Singing of the World Cup, Off-Key and Off-Kilter The World Cup finals feature soccer that is elegant, powerful and artistic. But the quadrennial tourney holds no guarantees for providing music that matches the magic conducted on the pitch. In fact, some of it could only be filed under "A" for awful.
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Singing of the World Cup, Off-Key and Off-Kilter

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Singing of the World Cup, Off-Key and Off-Kilter

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MICHELE NORRIS, host:

Here's a song celebrating one of the Cup's underdogs. It was an exciting week for Trinidad and Tobago. That's the country with the smallest population ever to play in the World Cup. The Soccer Warriors tied Sweden and then nearly tied England. Just being in Germany is huge for this team.

(Soundbite of music)

NORRIS: If the best soccer's on show during the World Cup, it's a time for some of the worst or silliest music.

(Soundbite of music)

NORRIS: This zinger comes from the English county of Cumbria, where sheep are plentiful. The song accompanies a video of sheep playing soccer. And we'd let you hear more, but we'd rather you keep the radio on.

(Soundbite of music)

NORRIS: In England, there are hundreds of songs competing to be the most played during this month of soccer. Many of them take shots at the Germans.

(Soundbite of music)

NORRIS: Comedian Stan Boardman sings The Germans Bombed Our Chippy, a reference to World War II and a fish and chips shop. We'd give equal time to German music, if we had more in collection than an opera version of We Are the Champions. That was performed at the opening ceremonies in Berlin.

Songs by Queen seem to be especially popular.

A Ukrainian group called TMNK wanted to write a team anthem, so what better song to cover than We Will Rock You.

(Soundbite of Ukranian hip-hip cover of We Will Rock You)

NORRIS: Unfortunately, Viva Ukraina was not enough to keep Ukraine ahead of Spain this week. They lost 4-0.

(Soundbite of music)

NORRIS: Iran also suffered a loss, 3-1, to Mexico. Perhaps this aerobic song will pump up Iran for its second game tomorrow.

(Soundbite of music)

NORRIS: The anthem Iran Iran by the duo Arash and DJ Alligator backs a video of the Iranian team working out on a beach at sunrise and then playing a sandy match in front of leaping fans.

(Soundbite of music)

NORRIS: A song from Ivory Coast highlights that country's hopes that the World Cup will bring about national unity. In 2002, the country slipped into civil war. Fighting has stopped but the country remains divided.

Allez Les Elephants, Go Forward Elephants - that's the team appearing for the first time ever in a World Cup. The song talks about national reconciliation, one of many tunes inspired by the 2006 World Cup of Soccer.

(Soundbite of music)

NORRIS: World Cup fever continues online with songs, a video of those soccer-playing sheep and a schedule. That's at NPR.org.

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