England has a long tradition of World Cup pop songs. Most of them — like the one released this year — are abysmal. The one makes for a good alt-rock alternative.
John Barnes, a wizard on the wing in his day also had a small role in on of the best World Cup songs ever (although it was one of New Order’s worst). Check it out below (wonder if they will play it when the Manchester band play the Greek on the night of the World Cup final)?
Every week the horror show that is the Galaxy just keeps getting worse.
Would you pay a minimum of $30 to watch the worst team in the Western Conference?
Coach Bruce Arena repeated the enigmatic comment he made last week to The Washington Post again to me Monday, insinuating he knows what’s wrong with the team — but isn’t telling:
“It’s not public infomation, but I have a pretty good feel for it,” he said. “There’s always things behind the scenes that are part of the fabric of teams and you’ve got to find it. We haven’t found the right chemistry yet. We’ve had games where maybe a little better team spirit would have gotten us results.”
Team spirit? Really? Maybe we need a noon pep rally in the quad.
What the Galaxy really needs is a dependable center back and midfielders who need to look more interested in finding space and creating attacks, which as Landon Donovan pointed out after the loss to Chivas USA amounts to the “same old story” so far this season.
And at the risk of me getting repetitive, too, here’s more in this week’s column ahead of Wednesday’s Galaxy-Earthquakes and Chivas USA-Red Bulls games.
By the way, I’m pretty sure Arena said “team spirit” and not “teen spirit,” but that’s not a bad idea either.
Here we are, now, entertain us:
Music and half time shows at major sporting events have seldom worked well together.
Oh, there have been notable exceptions that have either been musically adventurous or controversial (thank you Janet Jackson).
But for the most part its been bland stuff designed to appeal to conservative middle America. Think the uninspired rock of Creed at the Super Bowl.
So it was a pleasant surprise when MLS announced today that emo band Jimmy Eat World would provide the half time entertainment at MLS Cup this year.
Jimmy Eat World play upbeat alternative pop, are fun live and have a new album out that’s arguably their most artistically interesting yet.
Of course, MLS also announced today that opera star Placido Domingo (of Three Tenors fame) at the will sing the national anthem, but I guess there must be something for everyone.
I’ll stick with Jimmy Eat World and catchy hook-driven songs like “The Middle” from a few years back: