The Canucks have scored eight goals over the past two games, meaning you have had eight chances to notice that the team has been rocking a brand-new goal song for the past week (and it would have been more if they hadn’t been shut out by the Rangers — the song was supposed to debut last Tuesday).

Since 2009-10, DJ Dave has been spinning Green Day’s Holiday at each goal, a song that’s passable, but has nowhere near the memorability of something like Chicago’s obnoxiously sing-songy “Chelsea Dagger”. That song was so successful that it caused NHL organizations to rethink what the goal song was for. No, it’s not just something to play after goals — it should invigorate and involve the crowd, and if it could infuriate the visitors as well, hey, that’d be great.

I’ve always secretly wished that a team would adopt Parliament’s Unfunky UFO. Imagine if every goal was followed by a funk breakdown of the highest order:.

But, sadly, hockey fans don’t got the funk.

If part of the plan is to annoy the other team, the Canucks could have gone with Loudon Wainwright’s “Unrequited to the Nth Degree”, just for the heckling refrain:

But they didn’t, maybe because folk songs, like funk songs, don’t make for good hockey arena music.

Instead, the team will now be spinning Clutch’s “Electric Worry”, which goes a little something like this:

Bang bang bang bang, vaminos, vaminos. Come to think of it, you could sing the Wainwright refrain over this chorus perfectly.

What do you think, Canuck fans? No doubt it’s going to annoy visiting teams, especially if DJ Dave turns it up nice and loud. But does it annoy you too? Can you hear and enjoy that refrain a hundred more times this season? Would something else have been better?

Edit: apparently, this song was also used in the ad for Left 4 Dead 2. The Canucks and the zombie apocalypse, huh? That reminds me…

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37 comments

  1. Cam Charron
    October 25, 2011

    For 200+ goals at home I’ll listen to Celine Dion.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      October 25, 2011

      Ha. You got me there. Fixed.

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  2. Hips
    October 25, 2011

    Im hoping that an NHL team will choose Boney M’s Rasputin as a goal song. There would be so much awesome.

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    • tj
      October 25, 2011

      I always half-expected Washington to use that song. But then, it would have annoyed the players too, during Ovi’s god-status days…

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  3. JS Topher
    October 25, 2011

    I feel like it’s still missing a little bit. Doesn’t quite pump me up. I’d prefer something with a li’l more bps. And a lot more soul. Either way, I wasn’t a big fan of the “Holiday” so, to me, this is a servicable upgrade!

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  4. Booth
    October 25, 2011

    Simple matter of classical conditioning.. hope the refrain becomes really annoying for the rest of the NHL!

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  5. joe
    October 25, 2011

    i like it

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  6. JDM
    October 25, 2011

    It works great if it’s a slapshot. When it played after Salo’s goal on Saturday it was perfect. And yeah, I can get behind it as a goal song. Much better than that track the Leafs are using now (actually, I’ve heard 3 or 4 teams use it).

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  7. J21
    October 25, 2011

    I’m not even a Green Day fan, but I thought “Holiday” really worked — especially that it was cued up to the guitar solo. Disappointed they’ve changed it.

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  8. SteveB
    October 25, 2011

    Thank you for not posting Rick Astley.
    We’ve all heard too ‘Never Give You Up’ far too many times.

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  9. John Pettifor
    October 25, 2011

    It is utter perfection. I am a little biased as I am a huge Clutch fan but I was at the game on Saturday and it got the crowd roaring every time. The point of a good goal song is something that the whole crowd can sing along with as well really rubbing salt in the wound, on that point this song fits the bill perfectly.

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  10. CW
    October 25, 2011

    Clutch is awesome. Great song. Now to change the intro music and get rid of DJ Dave and his horrible musical selections.

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  11. Siri
    October 25, 2011

    I gotta say I kinda dig it.

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  12. The Bookie
    October 25, 2011

    I long ago gave up any hope that I will ever see eye-to-eye with most fans on the goal song. I think my tastes just run in a different direction.

    Personally I like this version of Wonderful World

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  13. Eric Blacha
    October 25, 2011

    Yes. I wanted this as our goal song, suggested it a few times. I’m a clutch fan, so I’m biased.

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    • mel
      October 25, 2011

      I agree! Clutch is great. As well, how fitting is the “Vamenos” Vamenos! Having hispanic in my family, it’s great to have an expression of “hurry” or “get a move on”. Pair that with bang bang bang and a great guitar, it’s hockey!

