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God, did anybody else feel seriously bored these past two days? We’ve been spoiled this summer; somehow it just didn’t feel right not having any football on, even with Wimbledon to keep my thirst for sport going (even if there are literally two people willing to talk about tennis at my workplace, and one of them is me). We’re back today, though, with a potential classic in the shape of Holland against Brazil. It’s easy to have mixed feelings on a match like this when it happens at the quarter final stage – it’s brilliant for the neutral fan and for the world cup itself that a team as unfancied as Ghana or Uruguay (or perhaps even Paraguay) will make the semi finals, but at the same time, it seems wrong that we will be kissing goodbye to one of these teams so early. Perhaps it’s for the best that Holland go out now, though – I mean, could you imagine a team lifting the World Cup when their star player looks so much like Screech from Saved by the Bell?

C'mon, are you seriously gonna tell me you can't see it?

Dutch folk music distinguishes itself from that of the countries around it almost purely by virtue of tempo – to be blunt, it’s faster – although the more simple rhythms and grounded melodic patterns are also a giveaway sign. Much of it is built around dancing, which goes a way to explaining why all of these conformities exist; unusually, it’s specifically based around group dancing rather than couples or solo dancers, which is a world away from the great traditions of major cities as nearby as Berlin, Paris, and Vienna, and is a fascinating thing to consider when coupled with the knowledge of the traditional Dutch trade links to Africa. Luckily, it’s not hard to stumble across traditional Dutch folk, as there was a major revival in the mid-’70s, led by a band called Fungus – observe in wonder how magnificently bearded they are.

That’s not the Holland you know, though; outside of “Venus” by Shocking Blue (as covered by Bananarama), the Holland you know splits off into two very different directions, both of which have a major roll-call of internationally famous acts. The first one you’re going to hear below is metal, of various distinctions – there’s the Within Temptation/After Forever/Epica axis, of course, but there’s also Pestilence, Destroyer 666, and Asphyx for those who like something heavier, and Ayreon for the arty crowd. Best of the lot, though, is The Gathering – a band who started life as a pretty great metal band and went on to become an even better trip-hop/art rock/prog one.

Yet more famous than that, though, is the Dutch dance scene. You know the entire genre of gabber? That’s Dutch. You know that one that goes ‘no no, nononono, no no nono, no no THERE’S NO LIMIT!’? That’s Dutch. You remember the Venagboys? They’re Dutch. Been paying attention to the hype for Noisia on this site? They’re Dutch. You know DJ Tiesto? Dutch too. And Armin van Buuren? Yup, Dutch (and he recently did a song with the lead singer of Within Temptation, which is just bizarre). The one I’ve plumped for, though, is a similarly famous track with just a little more nostalgia attached for me – Alice Deejay’s “Better Off Alone”. Anybody else remember when she was a really big name? Strange days indeed.





Douglas
07.02.10
lol saved by the bell

Nagrarok
07.02.10
I am worrying about us going up against Brazil, but maybe a small mircale will occur. Maybe.

Obviously I was most looking forward to this part of the blog. Research well done, I expected some of the names I saw on here.

FadeToBlack
07.02.10
i am backing the Netherlands to beat Brazil

Fluorine
07.02.10
Thank you for featuring The Gathering. Really one of my favourite bands.

brandnewAAAA
07.02.10
Holanda won!!! Unbelievable. This world cup is amazing

Prolapse
07.02.10
Holy shit

vanderb0b
07.02.10
Well, I certainly wasn't expecting Holland to win.

porch
07.02.10
Fuck. Brazil gave that one away

Fluorine
07.02.10
Wrong again, Mr. Butler.
Go Netherlands!

Tits McGee
07.02.10
Holland are my new heroes.

AbrahamLincoln
07.02.10
honest abe called that

Nagrarok
07.02.10
FUCK YEAH.

Nagrarok
07.02.10
Second half was so good. Fantastic to see all those Brazilians stressing out once we scored 2-1.

Kiran
07.02.10
felipe melo's worst game ever

AbrahamLincoln
07.02.10
brazil cant seem to get past the quarterfinals recently

Nagrarok
07.02.10
WE FUCKING WON

AGAINST BRAZIL

If they manage to lose now against Ghana or Uruguay though, we're all going to be extremely dissapointed here.

Spare
07.02.10
i thought destroyer 666 were australian ):

AbrahamLincoln
07.02.10
gyan is a buttlicker lol

2muchket!
07.03.10
UP THE ORANJE !

that alice deejay song was the first single i ever bought actually

DaveyBoy
07.03.10
Nick, can you pass on your predictions for the next 2 games now, so we can make a fortune betting against who you pick!

TheyTookOurJobs
07.03.10
"i thought destroyer 666 were australian ):"

Same here :S

Nagrarok
07.03.10
And on the subject of the blog:

' it’s not hard to stumble across traditional Dutch folk, as there was a major revival in the mid-’70s, led by a band called Fungus – observe in wonder how magnificently bearded they are.'

You know how they actually sing about beards in the song, too?

