Fight On! And Stuff Like That (including some WVU hiphop all the way at the bottom)
The exciting news about the Vikings' raunchy-sounding and utterly bizarre new fight song got me in a peppy kind of mood. (Read racially charged responses here.) I've felt fondly about the Vikings and their many fight songs since my night watching MNF with Vikings fans and listening to them sing Skol VIkings, complete with various arm thrusts, which turns out to be far inferior to "The Vikings Theme Song," which has horns and chimes and Scandinavian chants and maybe some tubas and truly deserves a music video featuring the Monty Python guys and some spam. If you didn't just listen to those three songs, and the Python skit, I'd ask you to please reconsider. All three are well worth your time.
Anyhow, more importantly, Southeastern Oklahoma State gave out one thousand genuine dollars to the classical composer who did them up, fight song wise, after SOSU's nickname changed from the Savages to the Savage Storm, which would have been an outstanding name for a death metal band but seems a little odd for, say, a collegiate softball team. The classical composer of the song, Jeff Lankov,
has appeared with Phyllis Diller and served as musical director for a thousand performances of Forever Plaid, the longest-running show in Dallas/Fort Worth history, which are the qualifications I'd like to have in my fight-song composer.
Incidentally, the Carolina Panthers this preseason turned again to "Stand and Cheer," which in this version starts and ends with a "Roaar, Roaaaaar" sound, and which in every version sounds like it's ripped directly from "The Music Man" and includes the lyric "Nothin' could be finer; Than to be in Carolina; For a Carolina Panther football game."
Much of the league, of course, was forced to scramble for new theme songage after the whole Gary Glitter fiasco. And in what could turn out to be a related story, Bradley is seeking inspiration for a new, non-offensive mascot (a Gunston maybe?), although I guess there's nothing objectionable about these lyrics. "Plunge right thru to victory" does sound a big odd, though.
Which is all by way of introducing the new breakout tune of the 2006 college football season for those who haven't heard: The Gold N Blue Song by 6'6 240. An employee of a local D.C. pro sports franchise e-mailed me and asked me to track down some audio after hearing the song while in West Virginia recently: here ya go, sir. (Although if you're at work and you scroll down a bit, you might get fired.) The original lyrics reference the 'Eers' 3-3-5 defense and rhyme "Steve Slaton" with "Walter Payton," but I'm partial to the post-Marshall update lyrics:
Yeah September 2 was a wonderful day,
Mountaineers came to Mountaineer Field ready to play.
You know you saw a few things you didn't see comin':
Pat White was passin' more than he was runnin'!
Two of his 10 was in the end zone,
Both to Brandon Myles, that's how you set the tone.
Hats off to Mr. Slaton [pause] (oh yeah!);
And the offensive line [pause] for being patient.
203 yards; ooh that boy bad!
He had 140 of 'em in the first half.
Owen Schmitt got in, and Jarrett Brown too,
Don't foget the pick by Quinton Andrews.
This all has me ready for Ovechkin's 21st birthday party tonight. Wonder if 6'6 240 will be there.
Posted by: Kyle | September 21, 2006 10:14 AM | Report abuse
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