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Every team’s victory song, ranked

10. Yankees: “New York, New York” - Frank Sinatra

A classic Frank Sinatra jam about how New York helps him get over the “little town blues.” It’s the kind of thing only Yankees fans could love, and every other fan base would find obnoxious, making it a top tier choice….

2. Twins: “Let’s Go Crazy” - Prince

I mean, Prince is from Minnesota. How else could the Twins choose any other artist? This song is also pretty much a party distilled into music form.

1. Indians: “Cleveland Rocks” - Presidents of the United States of America

This song is so good you might actually be convinced that Cleveland does, in fact, rock.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 12, 2019 at 03:44 PM | 83 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 12, 2019 at 05:58 PM (#5861502)
Sorry, but for career value "New York, New York" wins in a walk.

And thank God that "Sweet Caroline" is relegated to 7th inning stretches. Sappiest. Song. Ever. (Well, maybe tied with "Centerfield".)

   2. JAHV Posted: July 12, 2019 at 06:42 PM (#5861513)
He dings the Angels for Guns N Roses (#25) but puts Hall and Oates at 13? Don't get me wrong, I enjoy them both, but the discrepancy seems weird. Almost like this is all based on his personal taste and not anything objective at all...
   3. Baldrick Posted: July 12, 2019 at 07:00 PM (#5861517)
"We'll be judging teams based on the quality of song (my taste, which is impeccable, sorry)"
   4. escabeche Posted: July 12, 2019 at 07:03 PM (#5861518)
I mean, can you even think of another song about San Diego?


"San Diego Zoo" by the Sixths, of course, though I don't think it would make a great victory song.

Orioles should play "Orioles Magic" for wins; old but still bangs.
   5. KronicFatigue Posted: July 12, 2019 at 07:04 PM (#5861519)
I had no idea that the tradition of playing Liza's version after a loss was scrapped.

6. "New York, New York" is played over the stadium loudspeakers at the end of every game. The tradition used to be that the Frank Sinatra version was played if they won and the Liza Minnelli version was played if they lost, but Liza became a little miffed. In 2001, she told them to play her version after a win, or not play it at all. The Yankees opted to play the Sinatra version after every game, regardless of the outcome.


(different article)
   6. Eddo Posted: July 12, 2019 at 07:34 PM (#5861522)
26. White Sox: "Victorious" - Panic at the Disco, "Celebration Mix" - Kool and the Gang, "WIN Remix" - Jay Rock

The point of a victory song is to make a tradition -- a kind of meme to trigger happy memories. That doesn't happen when you have three songs getting played.

The Sox play "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" after every win, and have since the first game I attended in the late 80's. Say what you will about its quality as a victory song, but it's definitely a tradition.
   7. Bote Man Posted: July 12, 2019 at 07:46 PM (#5861524)
The article errs about the Nationals. They play a "submarine horn" to celebrate a victory. One long note, but that can be a song, if a plain white canvas can be a painting.
   8. Itchy Row Posted: July 12, 2019 at 08:01 PM (#5861525)
Go Cubs Go is way too high. On a 30-song list, it shouldn’t make the top 100.
   9. Howie Menckel Posted: July 12, 2019 at 08:16 PM (#5861527)
as a visitor, I love "Go Cubs Go" - especially if you know the backstory.

(same goes for "Centerfield," actually)
   10. Red Voodooin Posted: July 12, 2019 at 08:29 PM (#5861533)
I don't care what anyone says, Go Cubs Go kicks ass.
   11. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: July 12, 2019 at 10:02 PM (#5861559)
I dig that Go Cubs Go tune. It’s a catchy little ditty. And as Howie says, the backstory makes it better.
   12. stevegamer Posted: July 12, 2019 at 11:09 PM (#5861564)
This guy can't even get his song details right.

"Cleveland Rocks" is by Ian Hunter, even though they apparently use the Presidents of the USA version. So either Harry Kalas should get sole billing, or he should be consistent.

   13. A triple short of the cycle Posted: July 12, 2019 at 11:41 PM (#5861571)
Brass Bonanza - Hartford Whalers theme song rocked.
   14. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 13, 2019 at 12:06 AM (#5861574)
I love "Kansas City" of course, but "Dirty Water" is a cool tradition, "Let's Go Crazy" is awesome and makes tons of sense for Minnesota, and "I Love LA" is great.

