Sunday, January 19, 2014

Hockey Hair and Hockey Songs

What is it about hockey that attracts the types who still like classic rock, heavy metal, the working class, and long hair on dudes?  And I don't at all mean this in a bad way.  It's good.  Very, very good.

I went to a Chicago Blackhawks game on Friday night, and I noticed that during any break in the action the house music would kick in with songs like Bad Company's "Rock and Roll Fantasy" or Billy Squire's "Lonely Is the Night."  What other sport is still utilizing songs such as these?  I like to think I know a little bit about what is good and what isn't in music, and these songs are really stupid in a lot of ways but really enjoyable in most every important way.

(Jeez.  That is just a lousy lip-sync performance.  He doesn't even try to sell it.  Must have been on a bender the night before.)

I also noticed that women going to a hockey game aren't all dolled up like the women in the first few rows at a Lakers game.  Not at all.  Those gals come in there without makeup, wearing a baggy-ass hockey jersey (something few girl can look good in), and they are very invested in the game, not even talking to their boyfriends about anything but hockey.  I went with an old friend who I only see once a year or so, and we were getting looks for talking about things that did not concern the game at hand.

Another break in the action at a critical moment in the game, and we hear REO Speedwagon's "Riding the Storm Out."  I did a blog post a number of years ago about pedaling my bike through an epic storm on the  way home from work to the sounds of that very song.  And yes, I had it on my iPod then and still do.  Sue me.

Hockey is it's own little world.  And it's the only sport in Chicago where the team is playing worth a damn, so I'm trying to get into it a little more.  With feel good songs like these, how can I not get enthused?

And here is this song because I heard it in the bar after the game and it kicks major ass.  Have a very sham-a-lam-a-ding-dong Martin Luther King Day, everyone.


Gorilla Bananas said...

You're talking about ice hockey, right? There's also a sport called field hockey that seems to have been banished from North America. I would guess ice hockey attracts the same type of crowd as a boxing match. However, I might be basing that opinion entirely on the film 'Happy Gilmore'.

David Oliver said...

I don't know about the game but from your description I would like the fans.

Jimmy Fungus said...

Ice Hockey may be a Canadian sport, but if you played Canadian music (like Justin Bieber)... well, that just wouldn't be right. Why doesn't anyone play "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" by John Denver anymore?

HeatherLynn said...

I have some friends that are "blackhawk hockey" fans, and I tell you, they are diehards. I always see their facebook posts about their sport and you can just HEAR the dedication and passion they have. I kinda dig it! Life's too short not to love shit. :)

Personally, I like hockey, we used to play it on our pond when we were kids, we had a gaggle of cousins and we all lived in the neighborhood, so after supper, we'd all get our skates, our sticks and head to the ice. And there was a lot of "roughing"..lots of bruises, lots of trash talking...and you know, it was great fun. Still to this day, when flipping the channels, I'll ALWAYS stop on a good hockey fight if I see one! mullets, old rock, and blood on the a lot of people, that feels like home.


HeatherLynn said...

Oh, and Jimmy Fungus - I know it's not "thank god I'm a country boy", but West Virginia University Football team plays "take me home country roads" by john denver at all of their home games!

Might be time for you to watch "Son-in-Law" the movie, Pauley Shore, driving a combine and a great musical showcase of "Thank God I'm a country boy" there!


Kenneth Noisewater said...

Gorilla: Yes, you would just have to see it. Why don't they play hockey in England? It gets cold enough for ice and countries just to the east love it. How odd . . .

David: Hockey fans are usually pretty cool, and hockey players are the most down-to-earth athletes of all.

Jimmy: I will tell you one Canadian band you could certainly hear at hockey game: RUSH. I have heard "Tom Sawyer" more than a few times before the puck dropped.

Heather: Gosh, it was so good to see you come by my blog. It felt like old times, but then I inadvertently encouraged you to watch a Paulie Shore film. Hey, "Dukes of Hazard" theme just came on my iPod. That would be best played at a rodeo.