I KNEW I was going to do a World Cup Music post today.
Tom Gates suggested I do “Songs about Balls.”
I couldn’t think of enough ball-songs though. So I started thinking about certain musical experiences I’d had in different places (Brazil in particular), and wondered–could it be possible for a band to affect the outcome of a match? Has it happened in history? If so how could you verify it?
It seemed worth perusing. My only dilemma: should it be wide open full-fantasy mode: any musician alive or dead? Or should it be limited to currently active musicians? The latter makes it a lot more challenging particularly with Mexico (otherwise I would’ve gone with “El Rey” by by José Alfredo Jiménez), Argentina (“Maradona” by Rodrigo), and the US (“Star Spangled Banner” by Jimi Hendrix, although I admit that seems cliche.)
In the end I went with currently active musicians as it seems more interesting to think that these bands / situations could actually occur.