I Find This Video Awesome: The epic new Canucks pregame light show

A couple months ago, we examined the new Canucks’ goal song, “Electric Worry” by Clutch. You might have heard it. It’s the infectious little blues-rock ditty that goes¬†BANG, BANG, BANG, VAMINOS, VAMINOS, after every goal.

Yes, it’s irritating. But any irritation it provides the home fan is mitigated by the fact that it signifies a goal for the home team. The visiting team, on the other hand, cannot be thusly comforted. And that’s the idea.

Anyway, it’s not the only change the Canucks have made to their in-game presentation. Just recently, they also debuted a new pregame light show, and it’s pretty cool. Have a look-see:

The Canucks unveiled this earlier in the month, so maybe you’ve seen it already. But, for those who watch the games on Sportsnet: While Dan Murphy is standing in the zamboni hall saying something or other about tonight’s scratches, this is what’s going on behind him.

It’s pretty awesome.

That is, except for that part when “Where the Streets Have No Name” starts playing. Seriously, can the Canucks get a new intro song yet? I have far stronger opinions on that than I did about Green Day’s “Holiday”, the goal song of yore.

As it turns out, the Canucks adopted Clutch’s “Electric Worry” primarily because the fans suggested it. That in mind, it’s time to start a campaign for a new intro tune. Consider the comments section the suggestion box.

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43 comments

  1. Spencer
    December 14, 2011

    Sorry dude. I love the U2 intro. It’ll probably change in the next year or so, but I get totally pumped when it starts playing.

    It’s probably because AV likes U2 more than Hodgson.

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    • Rituro
      December 14, 2011

      Seconded.

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      • Kate Fullerton
        December 14, 2011

        Thirded? :) love it.

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        • Harrison Mooney
          December 14, 2011

          Fine. I guess I’m the only one who doesn’t. I surrender.

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          • bieksallent in TO
            December 15, 2011

            the canucks need to get a much better pump up song than “where the streets have no name”. get the boys riled up!

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  2. J21
    December 14, 2011

    Count me in, too, for retaining “Where the Streets have no Name,” and I’m not much of a fan of U2 at all. I like that it conveys that drama is building, rather than just being an in-your-face noisefest. The Chicago Bulls always maximized this too with “Sirius” by the Alan Parsons Project. (Not sure if they still do this).

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  3. Sleepy Lewis
    December 14, 2011

    Thanks for posting this. Now that I live in Toronto, who knows if/when I’d ever see it in person, so this video might be the only time I get to see it. No offence to Dan Murphy, but I’d rather watch this.

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  4. Mitsu
    December 14, 2011

    Also a fan of the U2 intro. It builds beautifully into the wail of the horn.

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  5. tj
    December 14, 2011

    I think, given the heartbeat beat in the light show, and the ‘heart of a Canuck’ theme they’re pushing (thanks, rioters, for yet another residual annoyance), they might consider something from this list: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091111150550AApyPsI

    (I’d cut and paste, but it’s a very long list. Hope links are allowed here.)

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  6. tj
    December 14, 2011

    Oh, btw, I’ve experienced this light show, and it feels like something awesome is about to occur. Then they come out, and something awesome sometimes occurs. Not so the night I was there, though. They lost to Nashville, breaking a streak. It seems every time I go to a game, they lose. Meaning, I’m never going to get gifted tickets ever again. Sucks to be me.

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    • Nee
      December 14, 2011

      Yeah, it really makes it feel like you’re attending something special. Great build-up of drama. The projections on the ice are really impressive, and combined with the curtain projection things and the music…it’s pretty rad.

      Also pretty rad? The new layout of this blog. It looks really great.

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  7. SteveB
    December 14, 2011

    I like it!
    It’s quite a bit more kickass than watching Murph reporting the pre-game scratches.

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  8. JMA
    December 14, 2011

    FREAKING. AWESOME.

    Aside: I will foxy-box Harrison to keep the U2 song at the beginning. I get chills every time.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      December 14, 2011

      I don’t foxy-box men. Or women. But if I did, I’d prefer to fight a woman. Less chance I’ll lose. But not zero chance. I’m not strong. And some women are quite strong.

