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Need more World Cup music? This band has just released 100 soccer songs, each about 30 seconds long

We first hear about The Pocket Gods when they found a loophole in Spotify’s payment system. Since Spotify pays out for a full stream of a song after 30 seconds has elapsed, why bother writing songs longer than that?

Good point, really. The result was four records called 100X30, each featuring 100 songs with running times just over 30 seconds. Quite brilliant, really.

The Pocket Gods’ latest endeavor is the fifth 100X30 volume with every track focusing on some aspect of the World Cup.

Here are some titles:

  • From Russia with (Hetero) Love
  • I’m Leaving on a Standard Class Aer Lingus
  • I’m Supporting Pussy Riot
  • World Cup Widows
  • Spot the Player on Coke
  • The Ballad of the Poisoned Referee
  • World Cup Snacks
  • Slave Labour Stadiums
  • Ra Ra Ras Pootun
  • World in Motion Was So Overrated
  • Best Tattoo

The Pocket Gods’ material is available on all streaming platforms. Here’s a sample.



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