Friday Factory Tune: Müngersdorfer Stadion

By February 4, 2011Friday Factory Tune

With America’s attention focused on the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, we choose to pay tribute to another sporting structure, Müngersdorfer Stadion.

These days it’s known as the RheinEnergieStadion Köln in Cologne, Germany. Referred to affectionately as the Jewelry Box, it was opened in 2004 and is home to the soccer team, 1. FC Köln. The naming rights belong to RheinEnergie, the electric and water utility.

And that’s Max Zeltinger, who occupied the campier side of early ’80s German punk. This was kind of a hit at the time, a rip-off (in a good way) of the Ramones “Rockaway Beach.” Singing in the local dialect, Zeltinger expresses a desire to sneak a ride on the subway to go swimming at the stadium.

Why this song? Well, we were thinking about Reagan at 100, which led us to the Ramones and the disrespectful “Bonzo Goes to Bitburg” — but remember, Johnny voted for Reagan — and wound up somehow with Max. Who did not vote for Reagan.

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