Vote Japandroids, because if you don’t, Nickelback will happen

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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.

 

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.

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48 comments

  1. DanD
    February 15, 2013

    Yes. A thousand times yes!

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  2. Tim
    February 15, 2013

    Do you hate BITTG because it’s Nickelback, or because you actually think it would be a bad song to skate out to?

    While I think the Japandroids song is kind of cool, and I might be interested in listening to more of their stuff, I just don’t see how that song (or most of the other options, really) would get anyone psyched up to start a hockey game.

    Good music doesn’t necessarily equal a good psych-up song (and vice versa, in fairness).

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    • BornSlaming
      February 15, 2013

      Nickleback sucks, but I could abide pretty much any of their other songs. You have to know the only reason BURN IT TO THE GROUND made it on the board was from other teams fans trolling? I don’t want to be reminded by non-canuck fans that not only have we never won a cup, we some fans decided to torch their city over losing not once but twice. I don’t need this before EVERY HOME GAME.

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    • best behaviour
      February 15, 2013

      That Japandroids song sounds like something to chill out happily to after a game. It’s not really a pump-up song. It’s like the U2, nice there in the background while the fans get pumped up *because the Canucks are coming*, with no adrenaline in its own right. Choosing a song should be based on how right it is for pumping fans and team up into a high-energy state. Whether the band is local/ struggling/ part of the fan base should be secondary, or (dare I say it) out of the equation.

      Personally, I think Metallica “Better than You” would be ideal – wonder why no Metallica selections?

      Among them all, I actually like WTTJ – classic = cliched, take your pick, but loads of energy and drive. I like BITTG as well, but I can understand voting against it if it wouldn’t work to get people going, if there are so many people who dislike even the concept of Nickleback (I never quite got why – did I miss a press release? do they have cooties? Those rich successful bastards is it, I guess.)

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      • best behaviour
        February 15, 2013

        PS – er, what is an Alberta hockey fan?

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    • Charles Knox
      February 15, 2013

      Just keep U2. All the other songs are bunk, cliche or utter dog fecal matter. I’m not a fan of the Japandroids, but I guess that song should win because they’re a Vancouver band? Why don’t they just get Bryan Adams and Kroeger to duet up something half-decent and do that. Why mess with a good thing. This stinks of the kind of tom-foolery that lead to our moronic goal song.

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  3. natevk
    February 15, 2013

    You guys should put this on your resumes as community service. If Nickelback wins, I may have to skip watching the starts of Canucks games altogether, and that just starts a slippery slope I don’t want to get into.
    So yes, I voted Japandroids, and so can you!

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  4. Connor
    February 15, 2013

    Voted four times with four different emails for Japandroids. Please people, the last thing this team needs is Nickelback.

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  5. Sean
    February 15, 2013

    Nickleback is the only way to teach people that Fan voting is one of the worse concepts imaginable.

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    • Connor
      February 15, 2013

      I think the All Star game voting accomplished that, ‘Vote for Rory’.

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      • Pinch
        February 15, 2013

        If by best you mean worst.

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  6. VC
    February 15, 2013

    Sorry, cannot in good conscience vote for either of these songs, let alone any of the six choices. I cannot believe of all of the music out there, Canucks management could not use one ounce of common-sense and find one good wind up music, not unlike Welcome to the Jungle. While it is a good song, it is overplayed, and not original. Why leave it up to fans to decide? when you have people that like techno, rap, hiphop etc…nothing good will come of it, that stuff is crap. While we are on the music, can someone please steal DJ Dave’s music collection and replace it with a real one.

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  7. Alfonso
    February 15, 2013

    Ughhh.. Cannot stand the Japandroids song. It’s the longest, most repetitive, most irritating song ever. It’d actually be better suited as a goal-song to drive opponents into a rage the way Chicago uses Chelsea Dagger.

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  8. Jen
    February 15, 2013

    All of the song choices are terrible but I voted for Japandroids because ew, Nickelback. And I liked the local-to-Vancouver thing.

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  9. Sarah
    February 15, 2013

    Why is Nickleback even up for consideration?

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    • Sarah
      February 15, 2013

      and ps. Japandroids are awesome. I’ve seen them live twice and they were amazing both times.

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  10. VC
    February 15, 2013

    It occurs to me, everyone hates Nickelback and they won’t get voted, this is just Harrison Mooney’s way of getting his favoourite song voted in.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      February 15, 2013

      Nickelback is currently leading in votes, along with “Welcome to the Jungle,” thanks to some enterprising Blackhawks fans.

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  11. JC
    February 15, 2013

    I’ve done my civic duty by voting for the Japandroids and voting for them on behalf of my office and my family.

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  12. B
    February 15, 2013

    The Canucks organization continues to amaze me. There is no atmosphere during games anymore, and their turning away long standing Canucks fans with some of their ridiculous decisions. Ive given up my season tickets this year because I just dont see the value anymore. They charge a fortune for tickets, while I have a better viewing experience watching the games from a TV. While I am not a huge fan of any of the song choices, adding Nickelback as their entrance song would top the scale in terms of disappointment. A representative from the Canucks organization needs to take a trip down the I5 and take a lesson from the Seahawks.

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  13. garth
    February 15, 2013

    done

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  14. kavi36
    February 15, 2013

    Um, is it just me or did everyone miss the part on the voting page about the winning song only being guaranteed 2 home games? “Below you’ll find the top six songs, the one that receives the most votes will be played as the Canucks entrance music for two upcoming home games… Again, nothing is cemented as the Canucks entrance song goes. We’re dating some different songs, if you will. Some nights it may be spinach-in-the-teeth awkward, love a first sight other games. Just enjoy the ride.” So even if Nickelback does win, there’s a solid chance it would only be heard twice. And then someone with common sense that works at the Canucks can slip in a real entrance song. Hopefully.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      February 15, 2013

      TWO GAMES OF NICKELBACK IS TWO TOO MANY

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  15. eric blacha
    February 15, 2013

    I didn’t like the options really. I think we should add Arkells – Oh, The Boss is Coming as a fan write in. Get the amount of write ins high enough and maybe it’ll happen.