New York, New York makes sense but isn't really a fun song or anything, I am indifferent about the Cubs song, and that Reds song is....something. The worst song ever was that Rays song they played in 2008 in the post-season, I wish I could unremember it.
   15. Howie Menckel Posted: July 13, 2019 at 12:13 AM (#5861576)
New York, New York makes sense but isn't really a fun song or anything

um
   16. Walt Davis Posted: July 13, 2019 at 03:28 AM (#5861585)
If you can make it there ... you are on a par with Steinbrenners and Wilpons and Trumps ... just sayin'
   17. manchestermets Posted: July 13, 2019 at 07:34 AM (#5861588)
I can't believe nobody's yet pointed out that you can't be tied for 30th in a 30 runner race. The Cardinals and Nationals are actually tied for 29th place.
   18. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: July 13, 2019 at 09:42 AM (#5861593)
By any objective measure, "Go Cubs Go" is a really lame song. But the chorus makes a nice sing-a-long, which makes it a better victory song than it ought to be.
   19. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: July 13, 2019 at 09:49 AM (#5861595)
One of my best ballpark experiences was spring training 2017. Cubs, reigning champs, won in a laugher, and as "Go Cubs Go" played, people sang along. It was great.

This guy sucks.

Also, "New York, New York" is a terrible song.
   20. puck Posted: July 13, 2019 at 12:09 PM (#5861606)
Do the Rockies even play Rocky Mountain Way any more? I thought they stopped (they definitely stopped playing the short clips after each out in the top of the 9th), but I may just have tuned it out.
   21. Cooper Teenoh Posted: July 13, 2019 at 02:53 PM (#5861634)
By any objective measure, "Go Cubs Go" is a really lame song. But the chorus makes a nice sing-a-long, which makes it a better victory song than it ought to be.


Disagree, as a pedantic Cubs fan:

Go Cubs Go
Go Cubs Go
Hey Chicago, whatta say
The Cubs are gonna win today

Singing that *after* the Cubs have won makes no sense. The song should be played as the Cubs take the field every game, both as a statement of intention and to let it's lameness wash over the opponent, hopefully breaking their spirits.
   22. Joe Bivens, Slack Rumped Rutabaga Head Posted: July 13, 2019 at 04:21 PM (#5861644)
I'm sure there's a happy Husker Du song Minnesota could use.
   23. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: July 13, 2019 at 04:32 PM (#5861647)
For those who don't know, "Go Cubs Go" was written by Steve Goodman. Goodman was diagnosed with Leukemia in his late teens. In 1984, knowing the end was near, Goodman wrote "A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request". Cubs GM Dallas Green called it too depressing, and Goodman wrote the far lamer "Go Cubs Go" to spite him. It's a lame song I agree, but the backstory and the fact that it's Steve ####### Goodman should move it up a few notches.
   24. Master of the Horse Posted: July 13, 2019 at 04:37 PM (#5861648)
19 nails it. And I think Sinatra as an entertainer was fantastic
   25. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 13, 2019 at 05:19 PM (#5861652)
I'm sure there's a happy Husker Du song Minnesota could use.


The Twins have used The Hold Steady's Twins-centric version of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" in the past during the seventh inning stretch. Here's a link to download the MP3.
   26. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: July 13, 2019 at 05:51 PM (#5861657)
In 1984, knowing the end was near, Goodman wrote "A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request".

He wrote it in 1981. He had some time left, but he knew he wasn't going to live a long life.

A bit more background: Steve Goodman died of leukemia on Sept. 20, 1984. Four days later, the Cubs clinched the NL East, setting up their first postseason appearance since 1945. Goodman, born in 1948, never saw the Cubs play meaningful October ball in his lifetime.

   27. SoSH U at work Posted: July 13, 2019 at 07:02 PM (#5861665)
The Twins have used The Hold Steady's Twins-centric version of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" in the past during the seventh inning stretch. Here's a link to download the MP3.


He also wrote Don't Call Them Twinkies" for the Baseball Project.
   28. Howie Menckel Posted: July 13, 2019 at 07:18 PM (#5861666)
Goodman was scheduled to throw out the first pitch in that 1984 playoff game, too.

it was an unusual life: he knew early on that he wouldn't live too long - but he also knew there was a legit chance he'd hit 30, at least.

A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request is one of my all-time favorite songs (sorry, Dallas Green).

so funny, so poignant, and so true (until very recently):

It's a beautiful day for a funeral, hey Ernie, let's play two!
Somebody go get Jack Brickhouse to come back, and conduct just one more interview
Have the Cubbies run right out into the middle of the field, have Keith Moreland drop a routine fly
Give everybody two bags of peanuts and a frosty malt and I'll be ready to die
   29. Captain Supporter Posted: July 13, 2019 at 08:20 PM (#5861674)
"New York, New York" is #1 if for no other reason than Sinatra had more talent than all the rest of the other singers combined.

Edit: Tony Bennett fans can make a decent rebuttal. Prince and Hendrix deserve respect, and I Love L.A. does fit pretty well. However, the Beatles version of Kansas City is pretty lame
   30. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: July 13, 2019 at 08:32 PM (#5861675)
The Pirates have a new victory song? I thought the extremely 90s-rock Toad-The-Wet-Sprocket-esque "A New Pirate Generation" would last forever.
   31. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 13, 2019 at 09:03 PM (#5861679)
the Beatles version of Kansas City is pretty lame

Yeah, you wonder what they were thinking of** when they passed over the original Wilbert Harrison version.

** Not that anyone can't figure it out.
   32. JJ1986 Posted: July 13, 2019 at 09:07 PM (#5861680)
"New York, New York" is #1 if for no other reason than Sinatra had more talent than all the rest of the other singers combined.

Edit: Tony Bennett fans can make a decent rebuttal.
Are you 90?
   33. Omineca Greg Posted: July 13, 2019 at 09:43 PM (#5861692)
However, the Beatles version of Kansas City is pretty lame

I dunno, I don't think there's a definitive version of that song. Little Richard normally would own it, but his version isn't really any better than the Beatles. Don't get me wrong, they're both good, but I can imagine better, and there's so many times with both Penniman and the Beatles, I can't even imagine better versions of the songs they do, they're that good. Wilbert Harrison was a really good performer too, and I guess that's probably the best version, but if I were in charge, I'd go with the original, Little Willie Littlefield.

Why? I hear you ask...

Actually I'm sure no one gives a ####, but I'm going to tell you anyway. Little Willie's version had the title "K.C. Loving" (rest assured, Leiber and Stoller were getting royalties on all these versions) and the lyrics emphasise the libidinous nature of the KC area. You KCers, don't pretend you're not like that, your hero is George Brett...'nuff said.

Anyway, Little Willie recorded "K.C. Loving" in '52, so it's not nasty and explicit or anything, but it's the only version to have these lyrics...

I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come
I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come
They gotta crazy way of loving there
And I'm going to get me some


That is one of the greatest rock 'n roll quatrains ever written! All subsequent performers chickened out and didn't do those lyrics. With the multiple orgasms, the super freaks, the "getting some". That's the 1952 version of hard-core porn, and yet the whole family can sing along. Brilliant. And in today's day and age, it's very inclusive, who is to say which ways of loving are "crazy", but whoever you choose to love, and how you choose to love them...it's OK...in Kansas City, anyway.

I'd totally do that. Having a stadium full of people singing that, it would crack me up.

YMMV...as the kids say.
   34. Captain Supporter Posted: July 14, 2019 at 10:55 AM (#5861744)
Are you 90?

Nope, but I happen to appreciate music (and baseball) from all different eras.

In any case, Sinatra (and Billie Holiday, who unfortunately doesn't have a baseball theme song) remains popular to the present day as the following article remains very clear: https://www.thenation.com/article/who-loves-you/
   35. Captain Supporter Posted: July 14, 2019 at 10:59 AM (#5861745)
Actually I'm sure no one gives a ####, but I'm going to tell you anyway. Little Willie's version had the title "K.C. Loving" (rest assured, Leiber and Stoller were getting royalties on all these versions) and the lyrics emphasise the libidinous nature of the KC area. You KCers, don't pretend you're not like that, your hero is George Brett...'nuff said.

Anyway, Little Willie recorded "K.C. Loving" in '52, so it's not nasty and explicit or anything, but it's the only version to have these lyrics...

I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come
I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come
They gotta crazy way of loving there
And I'm going to get me some



That is one of the greatest rock 'n roll quatrains ever written! All subsequent performers chickened out and didn't do those lyrics. With the multiple orgasms, the super freaks, the "getting some". That's the 1952 version of hard-core porn, and yet the whole family can sing along. Brilliant. And in today's day and age, it's very inclusive, who is to say which ways of loving are "crazy", but whoever you choose to love, and how you choose to love them...it's OK...in Kansas City, anyway.


Greg, check out the David Bromberg version (recorded in 1974) if you want to hear some lyric inversion ;-) Its also a pretty good rendition, although not one that I can imagine being sung in ballparks.
   36. Baldrick Posted: July 14, 2019 at 01:52 PM (#5861774)
"New York, New York" is #1 if for no other reason than Sinatra had more talent than all the rest of the other singers combined.

