During my discussion with the fellows behind The Classical, the forthcoming sports site named after the Mark E. Smith composition that reportedly cost the band a recording deal with Motown thanks to the slur about 35 seconds in, I asked why there aren't many punk or post-punk songs about sports. They fired back with an impressive list of songs disproving that premise.
Said Classical member Tim Marchman, who's written about baseball for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Sun (and disdains Yo La Tengo's cover of "Meet the Mets"): "All those guys like Jon Langford, Mark Smith and John Lydon were huge soccer fans. My theory is that they didn't write more about sports because they were obsessed with American culture and didn't know how soccer fit in with that. Meanwhile, the Americans were generally fake Brits. Darby Crash would have written about Arsenal if he had Fox Soccer Channel." More brains on punks on jocks below.More »