"What's in the bag?"
The round of 16 starts today, and at this point we are just about forced to start posting music from countries we've done before. I offer you another soundtrack today, this time the soundtrack for the 1998 German film Lola rennt, released in the USA as Run Lola Run. I think this is a fine choice to represent Germany in the Germany-Sweden match tomorrow, especially because the introduction features the famous quote from former German national team coach Sepp Herberger, "Der Ball ist rund, und das Spiel dauert neunzig Minuten. So viel ist schon mal klar. Alles andere ist Theorie."
Lola rennt is a fun film, basically a 80 minute music video. It is a pounding, pulsing rollercoaster of a film. The music in the film has been described as "techno" by some, but I think that does it a disservice. Quite a bit of it is intended to get your adreneline flowing, but there are slow, easy numbers with nice vocals. The one problem I have with the soundtrack CD is that, in the interest of filling out an full-length CD, several of the tracks are remixes. This bugs me because a) I've already heard those songs, and b) the remixes do sound kind of techno (not that that's necessarily a bad thing.) Actually, I have another problem with the soundtrack. The music is in the wrong order, not the order it appears in the film. The introduction (which features the Sepp Herberger quote) is track 10 for Pete's sake.
In spite of those flaws, I do enjoy listening to this CD, and I think you will too. It helps to have seen the film, but even if you haven't, you might recognize some of the music from a tampon commercial.
Escape Goat informs me that I should really predict a winner in today's match. Under pressure, I feel my prediction will be too cautious, but I say the final score will be
Germany = 1 googol : Sweden < 0.000001
Today's post comes in two sizes. You can download the version ripped at a bitrate of 192, but it's more than 100 Mb, so you must download it in two parts. Alternatively, you can have a version ripped at a bitrate of 160 in a single download. In either case, the password is
Ball ist rund
Part 1: http://rapidshare.de/files/23946638/Lola1.rar.html
Part 2: http://rapidshare.de/files/23947734/Lola2.rar.html