here with ‘Hey Ho’): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mGVr4uCMCQ

    Which just leaves my one concession to NZ pop and culture of yesterdecade. Patea Maori CLub’s ‘Poi E’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQLUygS0IAQ

    Didn’t want to take the risk with a Ladyhawke of dubious fitness and tho ‘Magic’ was released as a single last year and is my favourite thing she’s done I thought it too familiar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ccbj0A6NJI (good track, terrible video!)

    Kia-Ora, you bastards etc.

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    Steve Mannion on 18 May 2010 #

    tentative bump just to see if anyone liked any of those clips

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    koganbot on 18 May 2010 #

    Haven’t listened yet, but I thank you for taking the time to post them.

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    jeff w on 19 May 2010 #

    I have the latest Ruby Suns CD – liking it a lot.

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