In the song 'Drinking in Gomorrah' (Impossible Broadcasting, 2004) by Transglobal Underground there is this lyric:

And it's quiet except for this couple of German cotton buyers, who both turn out to come from Munich, and get into a heated row about relative merits of Bayern and 1868, when they get a bit too loud, I move in, calm things down, make a couple crap jokes.

(There seems to be some disagreement on the actual lyrics on the internet lyrics sites but I'm pretty sure what I've put above are correct)

So, what is the relevance of 'Bayern' and '1868' ? I'm assuming that it's going to be personal to people from Germany (and maybe even Munich) ?

Full song here : YouTube

  • I'm not sure, whether this question is not more related to history, but there seems a connection to Zollverein, which reasonably matches cotton (obviously related to custom charges) buyers.
    – guidot
    Mar 1, 2023 at 10:47

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Well, I've got the answer. I went direct to source and asked Transglobal Underground (via Facebook)...

Here's what they wrote:

I once knew a cotton buyer from Munich who worked in Cairo and didn’t like Bayern so I thought Id put him in the story. Onstage the lyric would refer to wherever we were at the time….the doors to the bar opened everywhere

The reference to 1868 should have been 1860, which shows what I know about German football.

So the reference is entirely football based as it refers to two clubs from Munich, Bayern Munich and 1860 Munich and their rivalry.

The Munich Derby

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