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      • TheWellwoods
        December 14, 2011

        Okay then, I’ll do the honours. I can’t help it… I get the shivers every time they skate out to U2. Put up yer dukes, Mooney!

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        • JMA
          December 14, 2011

          It’s on like Donkey Kong.

          All proceeds go to Canucks for Kids?

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          • Harrison Mooney
            December 14, 2011

            I’m not fighting Morgan unless the fight ends in one of those weird, romantic movie moments where she goes to throw a punch, I grab her wrists, and then we breathe heavily while staring into each other’s eyes.

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            • JMA
              December 14, 2011

              Should be good for ratings at the very least.

              Think of the kids Harrison!

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            • TheWellwoods
              December 14, 2011

              I accept your terms on the condition that I get to pick the soundtrack to our moment. I think it’ll look a little something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA_0tKCtlXA&feature=related

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              • Harrison Mooney
                December 14, 2011

                That is exactly what I envision also! *exchanges meaningful look*

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  9. Ken Johnson
    December 14, 2011

    I like the intro U2 song as well.

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  10. Gord R
    December 14, 2011

    I also absolutely love the Where the Streets Have No Name intro…I grew up with it and it’s just synonymous with Canucks hockey now…if you had to change it, how about “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against the Machine? It’s got a punch with the power chords at the beginning, then a bit of a quieter part where Ashbridge could say “Ladies and Gentlemen, Your Vancouver Canucks!”…just a thought.

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  11. Slatts
    December 14, 2011

    I’m going to the Detroit game next week and I can’t WAIT to see this.

    tj – they won the last two games I went to. Gift me some tickets?

    Harrison, sorry but I side with the Streets-lovers. Sounds like something EPIC is about to happen.

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    • tj
      December 14, 2011

      Ha–Slatts, I fully intend to break my losing streak. Leave me in the net a bit longer; I know I can do it!

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      • Slatts
        December 14, 2011

        tj – Just like AV, I will go with my gut feeling. You’re in.

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  12. natevk
    December 14, 2011

    I was appalled reading of Harrison’s disaffection for the most epic pump-up song in hockey that invokes a plethora of sentimental emotions.

    I am incredibly pleased that other posters share my feelings and I hope the song never goes away.

    Keep “Where the Streets Have no Name” forever!
    (or at least a few more years please…)

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  13. RepubliCameroon
    December 14, 2011

    I’m not a U2 fan by any means, but I’m on the ‘Streets Have no Name’ train. Don’t get me wrong, I love the new pre-game light show, but I didn’t get chills until the old entrance song started playing. Every time it comes on, I can’t help but feel proud. It and the 18,890 towels (in the playoffs) combine for one of the best entrances in the NHL.

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  14. yappylappy
    December 14, 2011

    count me in the pro ‘where the streets have no name” crowd.

    not a big U2 fan in general but the song just fits perfectly, gets me fired up every time.

    love the new light show though.

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  15. peanutflower
    December 14, 2011

    It’s okay. I still love the one from last year the best. I’m on the U2 train too. Sorry.

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  16. Zach Morris
    December 14, 2011

    some starcraft-esque sound effects in there

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  17. Jim
    December 14, 2011

    My vote for intro song goes to Steve Vai-Bad Horsie

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  18. Mallick
    December 14, 2011

    In every new release since NHL 10, I make sure to change the Canucks intro tune to Battle Without Honor or Humanity by Tomoyasu Hotei. I infact once suggested it to DJ Dave and he played it as our intro to a pre-game tilt against the sharks a week later. It was magnificent.

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  19. Nee
    December 14, 2011

    Regarding ‘Streets’:

    Can’t we leave something alone for once? I like that ‘Streets’ has been around for awhile. It’s a nice, mellow song that builds. It’s tradition now. This is an organization that has changed it’s jersey how many times? It’s nice to have something that has been around awhile, and you can point to and say, THAT is the Canucks.

    Hopefully these jerseys stick too…the blue and green is a great reflection of Vancouver. More-so than the god-awful maroon fade of the early 2000′s, at least.