Um.
   37. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: July 14, 2019 at 02:24 PM (#5861779)
Nope, but I happen to appreciate music (and baseball) from all different eras.

Obviously you don't appreciate music at all if you consider that stylist to be some wild talent.
   38. DavidFoss Posted: July 14, 2019 at 02:39 PM (#5861786)
I'm sure there's a happy Husker Du song Minnesota could use.

They did cover the Mary Tyler Moore theme as a B-side once.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks0to2QuJtM

She’s one of the few non-Twins with a statue downtown.

Let’s Go Crazy is a great choice, but I couldn’t resist the request for a happy Husker Du song with a civic connection.
   39. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: July 14, 2019 at 04:21 PM (#5861808)
They did cover the Mary Tyler Moore theme as a B-side once.

written by Sonny Curtis, who also wrote "I Fought the Law"
   40. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 14, 2019 at 05:48 PM (#5861821)
However, the Beatles version of Kansas City is pretty lame


I dunno, I don't think there's a definitive version of that song. Little Richard normally would own it, but his version isn't really any better than the Beatles. Don't get me wrong, they're both good, but I can imagine better, and there's so many times with both Penniman and the Beatles, I can't even imagine better versions of the songs they do, they're that good. Wilbert Harrison was a really good performer too, and I guess that's probably the best version, but if I were in charge, I'd go with the original, Little Willie Littlefield.

Why? I hear you ask...

Actually I'm sure no one gives a ####, but I'm going to tell you anyway. Little Willie's version had the title "K.C. Loving" (rest assured, Leiber and Stoller were getting royalties on all these versions) and the lyrics emphasise the libidinous nature of the KC area. You KCers, don't pretend you're not like that, your hero is George Brett...'nuff said.

Anyway, Little Willie recorded "K.C. Loving" in '52, so it's not nasty and explicit or anything, but it's the only version to have these lyrics...

I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come
I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come
They gotta crazy way of loving there
And I'm going to get me some


Never heard the Little Willie Littlefield version of "K.C. Loving" before, but now that I have, you've convinced me that it's the best.

But not because of those lyrics you quoted. Instead, it was because of the other part that Wilbert Harrison left out:
'I'm going to pack my clothes,
leave at the crack of dawn.

'I'm going to pack my clothes,
leave at the crack of dawn.

My old lady will be sleeping
and she won't know where I've gone.'

And that's probably the reason that Little Willie's version was confined to the "race music" charts while Wilbert Harrison's version made it onto the Dick Clark Show. Little Willie's version wouldn't have made it there even if that show had been around seven years earlier, and obviously in this age of tender sensibilities no team's going to have a theme song with those "old lady" lyrics, but it's still ridiculous that the Royals chose the Beatles' version over Harrison's.
   41. Captain Supporter Posted: July 14, 2019 at 07:25 PM (#5861841)
Obviously you don't appreciate music at all if you consider that stylist to be some wild talent.


'That stylist' is Frank Sinatra. Ignorance is no excuse.
   42. Howie Menckel Posted: July 14, 2019 at 07:26 PM (#5861842)
I'm going to pack my clothes,
leave at the crack of dawn.

I recall a Lothario in my college days (not me!) of whom it was often said, "Even the crack of dawn isn't safe around him."
   43. Omineca Greg Posted: July 14, 2019 at 08:08 PM (#5861853)
Greg, check out the David Bromberg version...

Thanks, I'd never heard that before. I liked it, quite agreeably scruffy.

I went and listened to a whole bunch of versions of "Kansas City". Lots of good ones out there, I'm not sure if I heard one that stood heads and shoulders above the rest though.

Jimmy Witherspoon does one with the "crazy way of loving"/"gonna get me some" lyric, plus a verse the other ones don't seem to have...

Keep your hands off of her, don’t belong to you
Keep your hands off of her, don't belong to you
She's mine, all mine, no matter what she do


Actually, I'll just link it: Jimmy Witherspoon. Witherspoon's version has a distinct rhythmic feel, and whoever did the slide show did a good job, lots of great shots of KC back in the day, including one of Kansas City Municipal Stadium.

Ann-Margret has a version; it's too bad because the Marty Paich arrangement is beautiful, but the subtle West Coast jazz feeling he was going for doesn't match the singer's sensibility at all, which is over the top, and sounds like she's working a little too hard at sounding American. It's from 1961, before she was famous as an actress; it's not a vanity project, but more of a career detour on her way to stardom.

Joe Williams does a great version, but you know what? Joe Williams was always great!

There's a video of a very young Graham Parker singing it backed by the Rumour in '77. It has a punky, sneering vibe to it, it's the ending to the show so it's a rave-up.

