This Sunday, November 20, World Cup 2022 kicks off in the tiny Middle Eastern nation of Qatar. Normally a summer tournament, this Cup was moved to the fall due to Qatar’s extreme heat, and that’s not the only controversy surrounding this iteration.
Still, there’s a lot to look forward to. The U.S. men’s team is back in the World Cup for the first time since 2014, with a highly-anticipated matchup with England on Friday, November 25. This week on My KUTX, we’ve got a soccer-themed hour of music in celebration. The guest DJ is Phil West, managing editor at The Striker, an Austin-based publication which covers Austin FC, MLS, and soccer around the world. He plays some of the best (and worst) World Cup theme songs, digs deep for soccer-influenced music by Pink Floyd, Parquet Courts, and the Fall, and shows how the music of Austin’s Daniel Johnston has become iconic to Austin soccer fans. Hear My KUTX on Saturday, November 19 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime at the top of the page.
- La Murga De Austin – “Alright! Alright! Alright! (Austin FC!)”
- La Murga De Austin – “McKalla”
- Shakira – “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)”
- Pitbull – “We Are One (Ole Ala)”
- K’naan – “Wavin’ Flag”
- Vodka – “Mario Gomez Cha Cha”
- Jorge Ben Jor – “Ponta de Lança Africano”
- Pépé Kalle – “Roger Milla”
- The Old Firm Casuals – “Never Say Die” (Earthquakes Version)
- The Fall – “Kicker Conspiracy”
- Parquet Courts – “Total Football” (Live in Studio 1A)
- Pink Floyd – “Fearless”
- Daniel Johnston – “True Love Will Find You In The End”
- La Murga De Austin – “True Love Will Find You In The End”