BANNED IN DC

Well, I had to call it that.

It seems the lads and lasses in Marketing over at Adidas decided to commission an original song for each of MLS’ lucky 13 clubs. (Oh, go over to the Adi website and dig it up yourselves, would you?) And when it came time to choose an artist to represent for DC United, the choice was glaringly obvious: the mighty, the fearsome, the legendary, the iconic…BAD BRAINS.

(Actually, think of the possibilities: a reunited Nation of Ulysses rocking a custom-revised version of “Hot Chocolate City”; Fugazi’s “Song Number One” [NOT a fuck-you song, thanks very much] reconfigured to address the Raul Diaz Arce crisis of ’97 or whenever it was; Circus Lupus putting down a whole album about United’s trophy case titled Solid Brass…)

And while it doesn’t really sound like this chunka-munka neo-metalcore thing is exactly Bad Brains at their best, you have to say that it’s a near-perfect match between band and club. Like Bad Brains, DC United had some classic early years followed by long doldrums punctuated by occasional tantalizing returns to form. And like United in the playoffs, the ‘Brains are known for just not showing up. Any parallels between Bruce Arena and HR will not be considered here.

Meanwhile, the Houston song sounds pretty…whadda the kids say? Dope?

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About zachdundas

Freelance journalist. Author of The Renegade Sportsman (Riverhead Books). Thank you.
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2 Responses to BANNED IN DC

  1. El Güero says:

    Wow. Nation of Ulysses for the DC United song? I think I found myself a new favorite blog.

  2. Zach Dundas says:

    Why stop there? “Cool Senior High School” could be the new theme song for the U20 national side, while the grown-ups team could use “The Kingdom of Heaven Must Be Taken By Storm” in the next World Cup.

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