Little Richard added in the "Hey Hey Hey Hey!" part, it wasn't in the original song, so sometimes you get it, sometimes you don't.

Albert King's version of "KC" on the "Born Under a Bad Sign" album is just OK, but there's a live version that's remarkable; he cuts out all the repetition in the lyrics, because he's apparently in a huge rush to finish singing and play a blistering 2 minute guitar solo. Then he does another quick run through of two verses, and goes back to the guitar solo, right where he left off. Seven minute take, and he manages to get all the singing done in less than 90 seconds. If you like blues guitar, check out Albert King's version of Kansas City.
   44. Esoteric Posted: July 14, 2019 at 09:20 PM (#5861863)
but it's still ridiculous that the Royals chose the Beatles' version over Harrison's.
There's more to this than you might realize. Back when The Beatles were HUGE, in the throngs of 1964 Beatlemania, they scheduled their big post-A Hard Day's Night American tour. BUt one city they didn't book was Kansas City, MO. Charlie Finley (then the owner of the Kansas City Athletics), responded to the local outcry by publicly promising that he would bring The Beatles to Kansas City, which he in fact did on September 17th, by going directly to Brian Epstein and promising them a crapton of money. They cancelled their day off and played at the ballfield and for the occasion they decided to whip out an old song from their Hamburg days that they hadn't played for four years: "Kansas City"/"Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey." It went over so well with the crowd AND the band -- one of their rare good tour experiences during the Beatlemania era** -- that they decided to record it for their next album a month later, Beatles For Sale. And it's a killer version, frankly.

Anyway, that's why the song has special meaning for a Kansas City baseball team, and not just the city itself. The More You Know!

**Ironically, one of the reasons the band enjoyed the show is because it wasn't a sellout show, so they could actually hear themselves play for once.
   45. Meatwad Posted: July 15, 2019 at 01:04 AM (#5861879)
Eso, seems like as good of a reason as any to use that version.
   46. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: July 15, 2019 at 02:33 AM (#5861881)
**Ironically, one of the reasons the band enjoyed the show is because it wasn't a sellout show


So do you think there are a bunch of loser baby boomers who have been saying to themselves for 55 years..."man, I could've see the Beatles live but decided to stay home and do nothing instead"

And who is the goon above who keeps stating that Sinatra had more talent then the Beatles, Prince and the rest of the other notable musicians?

Also, I think most of those are great picks, though have to lean toward Hendrix and Fire for my favourite. I do like me some Hendrix.
   47. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 15, 2019 at 02:40 AM (#5861882)
And it's a killer version, frankly.


That's kind of what I've been thinking all through this thread. Look, if you want to say that the Wilbert Harrison or Little Richard version is better, be my guest. They're all great. But while it's quite not up there with "Twist and Shout" or "Rock and Roll Music" in the Beatles' pantheon of cover versions, it's certainly not "lame".
   48. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 15, 2019 at 08:13 AM (#5861889)
but it's still ridiculous that the Royals chose the Beatles' version over Harrison's.

There's more to this than you might realize. Back when The Beatles were HUGE, in the throngs of 1964 Beatlemania, they scheduled their big post-A Hard Day's Night American tour. BUt one city they didn't book was Kansas City, MO. Charlie Finley (then the owner of the Kansas City Athletics), responded to the local outcry by publicly promising that he would bring The Beatles to Kansas City, which he in fact did on September 17th, by going directly to Brian Epstein and promising them a crapton of money. They cancelled their day off and played at the ballfield and for the occasion they decided to whip out an old song from their Hamburg days that they hadn't played for four years: "Kansas City"/"Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey." It went over so well with the crowd AND the band -- one of their rare good tour experiences during the Beatlemania era** -- that they decided to record it for their next album a month later, Beatles For Sale. And it's a killer version, frankly.

Anyway, that's why the song has special meaning for a Kansas City baseball team, and not just the city itself. The More You Know!

**Ironically, one of the reasons the band enjoyed the show is because it wasn't a sellout show, so they could actually hear themselves play for once.


Okay, this is one of the reasons to keep coming here. You never know what you might learn. And with that explanation the pick of the Beatles version can be defended, even if I doubt that that story is all that well known among current Royals fans.

   49. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 15, 2019 at 08:54 AM (#5861891)
They do play the Wilbert Harrison version - after losses. It is a little more subdued. The "Hey Hey Hey Hey" has become a victory cry/hastag for Royals fans and it is a livelier version.
   50. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 15, 2019 at 09:31 AM (#5861899)
And thank God that "Sweet Caroline" is relegated to 7th inning stretches. Sappiest. Song. Ever. (Well, maybe tied with "Centerfield".)


