We’ve reached Group D of our World Cup of Music and due to the unyielding and might I suggest authoritarian controls of the earthings! editorial team who insist we make submissions months, sometimes years in advance, I clearly have no idea what actually might be happening in the early games of the actual World Cup itself. But as I look out through my ice frozen window on to a snowy landscape in the midst of a harsh English winter, I’m reminded of Iceland and tentatively suggest that they will hold Argentina to a brave 1-1 draw in their opening game, and who knows Messi might be frozen with fear and miss a penalty too… [AW]
For me Group C is one of the more open and interesting groups of the World Cup opening stages – four countries with different styles and footballing cultures, and and I’m not convinced that France will have it all their own way. Our World Cup of Music is even more open, with four countries with a rich musical history. [AW]
Group B is to me a pretty fascinating group, both from a footballing and a musical perspective. On the pitch we’ll hopefully get to watch an excellent Spanish side thrash Portugal, and then all enjoy Ronaldo looking thoroughly miserable about it. Musically it allows me to introduce you to Iran, maybe not a nation known for alternative music, but with some interesting musicians both living in Iran and also elsewhere in the world. [AY]
At last, the FIFA World Cup is here, and the question you’ve all been asking us is: “so what if there was a World Cup of Music, played in an identical format to the World Cup itself, with each country represented by a musician or band, with group winners, knockout stages, England being defeated by penalties by Germany, the occasional VAR controversy (and yes I do mean the Icelandic band of the same name…), each stage of the competition represented by a different genre of music, and with all results decided pretty much randomly by an earthings! contributor?”
We have an accidental tradition over here on the Local Outsider: our April installments have a special theme. (Here’s last month’s.) We also have another, less accidental, tradition: we’re late to things. So, the thing we should have done last month is now being done this month – in my defense, I genuinely thought we always did it in May, but then, the election special was weeks before election day, so… well… let’s just get on with it. This month we’re focusing on new talent that are children of other known talent. They’ve been everywhere lately – and we’ve written about some of them in a couple of columns – and while we’re usually wary of these acts because they tend to be there because they’re children of famous people, well, you can argue some of them here are exceptions. Also, pedigree, anyone?