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By now, you’ve no doubt heard that our beloved Vancouver Canucks are looking to make a change to the song that scores their journey from the tunnel to the ice at home games (often less cumbersomely described as the “entrance song”). For years, the boys in blue and green have been skating out to the tune of U2′s “Where the Streets Have No Name”, but recently, they announced that they were in the market for a new ditty, and they put it to the fans.
Now, I’m not the biggest U2 fan in the world, but I was happy with “Where the Streets Have No Name”, primarily because I didn’t hate it. Lord knows any move to replace the song ran the risk of swapping it out for something I truly loathed, especially since the sort of music typically used to psych up crowds tends to be fairly vapid (the music of Andrew W.K. a stark exception), and the Venn diagram of music I like and music the average sports fan likes crosses over at “some rap” and that’s pretty much it.
Well, sure enough, the Canucks have announced six finalists, and my nightmares have become reality. Seriously, my parents may as well have killed Freddy Kreuger — that’s how much my nightmare has become reality. The six finalists have been announced. They’re mostly bad (“Welcome to the Jungle”? Isn’t that a little obvious?), but one of them is beyond bad. One of them is Nickelback’s “Burn it to the Ground”.
You go with that, Canucks, and Pass it to Bulis becomes a Whitecaps blog*.
First and foremost, does anybody really think it’s a good idea for the Canucks’ entrance song to be titled “Burn it to the Ground”? Why not “Flip that cruiser” or “I don’t always riot, but when I do it’s after a Game 7 loss” or “Let’s go smash the Bay’s windows in” or “Tribute to Water Polo Kid”? I feel like other fanbases are going to hear about this.
But more than that, other fanbases are going to hear that our team skates out to Nickelback. Blackhawks fans are doing their best to make sure.
— Andrew Cieslak (@AndrewCieslak) February 15, 2013
And do you know what’s worse than your enemies hearing your team skates out to Nickelback? Hearing your team skate out to Nickelback. Do not want.
Now here’s the thing: this post can’t just exist to urge you not to vote Nickelback, because that might not be good enough. If the Nickelbackers vote with their hearts, and the Nickelblockers split their votes over the other five, we still lose. Which means, for the good of this club, we need to focus on effort on one song.
Let it be Japandroids’ “House That Heaven Built”:
Beyond the fact that Parliament’s “Bop Gun” isn’t an option (because no one appreciates the magic of funkentelechy), there are several reasons this is the song for us, Vancouver.
It’s a good song, for one, and Japandroids is a fabulous, fabulous band. But here are a few other reasons. Japandroids are actually a local band that’s only just now beginning to make waves and money. Unlike Nickelback, they would probably appreciate (and notice) the royalties. Plus, unlike Chad Kroeger,who is an Alberta hockey fan, they’re actually Canuck boosters, as evidenced by the photo above.
Finally and most importantly, unlike Nickelback, they’re not Nickelback. I cannot tell you how important that is.
So please. On behalf of Canuck nation, and on behalf of us here at PITB, vote Japandroids.
*This is an idle threat, since we still like your hockey, and also we’re under contract to the Sun.Tags: entrance song, Japandroids, Nickelback, This is my friends an outrage