It's not even the sappiest song regularly played at baseball games. Yes, I'm looking at you, "God Bless America".
   51. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 15, 2019 at 09:36 AM (#5861900)
27. Pirates: "Burn the House Down" - AJR


Wait, what? I've literally never heard them play this after a game. The Pirates victory song that I know is this one, which certainly has its flaws, but if this guy's going to dump on us, I'd rather he did it for the right thing.
   52. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 15, 2019 at 09:44 AM (#5861901)
I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come
They gotta crazy way of loving there
And I'm going to get me some


I figured they were just talking about barbecue.
   53. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 15, 2019 at 10:09 AM (#5861908)
They do play the Wilbert Harrison version - after losses. It is a little more subdued. The "Hey Hey Hey Hey" has become a victory cry/hastag for Royals fans and it is a livelier version.

So the Beatles are KC's Sinatra and Harrison is their Liza Minnelli. Luckily for Liza she was still around to veto the idea of being associated with losing, but poor Wilbert died 25 years ago and didn't get to object.
   54. Baldrick Posted: July 15, 2019 at 10:35 AM (#5861912)
Wait, what? I've literally never heard them play this after a game. The Pirates victory song that I know is this one, which certainly has its flaws, but if this guy's going to dump on us, I'd rather he did it for the right thing.

One note: We received these reports directly from the teams, so while some fans might disagree, this is the official list.
   55. Dromedary pretzels, only half a dinar (CoB). Posted: July 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM (#5861918)

It's not even the sappiest song regularly played at baseball games. Yes, I'm looking at you, "God Bless America".


Especially the Kate Smith version they used to play, which was as gassy and as welcome as a fart in church.
   56. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 15, 2019 at 11:11 AM (#5861922)
Little Richard added in the "Hey Hey Hey Hey!" part, it wasn't in the original song, so sometimes you get it, sometimes you don't.


"Hey Hey Hey Hey!" was originally a whole nother Little Richard song (it was the B side to "Good Golly Miss Molly"). When Richard started doing "Kansas City" in concert, he included "Hey Hey Hey Hey!" with it as a medley. The Beatles toured with Richard in 1962, and that's how they learned the song.
   57. Esoteric Posted: July 15, 2019 at 11:21 AM (#5861929)
McCartney famously learned to do his (quite amazing) Little Richard impression from Mr. Penniman himself.

I gotta say, while I am quite the Beatles fanatic (yes, There's A Podcast For That: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/national-review-2/political-beats/e/55246610), I really do think their version of the KC/HHHH medley is a banger. Those backing vocals alone at the end ("bye bye, bye bye, bye bye/so long, so long, so long") are worth the price of admission.
   58. Dromedary pretzels, only half a dinar (CoB). Posted: July 15, 2019 at 11:42 AM (#5861935)
The Beatles toured with Richard in 1962, and that's how they learned the song.


Huh, never knew that.

That makes (at least) two performers/groups in this list associated with Little Richard, since Jimi Hendrix also toured with Little Richard, literally. As part of his backing band:

Hendrix was a off-and-on member of Richard's backup band, the Upsetters between late 1964–January 1965 until June–July 1965


Hendrix had started playing live dates with Little Richard earlier in 1965, under the name Maurice James. He made a mark, as the rock pioneer later admitted in an interview with VH1 Legends.“On the stage he would actually take the show. People would scream and I thought they were screaming for me. I look over and they’re screaming for Jimi! So I had to darken the lights. He’d be playing the guitar with his teeth.”
   59. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 15, 2019 at 11:56 AM (#5861938)
One note: We received these reports directly from the teams, so while some fans might disagree, this is the official list.


Still makes me curious where and when they do play it, since it apparently isn't at the stadium after games.
   60. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 15, 2019 at 12:02 PM (#5861941)
Still makes me curious where and when they do play it, since it apparently isn't at the stadium after games.


Then again, maybe they do play it at some point, and it's so ####### bland that I just never noticed?
   61. Lassus Posted: July 15, 2019 at 12:33 PM (#5861974)
I'm sure there's a happy Husker Du song Minnesota could use.

"Celebrated Summer"


Regarding this Sinatra thing, I don't particular like Sinatra personally as a human being or a shtick or really not even the micro-style/mood he inhabits within the larger overall ballad/crooner style. But to deny that he's one of - if not THE - most talented singer on the on the list is really kind of pushing it.

