Thrash Hits

September 30th, 2011

Why is FC St Pauli in Hamburg the best football club in the world?

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We went to Hamburg the other week for Reeperbahn Festival but there was no heavy metal on the line-up so we went to watch the most punk rock football team in the world instead: FC St Pauli.

They have a skull and crossbones as their supporters’ logo, are anti-fascist, and – best of all – the team runs on the pitch to AC/DC’s ‘Hells Bells’ and when they score, they pop Blur’s ‘Song 2’ on the loudspeaker. This club is unconventional at best and that’s why it attracts rockers.

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This is what Alex Rosamilia of The Gaslight Anthem/Something About Death Or Dying, who is often seen sporting a Totenkopf hat (below), has to say about FC St Pauli:

“To be honest, I chose them based on looks. I mean come on, skull and crossbones? I started following them in the off season, which gave me a bit to learn about the club. That’s when I was sold. I’ve been a fan ever since. They may not be the ‘best’ team in the world, but hey, at least they’re not Watford…”

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Going one better than wearing a hat is the mighty Turbonegro. Happy-Tom Seltzer of the swashbuckling Norwegians explains why they took a perfectly decent song of theirs (‘I Got Erection’) and turned it into a German-language St Pauli tribute:

Dude!!! St Pauli is the team for the beautiful losers, for the sailors, pimps, whores and poets. And for ordinary drunks like us guys in Turbonegro. What’s there NOT to like about a team like that?

Another great thing, following on from what Happy-Tom said, is that you can stand up, drink beer and smoke cigarettes during the matches. It’s almost like freedom! Anyway… This is a photo of the old club shop. Yeah, it’s an old shipping container and many, many items of merch has been procured from said shipping container. Even a St Pauli doormat. Yeah, that’s right. Invest in some baubles for the Christmas tree, perhaps.

Turbonegro are playing at Supersonic Festival at the Custard Factory in Birmingham on 21-23 October 2011 along with the likes of Wolves In The Throne Room, Electric Wizard and Slabdragger. You should probably go.


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