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Thursday, April 17, 2014

George Brett, Inspiration for the Song “Royals”, Meets Lorde

Last year [the New Zealand pop singer Lorde] told VHI that she saw a photo in National Geographic “of this dude just signing baseballs. He was a baseball player and his shirt said, ‘Royals.’ It was just that word. It’s really cool.”

My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: April 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM | 29 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: April 17, 2014 at 11:46 AM (#4687746)
They apparently met in Vegas. I hope George didn't have crab legs at the Mirage this time.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2014 at 11:46 AM (#4687749)
They have really driven this story into the ground. There have been a half-dozen times a news story about the Royals-Lorde thing has come up. Enough already.
   3. GGC for Sale Posted: April 17, 2014 at 11:51 AM (#4687755)
I heard this song over the weekend. The centaur line makes me suspect the writer is a Primate.

I see centaur jokes from time to time here, but feel that I missed the original reference. Also, is the Arod centaur connection well known outside of BTF?
   4. Greg K Posted: April 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM (#4687766)
They have really driven this story into the ground. There have been a half-dozen times a news story about the Royals-Lorde thing has come up. Enough already.

This is the first I've heard of it, so I for one am mildly pleased it got posted here.

EDIT: I always assumed the "royals" in the song referred to the royal family (and to a larger extent people who are born into wealth)...though I suppose it probably still does, Brett's jersey just set it all off.

I see centaur jokes from time to time here, but feel that I missed the original reference. Also, is the Arod centaur connection well known outside of BTF?

I believe it is. The original reference is the fact (rumour?) that A-Rod has a painting of himself as a centaur in his bedroom.
   5. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: April 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM (#4687767)
I see centaur jokes from time to time here, but feel that I missed the original reference. Also, is the Arod centaur connection well known outside of BTF?

A news story that circulated in 2009 reported that an unnamed former girlfriend claimed A-Rod had commissioned two portraits of himself as a centaur and hung them in his house.

The story got spread around quite a bit at the time and I think it is fairly well-known outside BTF circles. For instance, there was a linked article earlier this year in which Chelsea Handler cited the centaur story as one of her reasons for disliking A-Rod. As far as I know she's not a Primate.

I never seen any indication that the Baseball Project members hang out here, but it would be very cool if they did.
   6. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: April 17, 2014 at 12:32 PM (#4687808)
OK, so the A-Rod thing is still an unconfirmed rumor. But Ivan Rodriguez really has a statue of himself, right?
   7. gef the talking mongoose Posted: April 17, 2014 at 12:45 PM (#4687825)
But Ivan Rodriguez really has a statue of himself, right?


As a centaur?

Definitely.

Hell, doesn't everybody?

(Except for that la-di-da fancy putting-on-airs Canadian primate with the fox painting of himself.)
   8. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM (#4687840)
I whinny every time I trot around the bases at my softball games.
   9. esseff Posted: April 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM (#4687843)
National Geographic?
   10. Greg K Posted: April 17, 2014 at 01:01 PM (#4687848)
National Geographic?

I believe this is the photo she's talking about.

Considering that issue of National Geographic likely came out well before she was born, I wonder where she came across it.
   11. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: April 17, 2014 at 01:04 PM (#4687852)
The real question is whether he told her the joke.
   12. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: April 17, 2014 at 01:06 PM (#4687856)
But Ivan Rodriguez really has a statue of himself, right?


I dunno, but I hear he has a helluva home library.
   13. esseff Posted: April 17, 2014 at 01:23 PM (#4687876)
If it was National Geographic, it's surprising he even had a shirt on.
   14. Urkel's Boner Posted: April 17, 2014 at 01:35 PM (#4687897)
Considering that issue of National Geographic likely came out well before she was born, I wonder where she came across it.


