If there's one thing us Kiwis love to do it's to instantly criticise anything once it makes the headlines.
This time it's the "theme song" for next year's rugby world cup.
Now, I'm not usually one to jump on a bandwagon with these things but for once, I'm siding with the majority of people who don't like it (which seems to be most of the country). For those of you that don't yet know what the song is, it is a cover of "Right Here, Right Now" which was originally recorded by an english band called Jesus Jones in the 90s. Being a one time fan of the band and song, I was skeptical when it was announced that it would be covered by The Feelers (a washed up Kiwi band that haven't done anything decent in years) but thought I'd reserve judgment until I heard it.
Now. I have heard it and it is terrible. Terribly sung and terribly covered. Regardless of if it was just a cover The Feelers did just to try and sell albums or as a "theme song" for the rugby world cup, it is just plain bad.
The funny thing though is that about a week after it was announced (and had enough time to be played during tv ad breaks and on the radio and annoy the general population) the NZRFU announced that the song was never intended to be the theme song and that a "proper" kiwi singer will be selected to sing a "proper" kiwi song for the "proper" theme song and that "Right Here, Right Now" will be used purely for the build up to the world cup.
I can almost guarantee that if the "proper" theme song isn't something like "Loyal" by Dave Dobbyn (which has already been used during the Americas Cup campaigns) then it too will be hated.
I guess it goes to show that us Kiwis are hard to please and just plain hate everything... except "Loyal" by Dave Dobbyn.