I haven’t been following Vancouver fandom much, and it hasn’t been as well hyped as Portland and Seattle fandom, but it’s got a history as long as that of those two teams.
My shallow excursion into this corner of North American soccer culture began with an innocent tweet to Nardwuar. I don’t expect you to know who Nardwuar is (full name: Nardwuar the Human Serviette), and explaining what he is would take far too long. But, I quite innocently tweeted him during the Whitecaps game this weekend:
@nardwuar Your welcome. I’m watching your #Whitecaps destroy Chicago.
And, I got a reply!
@tedski finally a win! Doot doo!
Our man Nardwuar is a footy fan! Who knew? I knew Dominic DaVinci was…
Me back to Nardwuar:
@nardwuar Yes, but it’s hard to feel like it’s really a #Whitecaps game unless Hassli gets red carded. Doot doo, as it were.
To that, Nardwuar sent me a link to a photo of a single of the song “White Is the Colour,” judging from the logo, it would have been released in the mid-1970s.
For those of you wondering how this song sounds, it is um, “inspired,” by a song sung by Chelsea supporters. A version of it is also used by the Saskatchewan Rough Riders. The Proclaimers released a cover of the song:
I couldn’t find any version by the Radiators, however.