Never mind all this ‘will England win the World Cup?’ nonsense (they won’t), the burning question in Wizard Towers has been who will win the Musical World Cup?



In order to find out, the wizards were were tasked with finding a song to represent each of the 32 countries. A fellow wizard would then listen to the 4 songs in each group and decide which 2 songs would qualify for the second round.

Jointly, we would then decide who would win in the knock-out stages and ultimately who would win the Musical World Cup. You can hear our discussions [here] as well as the songs that made it from the group stages and the crowned winner.

We chose Death Or Glory by The Clash to represent our home nation of England and you can read all about why just here.

death or glory


The songs chosen to represent each nation in full were as follows:

Group A (chosen by Kicker)

  • Brazil: Gilberto Gil – Bat Macumba
  • Croatia: Denis Katanec Okanagon Ltd – Florian
  • Mexico: Manu Chao – Welcome To Tijuana
  • Cameroon: Pepe Kalle – Roger Milla

Group B (chosen by Rebel)

  • Australia: The Saints – Simple Love
  • Spain: The Stranglers – Spain
  • Holland: Bettie Serveert – Shake Her
  • Chile: Christy Moore – Victor Jara

Group C (chosen by Chorizo)

  • Ivory Coast: Ernesto Djedje – Zadie Bobo
  • Greece: Vangelis – Blade Runner
  • Japan: Shonen Knife – Rubber Band
  • Colombia: Grupo Folclorico – Juipiti

Group D (chosen by Chorizo)

  • Uruguay: La Logia Sarabanda – Todos O Ninguno
  • Costa Rica: Polar – Jueves [free Bandcamp download]
  • Italy: Metallica – The Ecstasy Of Gold
  • England: The Clash – Death Or Glory

Group E (chosen by Chorizo)

Group F (chosen by Kicker)

  • Argentina: Mano Negra – Santa Maradona
  • Iran: Googoosh – Talagh
  • Bosnia: Dubioza Kolektiv – USA
  • Nigeria: Tony Allen – Secret Agent

Group G (chosen by Kicker)

  • Germany: Blumfeld – Draussen Auf Kaution
  • Portugal: Schizo Fun Addict – Dream Of The Portugal Keeper
  • Ghana: Black Star Liner – Yeboah’s Jawz
  • USA: Guided By Voices – Now To War

Group H (chosen by Rebel)

  • Belgium: Plastic Bertrand – Ca Plane Pour Moi
  • South Korea: The Autocratics – Bootboi’s Ska
  • Algeria: Rachid Taha – Barra Barra
  • Russia: Leningrad – Dorogi

You can hear most of the tracks here:


See if you think the right teams made it through and whether or not you agree with our winner.

But never mind what we think, which song / country do you think should win? Let us know by voting in our World Cup poll:


About kickerofelves1

Wizard-in-Chief for Trust The Wizards music podcast and blog. Guided By Voices fanatic.

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