Now granted, it's a STYLE. You can hate the style. But when defining the voice as an instrument, his instrument was exceptional.


Saw Presidents in the 90s - great band.
   62. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 15, 2019 at 12:57 PM (#5862001)
I'm sure there's a happy Husker Du song Minnesota could use.

"Celebrated Summer"


One of the most intense guitar solos I've ever heard.
   63. Blastin Posted: July 15, 2019 at 01:09 PM (#5862006)
New York New York is terrible.


But the moment where Sinatra lets out what can only be described as a drunken belch before the last refrain (aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa if I can make it there) is pretty fun to emulate while leaving a game. My friend and I try to be out of the stadium before the belch.
   64. Swoboda is freedom Posted: July 15, 2019 at 01:20 PM (#5862009)
"New York, New York" is #1 if for no other reason than Sinatra had more talent than all the rest of the other singers combined.


Not at the time he recorded it. Sinatra had a great voice and style, but never wrote any of his own material, (I love "Wee Small Hours") but that song was from 1979, and he really wasn't as good then. I don't think the song is that great either.
   65. BrianBrianson Posted: July 15, 2019 at 02:50 PM (#5862031)
Jeez, the amount of insecurity showed by New Yorkers in this thread is astounding. Like, New York is probably the most important city on Earth. Don't sweat it that the song New York, New York, ain't that interesting.
   66. Zonk, your King of All that Is Real Posted: July 15, 2019 at 02:55 PM (#5862034)
I suppose I feel the same way about Goodman's Go Cubs Go.... I know/knew the history. I love Steve Goodman. I think the song is eminently sing-songy.

As a musical piece? I won't defend it's inherent aesthetics over others.

As a Cubs fan? I say keep it forever and it should top the list.

Consider it a bit of a descendant to old blues or folk tunes that just hit a sweet spot.
   67. johnseal Posted: July 15, 2019 at 03:17 PM (#5862041)
A humble suggestion for the Mets: New York Groove is a terrible, gutless, bland song. Go for something that reflects the grit and grime of the Big Apple, that embraces the Mets' underdog status, and that completely kicks ass...the Brecker Brothers jazz-funk classic East River (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-xMZjxtM9k).

Also, as an A's fan, ranking Celebration so low is ridiculous. It's a fun, bouncy song that makes us all feel happy after a victory. And yes, it has longevity...
   68. Zonk, your King of All that Is Real Posted: July 15, 2019 at 03:27 PM (#5862043)
Ace is back and I told you so!
   69. GregD Posted: July 15, 2019 at 03:35 PM (#5862045)
Also, as an A's fan, ranking Celebration so low is ridiculous. It's a fun, bouncy song that makes us all feel happy after a victory. And yes, it has longevity...
sure but they’re jersey guys. If you want a song of that era why not Pointer Sisters, who are from Oakland? I’m so Excited or even Automatic would work.

But generally the As are doing a good job gesturing to Oakland pride so I’m not against celebration just think it’s a missed opportunity
   70. Zonk, your King of All that Is Real Posted: July 15, 2019 at 03:44 PM (#5862048)
Technically, in my mind at least.... the Cubs "song" will always be Van Halen's Jump.

Whatever WGN produced in 1984 had the idea "Hey... how Eddie Van Halen... playing a synthesizer!" just absolutely nailed it.
   71. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 15, 2019 at 04:37 PM (#5862057)
why not Pointer Sisters, who are from Oakland?
"U Can't Touch This" seems like a no-brainer. Hell, you could probably put MC Hammer on retainer to perform it live after home wins - not like he's doing much else these days.
   72. SoSH U at work Posted: July 15, 2019 at 04:59 PM (#5862059)
"Celebrated Summer"

See, that should just be one of many songs the Twins employ over the course of the season. Celebrated Summer is a good one to play when the Twins are having a year like this one.

Also:

After all walkoff wins: Let's Go Crazy

After a tough loss: Stay Positive

During a rain delay: Waiting for the Sun

When they've won the final game of a homestand: Sometime to Return

After a cheap opposition homer on a blustery day: Blowin' in the Wind

When an opponent's baserunner is taking a big lead: I Will Dare

On a long home run to left by the home team: Positively 4th Street.

When they've won to pull just shy of their 60th victory on the season: 59 Times the Pain

After splitting a doubleheader: Unsatisfied

Another a win when they've bounced back from a slow start to the season to get into playoff contention: How a Resurrection Really Feels

   73. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 15, 2019 at 04:59 PM (#5862060)
Technically, in my mind at least.... the Cubs "song" will always be Van Halen's Jump.


