Monday, November 20, 2006

The Soundtrack of My Life

Next to hockey, one of my favorite things has to be music. I love all kinds of music - rock, pop, classical, and yes, even a little bit country...and a little bit rock and roll.

Sorry, Donny and Marie snuck in somehow.

Anyways, I started thinking about what the soundtrack of a hockey game would be - let's face it, there's so rarely a moment of silence in a game. Every second is filled with some song or another, and these songs in turn get burned into our brains and are then forever tied to this great sport. I myself have been programmed to think of hockey whenever I hear these songs:

- Hockey Night in Canada Theme Song (well, duh...)
- Where the Streets Have No Name by U2
- We Will Rock You by Queen (although I can't remember the last time I heard the actual version and not the organ at Verizon Center)
- Crazy Train by Black Sabbath
- Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith
- Hard to Handle by Black Crowes
- Runnin' Down a Dream by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
- Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
- Jump by Van Halen
- Rock and Roll Part II by Gary Glitter (actually, now I think of a creepy guy with child porn on his computer...)
- Blitzkrieg Bop by The Ramones
- Running on Ice by Billy Joel
- I Wanna Drive the Zamboni by The Zambonis
- Zombie Nation by Kernkraft 400
- The Final Countdown by Europe
- Na, Na, Hey, Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) by Steam

And of course...
- The Good Old Hockey Game by Stompin' Tom Conners

But then I thought, well most of those songs are pretty common among all sporting events. All that's missing is "Who Let the Dogs Out" and you've got yourself a baseball game. So I started to think what the soundtrack of the Capitals would be, both past and present, and here's what I came up with so far. I may add to this as I think of more - let me know if you have suggestions!

Past:
- Inaugural season: Thriller by Michael Jackson
- Early to mid-80s: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar or No More Mr. Nice Guy by Alice Cooper
- 2003-04 season: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot
- Aftermath of 2003-04 season: Changes by David Bowie
- 2004-05 season: The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel

Present:
- Underdog Theme Song
- With a Little Help from My Friends by the Beatles
- The Future's So Bright (I Gotta Wear Shades) by Timbuk 3
- Keep the Faith by Bon Jovi
- A New Day Has Come by Celine Dion
- Hit Me with Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar (for a different reason...poor Olie and Johnny)
- Hurts So Good by John Cougar
- All Star by Smashmouth, in honor of Ovie, Olie and Zubie
- Patience by Guns N' Roses
- Getting Better by the Beatles
- I'm Sorry by Brenda Lee or I Might Be Wrong by Radiohead - aka the theme songs for the mainstream hockey media

And just in case...

Future:
- We Are the Champions by Queen

Hey, it could happen!

3 comments:

Rob said...

Great mention of "Running on Ice" by Billy Joel -- a very underrated song by the Piano Man.

Being the Billy Joel fan that I am, I have to add one more song by him --
"Pressure" and one by a great band, Eddie From Ohio -- "Old Dominion," which actually mentions the Redskins but SHOULD mention the Caps! :)

Big Little! said...

Love this blog. . .good job little big!

hockeygirl said...

We should make this one of our creative challenges on hlog.