'Jan, Piert, Joris en Corneel
Die hebben baarden, die hebben baarden
Jan, Piert, Joris en Corneel
Die hebben baarden, zij varen mee'

That would translate to:

'Jan, Piert, Joris and Corneel
They have beards, they have beards
Jan, Piert, Joris and Corneel
They have beards, they sail along'



Iai
07.03.10
Haha, awesome.

I had money on Ghana to qualify too, so yeah.....my latest bet is an accumulator that had Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams both to win Wimbledon, more than 0.5 goals in Germany-Argentina, and Spain to qualify. So I guess we can expect the two biggest shocks in Wimbledon history and a Paraguay - Uruguay final.

Nagrarok
07.03.10
I thought we would have to face Ghana as well, but we certainly musn't underestimate Uruaguay. It's incredible how much tension has been growing here since the game with Brazil. I've never been so caught up in the World Cup myself, the exitement for Tuesday evening is booming.

Powerban
07.03.10
How often is english practiced in Holland, Nag? Your english is better than 90% of the english speaking world.

(props for Alice Deejay too, i love dance stuff with trance tendencies. that was one of the songs i enjoyed greatly back in the day)

Nagrarok
07.03.10
Holland is fairly adapt at English compared to other non-English-speaking countries I believe, but I've always found it a more interesting language than Dutch. The difference though, is that I did bilingual education and achieved an IB-diploma, so I'm a better English speaker than the average Dutchman. I barely have to use it as much as I did in highschool though, so it's not as good as it used to be, but I try to keep it up by doing some writing here.

Powerban
07.03.10
ahh, that's cool. i might have to hit your country up on a tour of europe one day. the scariest thing about traveling to other countries is that country not being able to understand you.

once australia was kicked out of the world cup, i put on a $10 bet with my friend at who would reach the furthest.

i picked Holland, and he picked England (i don't know why). after england lost i gave him another chance so he picked Brazil. $10 is now mine. =)

Nagrarok
07.03.10
Haha good for you, man. The victory against Brazil sure came as a surprise though. And I know what you mean about the travelling, but don't worry about Holland. Some of us have thick Dutch accents, but we all speak a basic amount of English. It's the French I'd worry about if you're going there.

Powerban
07.03.10
France has never really interested me anyway. there is just something about the french that i find irritating.

(sorry any french people lol)

Iai
07.03.10
Ah, I think I can explain that - the reason you find the French irritating is because they're irritating.

2muchket!
07.03.10
Yeah bottling it and not having any pride and generally being cock juggling annoying pricks is definite french characterisitc.

JayVex
07.03.10
Time for Germany's sputnikmusic feature then, especially after their victory over Argentina (4:0!)

AbrahamLincoln
07.03.10
go germany. fuck yeah.

Nagrarok
07.03.10
That means our dream final is getting even more probable. We still have some business to settle with the Germans regarding football.

AbrahamLincoln
07.03.10
i hate spain. hope germany fucking destroys them and that cunt david villa

JayVex
07.03.10
Lawl, I secretly agree, though I don't hate Spain quite that much ;)

Iai
07.03.10
I am delighted at the semi-finalists - I'd love to see any of them win, to be perfectly honest.

qwe3
07.03.10
Germany

Nagrarok
07.03.10
'I am delighted at the semi-finalists - I'd love to see any of them win, to be perfectly honest'

By that, you do of course mean any of them except for Germany, Spain or Uruguay?

2muchket!
07.03.10
^^^^^^^^

i want the netherlands to win it



2muchket!
07.03.10
and I'm a quarter german

Nagrarok
07.03.10
I do wish for a Netherlands - Germany final though. That would be epic over here.

SmurkinGherkin
07.03.10
Netherlands - Germany final would be mouth watering. SO many old wounds from that fixture. Would be fucking tense.

Nagrarok
07.03.10
Exactly.

SmurkinGherkin
07.03.10
It's really too close to call as to who will win. I think the Netherlands will beat Uruguay, but really it's impossible to predict Spain - Germany. And then ANYTHING can happen in the final, or these semis for that matter.

Nagrarok
07.03.10
I pretty much have the same thoughts on that, though we must keep cool when facing Uruguay. Things will get tense when we lose after beating Brazil. I cannot wait for Tuesday.

2muchket!
07.03.10
Suarez not playing is a massive advantage to the Netherlands, but forlan for me has been the player of the tournament along with ozil

SmurkinGherkin
07.03.10
Mother fucking Arjen Robben. Shit will go down.

qwe3
07.03.10
Ozil is so fucking great to watch

2muchket!
07.03.10
if only he was ginger

he'd look like beaker from the muppets

Dragon_Prince
07.04.10
Why no Focus? Their song is used for the official Nike commercial ;p, would have made sense to use that. Better Of Alone is a nice choice though :)

Nagrarok
07.04.10
Yeah Nick, I forgot to mention that. You should've put this vid on, fucking epic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7gI2K1mrfI

Zizzer
07.08.10
Agreed. "Hocus Pocus" is epic indeed.

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