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Wednesday, October 03, 2021

facing the music
It really started this past weekend with the pair of Kings-Ducks games in London. But tonight, with all preseason action finished and a handful of night games on tap, it feels more like the commencement of the 2007-08 National Hockey League season.

With a steady supply of Rangers, Devils and Islanders games pumping in on basic cable, plus the Versus and NBC games, I can (mostly blissfully) kiss my free time goodbye for the next several months.

To get the season started off right, I’d like to propose a rebooting of the musical selection in NHL arenas across North America. Specifically, the choice of tracks for certain on-ice situations needs to be freshened up — badly. Once that situation is addressed, we can move on to eradicating audio transgressions like “Cotton-Eye Joe”…

Here are my modest proposals for proper musical accompaniment at a good ol’ hockey game:

PENALTY SHOTS
Gotta go with Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”. Fire away!

REPAIRING BROKEN/DISLODGED BOARD GLASS
My choice is Blondie’s “Heart of Glass”. A glass pane that’s actually shattered might warrant Annie Lennox’s “Walking On Broken Glass”; but somehow, it seems too light of a song for arena play.

FIGHTING
Despite its geeky Trekkie connotations, hearing the “Amok Time” soundtrack, aka “Kirk vs. Spock Fight Theme” (adjust volume accordingly) while watching two skaters face off is just too irresistible. Props go to the music maestro at the Shark Tank in San Jose, which I believe is where this idea originated.

On the flip side, I propose a moratorium on “Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky)” for this purpose. It’s been done to death, and the corniness is no longer cute.

DRAWING A PENALTY
“I Fought the Law”. I perversely would hope for the twisted Dead Kennedys version, but the original lyrics as performed by The Bobby Fuller Four, The Clash or anyone else would suffice.

Moratorium: Judas Priest’s “Breakin’ the Law”. Overused. Besides, ever since the days of “Beavis and Butt-head”, I haven’t been able to take that song even remotely seriously.

PENALTY KILL
I would love to hear some vintage Public Enemy when the home team is shorthanded! “Fight The Power” goes well here — as in fighting the opposing power play opportunity. Alternatively, “Shut Em Down”.

POWER PLAY
Rather slim pickings in my mind, surprisingly. But let’s go with Snap’s “The Power”.

BOOTH INSTANT-REPLAY GOAL REVIEW
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “The Waiting”, to match the ripple of tedium and anticipation while the refs chat on the ice-level phone.

Moratorium: The theme from “Jeopardy”. Too hokey for hockey.

Feel free to contribute your own options…

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 10/03/2021 10:23:17 PM
Category: Creative, Hockey, Pop Culture
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  1. I love John Denver, but I have no idea how “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” became hockey fare. I’ve heard it at every level, from club college hockey to the NHL.

    Comment by tim — 10/04/2021 @ 02:35:59 PM

  2. Probably caught on because of the hand-clapping nature of it, which works the crowd so well. Not so much because pucks fans are all rednecks ;)

    Comment by CT — 10/05/2021 @ 01:53:34 PM

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