Friday on My Mind: Fall Sports Edition

Explosions in the Sky's Friday Night Lights / photo by Brittney Bollay

It’s Friday so it’s time again for Friday on My Mind, our weekly blog post centered around videos based on one common theme. This is a collaborative effort between KEXP and King 5 News. Fall will officially be here in a few weeks, which means that it’s the best time of year for sports. This is the start of NFL and College Football seasons as well as the race to the Baseball playoffs. It’s also a time for us in Seattle to not have to be forced into watching basketball and reminded of the fact that we don’t have a team. As well, the MLS season is winding down and we have great hope for our Sounders.

The 2012 NFL season officially kicked off last week on September 5th a day off from the usual Thursday slot in order to avoid conflict with the President speaking at the Democratic National Convention and obviously his hidden love of the Cowboys. I’m guessing he didn’t want to miss that dreamy Romo work his magic. The Seattle Seahawks did what our teams do best, broke our hearts by missing about 15 chances to win the game against Arizona. I see another 7-9 season coming on. The Mariner’s haven’t been in contention in over a decade, but we did see a bright spot when our hero, Félix Hernández pitched the 23rd perfect game in Major League history this past August, which was the first perfect game in Mariner’s history. It was like those mid-90’s M’s kind of excitement. But the team is better and building so there is hope. The Huskies started with a win and then lost to LSU 500 to 3 or something like that, but there is hope with Price leading the team. The Sounders are poised to make the playoffs and hopeful to get a MLS playoff win and Sonics excitement has been rejuvenated in Seattle with the approval of a new arena for basketball and hockey. So as a sports fan, especially in Seattle, there is a lot to be excited about right now.

Music has always played a part in sporting events. It helps build excitement, keeps the crowd entertained and particular songs can easily brand a team or a player. Here’s our list of favorite sports associated songs.

The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony

If you’ve ever attended a Seahawk game you’ll recognize this as the song that introduces the team as they charge out on to Century Link field. If you’ve ever seen Richard Ashcroft, front man for the Verve, you’ll know he easily could have played tight end. The band, formed in Northern England in 1989 ran into mishap after mishap throughout their history. While Bittersweet Symphony was their biggest hit, it also had its own share of hard luck when the band was sued by ABKCO music for the unauthorized use of a riff from The Rolling Stones’ The Last Time. 100% of the song’s publishing rights have gone back the ABKCO because let’s be honest, the Stones don’t have enough money.

Explosions in the Sky – Your Hand in Mine

The opening song to the best sports show ever to air on TV, Friday Night Lights, Austin’s Explosions in the Sky contributed heavily to the official soundtrack to the film and later the television version of Friday Night Lights. The soundtrack producer for the movie was the same person who worked on The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation. Music played a massive part in the movie and the film and is a great example of how it can be tied to the drama of sports and the drama of Tim Riggins, “where’s the me time Billy?”

Queen – We Are the Champions

This song is considered by many to be one of the most favorite songs in the world. In fact last year a group of scientists and researchers declared that We Are the Champions is the Catchiest Song in the History of Pop Music. It’s this catchiness that over time has made the song a staple anthem of sporting events. We Will Rock You would be a close second.

Honorable Mentions:

Spoon – The Underdog

From the 2007 album Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Spoon’s The Underdog
serves inspiration for all underdogs not just within sports, but everywhere.

Gary Glitter – Rock ‘N’ roll Part 2

This one is used quite a bit as well, but has become somewhat cringe worthy to anyone who has followed the life and times of Gary Glitter. Instead watch Homer Simpson’s rendition.

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