2010 World Cup

London Calling

"Soccer Rocks"
Jay DeMerit
2006

Many good musicians have recorded bad songs about soccer. Many bad musicians have recorded bad songs about soccer. But nobody records bad soccer songs like the players. Read more about London Calling

The New World

"My Day Is Coming"
Rivers Cuomo
2006
"Represent"
Weezer
2010

It's Independence Day weekend in the United States, and what better time to look at the state of that rare bird, the American soccer song? Read more about The New World

Johannesburg to Omaha to Portland

"World Cup Fever"
Eux Autres
2010

With the Portland Timbers joining Major League Soccer this year, the Pacific Northwest, and Portland in particular, have gotten a lot of attention in American soccer circles. It's not surprising that Portland and Seattle's musical culture have gotten into the act as well. Read more about Johannesburg to Omaha to Portland

A Gentleman's Game

"Eat My Goal"
Collapsed Lung
1996
"Mr. B's World Cup Song"
Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer
2010

This week, two songs with more in common than you might realize. "Eat My Goal" is a high-energy, stream-of-consciousness piece of pop-hop braggadocio that was packed, commercialized and overexposed as an officially sponsored anthem for Euro '96. "Mr. B's World Cup Song" is a dignified, bowler-hatted rejection of modern soccer culture and modernity in general. But both reflect the particular talents of one man: English hip-hop artist Jim Burke, or as he is now better known, Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer. Read more about A Gentleman's Game

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