September 7, 2014

IT'S JUST AN ADVERTISING MEDIUM...:

The Good Listener: Where Are All The Great Songs About Football? (STEPHEN THOMPSON, September 07, 2014, NPR)

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside a stuffed Picachu the size of an ottoman is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives -- and, this week, thoughts on music to accompany the new football season.

Joe writes via email: "While drafting our fantasy football teams last week, my friends and I were trying to brainstorm great songs about football -- and mostly coming up empty. 'The Super Bowl Shuffle' is a classic, but not because it's some kind of masterpiece. The Hank Williams Jr. song they used to put before Monday Night Football is OK, or at least catchy, but the original tune ["All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight"] isn't even about football. I can think of good, or at least decent, songs about basketball and baseball. Why not football?"


...so all its "best" songs are just advertising jingles.

When your music peaks with Dropkick Me Jesus and Blind Man in the Bleachers, you know your game is unlovely.

Posted by at September 7, 2014 6:33 AM
  

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