That's so true. I believe that the seed for 'Winner' was sown when they watched that awful TV montage of England losing the World Cup with the edited 'Numb' as a soundtrack (see FL commentary for the effect it had on them). First, it inspired them to release 'Numb' as a single, then (even though it failed) they thought they'd have a go at a song for winners instead of losers for a change to raise their profile during the Olympics. The only good thing about this whole debacle is that 'Winner' flopped, too. If the media and public had actually adopted this as a ubiquitous anthem, we would probably have been confronted with lots of 'Winner' clones from PSB by now in an attempt to recapture some of that success (similar to all the 'Go West' clones they released during the 90s). This really reveals what their true intention was and how disappointed they were that it didn't work out as planned. This is just rationalising their commercial failure (and trying to make the song look more sophisticated than it is) after the fact. By the way, they did indirectly reference 'We Are The Champions' by incorporating the same rhythm as its flipside 'We Will Rock You'. Yes, it is better than 'Hold On' because at least the melody of the verse is okay and the melody of the bridge is actually quite nice. But I couldn't give this more than a zero because the chorus, the key change and everything surrounding its release is irredeemable. Also, 'Leaving' was originally destined to be the first proper single release from Elysium. I feel the same. I heard some fans raving about this remix at the time, stating that it saved the song. So I had high expectations, especially since the Pink Noise remix of 'Se a vida é' really improves that song by replacing its hamfisted cheerfulness with graceful melancholy. I couldn't have been more disappointed: the minimal backing track doesn't really fit and just exposes the faults of the cheesy vocals even more. Even the verses and the bridge sound utterly forced now.