Scotland

A Program About Art

"Strachan"
The Hitchers
1997

Never has a song that's only half about soccer captured the excitement of a game as well as Irish indie punkers The Hitchers's ode to Scottish midfielder Gordon Strachan. Read more about A Program About Art

Not So Great Expectations

Official World Cup team songs have been staples in England since the 1980s, to the point where it made news when coach Fabio Capello and the England FA decided not to have one for 2010. England World Cup songs, official or unofficial, tend to follow a certain pattern. They're upbeat. They're patriotic. They start with a clip of game commentary. 1966 is mentioned. And at the end, of course, England wins it all.

When Glasgow pop band Del Amitri set out to write an official anthem for the Scotland team in the 1998 World Cup, they threw that pattern out the window. The result is one of the most unusual, and one of the most controversial, official team songs ever written. Read more about Not So Great Expectations

Stadium Hits of the 1880s

"Football Crazy"
Robin Hall & Jimmy MacGregor
1960

If I ask what comes to mind when I say "soccer songs," you may think of bomabastic official team anthems, or terrace songs shouted by supporters at games, or Top 40 World Cup tie-ins. But ask English fans of a certain age about "football songs" and they might also think of this novelty dialect song, the surprisingly enduring "Football Crazy," or as it's sometimes written, "Fitba' Crazy." Read more about Stadium Hits of the 1880s

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