Monday, March 29, 2010

Right Here, Right Now - Rugby World Cup song genius

Well, the announcement has been made and apparently already every twit... er sorry twitter, is denouncing the choice. Not to mention widespread disgust online.

Now, it is often hard to work out what this means. Kiwis love denouncing things and pulling down tall poppies so all this activity could mean New Zealanders are really happy with the choice. After all most so called 'grass rooters' seem to like being unhappy.

And it seems to me that people should be pleased. Picking the RWC song was extremely tricky. After all it had to meet two very stringent but almost mutually exclusive criteria. First, it had to be a relatively good song and very catchy. Second, it couldn't be anyone's (or at least many people's) favourite song.

Why couldn't it be a widespread favourite you might ask? Well, because it could well end up forever being associated with losing the Rugby World Cup... again! Having an all-time classic song, like AC/DC's "Back in Black" lumbered with this association would be more than I could bear on top of losing the World Cup.

And I'm not trying to be mean spirited to the All Blacks. The World Cup is very, very hard to win. Any team can have one bad game at any time; and lose one game from the quarter finals on and you're out! I know this! I was in Cardiff three years ago.

"Right here, right now" is a great song choice. It's fun. It's catchy. We won't mind hearing it for the duration of the tournament; and, if we do happen to lose, well then never hearing it again will be a shame. But, I can live with it, or rather without it.

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