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  14. jim
    October 25, 2011

    This Clutch song was suggested on CDC a few years ago – it got lots of support, and DJ Dave (who posts there) acknowledged it. He said he’d make an edit of it and try it out eventually – it appears as it that’s what has been done.

    Personally, I like it. It’s an upgrade IMHO.

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  15. peanutflower
    October 25, 2011

    That’s a great song! But I have to ask if anyone actually hears the song on a TV broadcast. I sure didn’t. I’ll go back and have a look at Sami’s goal, but nothing made an impression on me. But then again, I’m not sure I could even tell you what the previous goal song was. I just want the goals.

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  16. Sach
    October 25, 2011

    I thought it was annoying at first but after a few games I now love it :D

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  17. Scott McKenzie
    October 25, 2011

    Can’t be worse than the time I sat at a Vancouver Ravens’ game while they played Limp Bizkit’s Rollin (not even the rap remix) for each of the Ravens’ 21 goals that game.

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  18. tj
    October 25, 2011

    If given a choice, I’d choose Green Day over this. I like a good bass-line/drum-kick, so really, I’d be more up for the PFunk. This new option does not get me revved, and it will start to annoy me like the bad song loop in my head. Because really, the goal is to have the song looping through your mind after a game, too. Not sure I want this one there. Too roots-rock to be Vancouver. But at least it’s not Nickleback.

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  19. ali
    October 25, 2011

    how about Blur “song 2″. the fans already do that dumb rick flair “wooooo” after a goal, so this would only be a simple modification. easy to learn. and irritating for opponents for sure.

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    • mel
      October 25, 2011

      We had that about 10 years ago………..time to move on. Clutch is perfect; relevant, new, and some some bad club remix

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  20. Stinky-Kitty
    October 25, 2011

    OMG…I’d rather listen to Barry Manilow!!!!

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  21. mel
    October 25, 2011

    I think the song is perfect……..bout time we had some rock and roll!

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  22. Nlee
    October 25, 2011

    I like it. It’s unique, different. And lively.

    Does sound like it would have some annyance potential too.

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  23. j
    October 25, 2011

    yer in a Clutch town dude. deal with it.

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  24. Jim
    October 25, 2011

    Like it. Now, if only they could change the sleep-inducing U2 at the beginning…

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  25. Michdog
    October 26, 2011

    Who cares…Song or no song…Hockey rules and people from Santa Monica do not!

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  26. Timmmy
    October 26, 2011

    Love it, some good rock ‘n’ roll right there. You’d need to cut and paste a bit to get the right impact, and of course bloody loud. BUt I think it has great potential.

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  27. steve
    October 26, 2011

    Much better than Holiday, and the song used at the beginning of the year (which the Leafs also used) no one wants the leafs goal song.

    This really pumps the crowd

    U2 has got to go though. that’s outdated….

    Dave also has to SERIOUSLY change up the playlist at the game.

    “Allow me to reintroduce myself…”

    WE KNOW WHO THE CANUCKS ARE…freaking play something else….

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  28. jyrki lumme
    October 26, 2011

    I like – much better than GD and I think it’ll definitely get under our opponents’ skin a la Dagger. The lead singer of Clutch is quoted as saying the imagery associated with the song chorus is “kinda like a motivational speaker slapping himself out of a stupor”. That metaphor and explanation are, of course, certainly quite apropos for a song celebrating goals, wouldn’t you say?

    That said, when I think of motivational speakers, I can’t help but remember our ol’ pal Matt Foley too. So, to extend the theme, maybe the Nux need to bring up some Foley on the Jumbotron to get the crowd and team pumped, as required during the game, lest they find themselves in the proverbial “van down by the Fraser” at the end of the night.

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  29. Nlee
    October 26, 2011

    But will we ever get to hear it??? *weeps* *dives off bandwagon*

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  30. SteveB
    October 27, 2011

    It sure is annoying not hearing it after getting shut out twice at home now.

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  31. Kate Fullerton
    October 27, 2011

    i think i can come to like the new goal song, but seriously……..WHERE IS PART 3 OF ZOMBIE APOCOLYPSE!!!!!

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  32. kayfray
    November 1, 2011

    As far as the music at GM place has gone I’ll let Fry speak for me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwIETDPZsTA
    Solid choice for a goal song I think

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  33. Dante
    November 7, 2011

    Here is a good song for a game-winning goal: “IT’S OVER BABY!” by Sum of Squares

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