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  20. Zach Morris
    December 14, 2011

    THE LAYOUT IS DIFFERENT.
    NOTHING WILL EVER BE THE SAME

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  21. JS Topher
    December 14, 2011

    I am a U2 fan. And I very much enjoy the song in question. After this past year’s cup run, I find myself with goosebumps everytime I hear it. But, in all honesty, I feel it needs to go. There are plenty of songs out there that “build emotion” and can “give you chills”. The fact is, the “chills” and “emotion” have more to do with the history and experiences we have had as Canucks fans which we have tied to the song, than the actual song itself. Again, I take nothing away from the song nor the band but, just scan the lyrics, and tell me that sounds like a pump up song.
    It really isn’t a pump up song at all, is it? Nor is it a fighting song, a hockey song, a song for war or battle, or even a body checking/shoot the puck song. The first two lines alone make me wonder how anybody feels like playing hockey after hearing them.
    Yes the song pumps me up but, only because I know my Canucks are going to be coming out and playing some amazing (hopefully) home ice hockey like they have for the past few years. Because when I hear that song I think of Game 1 of the SCF when we seemed so damned close to winning that cup after fighting so long. 40 years in the making, it should have been ours. That feeling is engraved in my memory. Music affects your mind and memory in a way most other things can not. Its the same way I love “Steal My Sunshine” by Len; because I had one of the best summers of my life with that song. I had one of the best years of my hockey fandom last year because of “Streets”, and I’m very happy to move on to make another memory.

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    • TheFalconer
      December 14, 2011

      Topher, you had me until you said “Steal My Sunshine”. But I’m glad you had a good summer. Also, they don’t play any of the words – just the buildup organ music, which I’ve been hearing at every Canucks game I’ve ever been to. I still get goosebumps every time it starts up, and if they changed it, though I’m sure I’d like the new one after a while, I’d pine for the days of U2.

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  22. Spencer
    December 15, 2011

    To join the chorus: the Streets intro is where it’s at. Nice to have something long standing with this team, and just try to watch a video of the playoffs entrance last year and not get insane chills. Hell, when I hear it come on on the radio I get chills just because of it’s association with the Canucks.

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    • Rob
      December 15, 2011

      Spencer, I totally agree with you! Everytime I heardthe first few chords on the radio I get the chills. Its a great song to get everybody pumped up, especially when they start blasting the siren. I went to my last game at Rodgers Arena in ’04 and when I saw that intro I got chills then, and I stil get them now.

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  23. J
    December 15, 2011

    I love “Where the streets have no name”. Sends chills down my spine everytime I hear it, it’s awesome. One thing though… I wish they would save it for the playoffs and playoffs only. As much as the song pumps me up and I bet many others as well, I feel it gives an extra gear for fans at Rogers when the beginning notes are heard. Where the streets have no name=playoffs for me. I don’t want the song to become the “norm” and make the intro feel like any other regular season game. Like towel power, I think it should be reserved forth playoffs.

    ..since you guys are bros with Derek Jory, can you convince him to tell dj Dave to save it for playoffs?

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  24. Rob
    December 15, 2011

    I havent been to a Canucks game in Rogers Arena since 2004 and ‘where the streets have no name’ gave me chills then and still to this day when I hear it on the radio or when I watch a game on TV, I remember the feeling I got when I was at that game. That slick guitar intro with the siren blaring gets the crowd at the game and the fans at home pumped. I’m usually for change, change is always good, but this in one thing that should stay. As for the Post Goal song ‘Holiday’ was cool because when heard repeatedly it got really annoying (similar to the Chelsey Dagger in Chicago) so as long as the new goal song gets just as annoying, it’s all good.

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  25. Cody
    December 15, 2011

    Please don’t change where the streets have no name. I swear it’s the only reason I get my girlfriend to watch the games. She loves the CBC broadcast because they tend to play the intro more so she gets to hear that song!

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  26. D
    December 15, 2011

    Yea the song needs to go, no one in my group of friends thinks this a good intro song, was surprised to see so many posts going the other way.

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  27. Justin
    December 18, 2011

    I dunno, my friends and I were talking about this a while back, and it just so happened that Mortal Kombat was replaying on TV…and it got me thinking…if we used the Mortal Kombat Theme Song to bring out the boys, and then during that hook in the song when they say all the characters in the game, we replace them with our own players’ names…I thought it would be pretty syck lyfe

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