There's piles of old issues of National Geographic to be found in just about every thrift/vintage/junk store. I think because of their book-like bindings with spines people were much more likely to hang onto them than other magazines of the past.
   15. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 17, 2014 at 01:41 PM (#4687905)
Big whoop, one song. These guys named their whole band in honor of George Brett.
   16. madvillain Posted: April 17, 2014 at 01:55 PM (#4687915)
I don't get Lorde, and I'm really into music, like all types, bossanova to hip hop to rockabilly to indie rock to electronic. She just seems boring to me, it's catchy music, but Katy Perry does catchy as well. What makes Lorde more high brow?
   17. zack Posted: April 17, 2014 at 01:58 PM (#4687918)
Considering that issue of National Geographic likely came out well before she was born, I wonder where she came across it.


"her mother, Sonja Yelich, explained to The Kansas City Star how her daughter came across the 37-year-old photo of Brett: Lorde used to collect vintage National Geographics."

It's like, right there in the article, man.
   18. dirk Posted: April 17, 2014 at 02:02 PM (#4687921)

I think I felt a rumble in my guts
I sunk my teeth on crab legs, freshly caught
And I'm not proud of where I left my pants
In the torn up stall, no socks

But everybody's like:
Wet pants
Grey shoes
Tripping in the bathroom
Bloodstains
Bowel groans
Trashing the hotel room

Well I care, I'm in the elevator in my dreams

But everybody's like:
Tee Time
Bath Towel
Straight ####### Water
Elevator
Timb Boots
Sloshing in my jean shorts

I don't care, I left a perfectly tapered double up there
   19. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: April 17, 2014 at 02:07 PM (#4687925)
Primey for #18. Brilliant.
   20. Hal Chase School of Professionalism Posted: April 17, 2014 at 02:08 PM (#4687926)
What makes Lorde more high brow?


Is she considered more highbrow? because that'd make her the Jack Morris of pop singers.
   21. Cabbage Posted: April 17, 2014 at 02:17 PM (#4687935)
You're highbrow once Puddles the clown covers your single.
   22. puck Posted: April 17, 2014 at 02:23 PM (#4687941)
I see centaur jokes from time to time here, but feel that I missed the original reference. Also, is the Arod centaur connection well known outside of BTF?


Here's the Deadspin story, with artist's rendition (NAA). The Deadspin story quotes US Weekly:

"He was so vain," his ex tells Us Weekly. "He had not one, but two painted portraits of himself as a centaur. You know, the half man, half horse figure?"
   23. villageidiom Posted: April 17, 2014 at 04:17 PM (#4688066)
Here's the Deadspin story, with artist's rendition (NAA). The Deadspin story quotes US Weekly:
Go right to the source.
As a centaur?

Definitely.

Hell, doesn't everybody?
He'll give you an answer that you'll endorse.
I whinny every time I trot around the bases at my softball games.
He's always on a steady course.
   24. Manny Coon Posted: April 17, 2014 at 04:52 PM (#4688092)
Is she considered more highbrow? because that'd make her the Jack Morris of pop singers.


Royals made Pitchfork's top singles of 2013 list, if that means anything about being considered highbrow in this case. She also fronted Nirvana recently, along with Kim Gordon, Joan Jett and Annie Clark, who are all pretty well regarded.
   25. Greg K Posted: April 17, 2014 at 04:57 PM (#4688096)
It's like, right there in the article, man.

Well there's wondering, and then there's wondering enough to actually look into the matter!
   26. Walt Davis Posted: April 17, 2014 at 10:16 PM (#4688267)
I can't decide if this meeting is a greater moment in baseball history or in music history.
   27. Greg K Posted: April 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM (#4688286)
I can't decide if this meeting is a greater moment in baseball history or in music history.

But we can all agree it's the greatest moment in New Zealand's history.
   28. Bhaakon Posted: April 18, 2014 at 02:13 AM (#4688314)
But we can all agree it's the greatest moment in New Zealand's history.


I'm pretty sure that it's a distant second to Gollum destroying the One Ring.
   29. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 18, 2014 at 02:25 AM (#4688316)
Wouldn't this be the greatest moment in New Zealand's history?

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