If you were six or eight years older, you'd think of the Cubs song as being "Hey Hey, Holy Mackerel."
   74. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 15, 2019 at 05:08 PM (#5862062)
the Brecker Brothers jazz-funk classic East River (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-xMZjxtM9k)


Never heard that one before, but yeah, that's darn good.
   75. Zonk, your King of All that Is Real Posted: July 15, 2019 at 05:44 PM (#5862070)
If you were six or eight years older, you'd think of the Cubs song as being "Hey Hey, Holy Mackerel."


I've actually got that single among my Cubs memorabilia.
   76. GregD Posted: July 15, 2019 at 05:52 PM (#5862072)


“U Can't Touch This" seems like a no-brainer. Hell, you could probably put MC Hammer on retainer to perform it live after home wins - not like he's doing much else these days.
it is used at different in game moments as also is 2 Legit 2 Quit.
   77. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 15, 2019 at 06:03 PM (#5862078)
See, that should just be one of many songs the Twins employ over the course of the season. Celebrated Summer is a good one to play when the Twins are having a year like this one.

Also:

After all walkoff wins: Let's Go Crazy

After a tough loss: Stay Positive
After a few consecutive losses: "Frustrated, Incorporated"

After a few more consecutive losses: "Runaway Train"

   78. Omineca Greg Posted: July 15, 2019 at 07:51 PM (#5862101)
"Hey Hey Hey Hey!" was originally a whole nother Little Richard song (it was the B side to "Good Golly Miss Molly"). When Richard started doing "Kansas City" in concert, he included "Hey Hey Hey Hey!" with it as a medley.


Oh, it looks like it's time for some Little Richard pedantry! You might find this really boring, or really interesting, or maybe just pointless, but I was very much hoping a Beatles for Sale flame war had started while I was at work, but you guys continue to let me down.

Little Richard recorded two versions of "Kansas City" in late 1955.

The first one, September 13 (hey, you can stop reading anytime, nobody's forcing you), stuck quite close to the orginal, Little Richard was looking for crazy loving just like Little Willie, and it had no "Hey Hey Hey Hey" ####### about. Here it is. I guess nobody really liked it because it sat in the can a long time, until 1970, first seeing light on the Well Alright! album. First appearance of "Bama Lama Bama Loo" on an LP. Good stuff.

The second try at "Kansas City" by Little Richard was in November '55. It's the more known version.. You can hear that he's really done a lot to the song, but, and this is the pedantic part, he wasn't claiming it was a medley or a new song. See! Leiber...Stoller...No Penniman. So it sat in the can until The Fabulous Little Richard album, late 1958.

Between November '55 (when "Kansas City" was recorded) and October '58 (when it was released), Little Richard expanded the ideas he had put into his second version of "Kansas City" and recorded a new song, "Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey" and it was released in January 58 (as the flip to "Good Golly Miss Molly"), so despite being recorded later, "Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey" was known to the public 10 months earlier, which ##### up people's timeline.

OK, so the Beatles do their version, and being the "WHOOOOOOOOO" Little Richard fans that they were, did his version (remember, as the first one was unknown to the public until 1970, they of course did the reworked second one). And Little Richard said "WHOOOOOOOO, pay me for my work!" and the Beatles, being upstanding citizens (not like some people) did.
   79. Lassus Posted: July 16, 2019 at 12:16 AM (#5862157)
A humble suggestion for the Mets: New York Groove is a terrible, gutless, bland song. Go for something that reflects the grit and grime of the Big Apple, that embraces the Mets' underdog status, and that completely kicks ass...the Brecker Brothers jazz-funk classic East River

Meh. Not really my thing. I'd go with the song with the most famous lyric about Queens in the history of the written word:
Sitting here in Queens
Eating refried beans
We're in all the magazines
Gulpin' down Thorazines

We ain't got no friends
Our troubles never end
No Christmas cards to send
Daddy likes men


Of course, you could also go with a more family friendly New York City by Joey Ramone.
   80. Zach Posted: July 16, 2019 at 02:03 AM (#5862163)
I could see objecting to some Beatles song that gets endless radio play, but Kansas City sounds more like their pre-Epstein repertoire. I vote for overlooked gem.
   81. Zach Posted: July 16, 2019 at 02:04 AM (#5862164)
   82. Swoboda is freedom Posted: July 16, 2019 at 05:34 AM (#5862167)
You would thing the Mets would use the Ramones. Blitzkrieg Bop.
   83. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 16, 2019 at 01:22 PM (#5862273)
Except Johnny Ramone was a Yankees fan. Not that that should stop the Mets from using it.

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