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.