15 February 2006

Theme to 2006

You know, after thinking about the use of "We are Family" by the Buckos in the late 70s, it occurs to me that many great championship sports teams have a song, not necessarily contemporary, that somehow comes to typify the season. It plays during half-time, or at the end of the game, or pregame, or something. These songs are different than the hype the crowd songs like the overuse of Ozzy's "Crazy Train." Somehow they express, usually in delightfully cheesy ways, the spirit of the team and the city all at once. Occasionally they are local bands making good, occasionally just well known songs borrowed for the occasion.

I'm curious what songs could emerge as a candidate for DCU this year. Certain songs would be disqualified for being too obvious or cumbersome ("Back in black" comes to mind.) My personal recommendation might be Kim Wilde's "Kids of America", as it has the right amount of cheesiness but also of inspiration. Any suggestions?

Update 15 Feb 2006 (mattwdc)'s suggestion of "Bustin Loose" is a damn good one, adding local flavor and nice beats and lyrics that could apply to a soccer game (sort of...). We're still early in the search. In fact, if we get enough suggestions, I'll even run a poll for the winner. And not only that, I'll buy the winning song, if available in iTunes, for a bunch of you (say, up to $20 -- can you buy songs for people? You should be able to.) That's the plan.

Originally posted 14 Feb 2006


At 14 February, 2006 14:24, Blogger Matt W said...

"Bustin' Loose" by Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers.

link 1 link 2 link 3

Wind United up, Chuck!

At 14 February, 2006 14:28, Blogger Jason said...

"Back in Black" always kicks off DCU games for the Atlanta fan club here at the Brewhouse Cafe.

We also play "Radar Love" because it was playing when Boswell scored for us once, but I don't think that would work... :)

At 14 February, 2006 14:42, Blogger D said...

Matt: That's good. That's very good. Local connection, great rhythm... wow. Definately in the running.

Jason: Back in Black works great as intro music, but it's really a "get ready for the game" music, not "express the hopes and drams of a city" music. Good stuff for pregame tailgate. Still, it seems just a bit too obvious.

Radar Love though... heh. I kinda like that idea. Golden Earring. If DC were more a classic rock kinda town, that would be a strong competitor.

At 16 February, 2006 12:05, Blogger Matt W said...

Thanks, D, but it looks like it's not available through iTunes, or at least Chuck's "Bustin' Loose" isn't. I'm too scared to listen to the Norwegian Gospel Singers and MC Hammer tunes with that name. Norwegian gospel?

There's a snippet of the song at allmusic if you're registered. If there are any Soulseekers out there, I'll put it in my folder when I get home. My handle is mwdc7777.

At 16 February, 2006 15:52, Anonymous Eric said...

Banned in DC
Bad Brains

At 16 February, 2006 16:00, Blogger rwhgeek said...

I think it has been done before maybe in Playstation FIFA game but how about "A Little Less Conversation" (JXL Remix). This could also apply to the offseason. I have been working on a playlist for my iPod to help with the drive up for Richmond. Will try to upload it on iTunes tonight.

At 16 February, 2006 16:10, Blogger rwhgeek said...

Damnit now I realize that "A Little Less Conversation" is SccrPlaya's blog name. My vote still stands but credit where credit is due.


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