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  16. Warren
    February 15, 2013

    Japandroids getting the nod will cement us as a bunch of hipster douchebags.

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  17. Chris T
    February 15, 2013

    **** all of the idiots in this thread hating on Japandroids. Just shows that you like **** music. Japandroids are awesome, the Canucks are awesome, thus this marriage must become a reality.

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  18. Nee
    February 15, 2013

    I like that Japandroids song, but it’s not really doing it for me as an entrance song. I don’t like any of the options. I ended up voting for Welcome to the Jungle because the Canucks already use that riff at every home game, usually at the start of the period as the puck drops. It’s not great, but it’s okay.

    That last option, the techno one, is horrible. I like techno/EDM, but not for an entrance song. Blech.

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  19. Cody
    February 15, 2013

    That is the song I voted for long before reading this as it was the only song that didn’t hurt me

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  20. mac n cheese
    February 15, 2013

    AAAGH I’ve already voted for something else… I’m a vote-splitter! I may as well have voted for Ralph Nader.

    Truthfully, I wish they would just keep U2. Gives me chills every time it starts and the team hits the ice. Isn’t messing with the song just disrupting our flow at this point?

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  21. 604YVR
    February 15, 2013

    GNR all the way!

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  22. biznow
    February 15, 2013

    wait…..where’s Baby Got Back?

    bah, GNR I guess.

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    • best behaviour
      February 16, 2013

      They don’t mean THAT kind of pump up, biznow… no getting sprung at puck drop.

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  23. Amor de Cosmos
    February 15, 2013

    If we must go the “let’s celebrate spontaneous violence” route, then Sly & The Family Stone’s “There’s a Riot Goin’ On” beats Nickelback every which way you can think of.

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  24. Mike O
    February 15, 2013

    ‘Get It On’ by Turbonegro. That is my vote.

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  25. akidd
    February 15, 2013

    what kind of choices are those?!? we might as well be voting for politicians. music can be a such a beautiful thing. how the hell did that line-up make the final six?!?

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  26. TeeJay
    February 16, 2013

    The 80′s sounds still produce the most inspiring songs, You want a song to remind the TEAM what they should do. How abouT LAYING IT ON THE LINE by the Starship.

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  27. TeeJay
    February 16, 2013

    Or IT’S NOT OVER TILL IT’S OVER by the Starship.

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  28. TeeJay
    February 16, 2013

    If you will make a PROXY SONG for STREET WITH NO NAME, The word STREET should be some where in the lyrics of that song

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  29. Pinner
    February 16, 2013

    Good god man, are you kidding me? That Japandroids song is givin me auditory hemmorhandroids! It’s not only a terrible pump up song (vocals too early), its just a terrible song in its own right. The singers voice is incredibly annoying, and not in that still-ok-like-Hot Hot Heat-annoying, or even mildly interesting though annoying like My Chemical Romance; it’s just whiny and tinny and, well, awful! That song is easily my bottom voice of the 6 – not that the selection pool is that deep.
    All in all, underwhelmed by both the 6 options in general, and Harrison’s motion in particular. That song should be the pump up song for the Islanders in their new home of hipsters, not the mix of wannabe gangsters and granolas here on the west coast.

    My vote: Volbeat – Warriors Call (just going by memory here so forgive any misnamijg of song or band). Good menacing repetitive intro (though slightly overbearing, yes) followed by a healthy building into a crescendo of unexpected blistering vocals – pumped? Up.

    In second; Stockholm (irony aside, it’s just the next best one). Pretty basic techno beat but serviceable.

    And in third; yep, believe it or not, it’s Nickelback!! Of course they’re formulaic and ruining rock music and blah blah blah, but did they not play a good show at the Grey Cup? (Hint: they did)
    Yes the other team’s blogs will get plenty of fodder from it, but Kroeger’s got a good voice for this stuff, the words are easy to learn and song along to, and the rhythm is actually decent.

    Welcome to the Jungle is of course great but overhashed,

    And the whatever Stars – We Are and Japandroids bring up the rear – sounds like Blink 182 2012 in here, terrible.

    Rather the devil I know than the much worse one I wish I hadn’t been introduced to (think Pierre McGuire vs. the 5 man HNIC Hotstove Hot Mess)

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    • naturalmystic
      February 27, 2013

      F*** Volbeat. They stole Michael Buffer’s signature tag line.

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  30. Cam Lindsay
    February 18, 2013

    Just so you know, you stole this image from the blog I wrote for MuchMusic without permission or linking to it with credit. It was used originally here: http://blog.muchmusic.com/vote-for-japandroids-to-be-the-vancouver-canucks-entrance-music/

    I suggest you make that change.

    Thanks.

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    • naturalmystic
      February 27, 2013

      Hey Cam, how about telling your employers at MuchMusic to stop being dipsh*ts and start playing music videos once in a while. Your station sucks.

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  31. Jason
    February 18, 2013

    Good God I hate the Hawks and their fans. We’ll be the laughingstock of the league if Nickelback wins.

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  32. Chris
    February 22, 2013

    Vote one for Nickelback, because the Japandroids are hipster garbage.

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  33. Alana
    February 22, 2013

    Japandroids might be a good option, if only the guy could actually carry a tune.

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  34. Music Guy
    February 22, 2013

    I don’t like Nickelback a great deal, but lets be real about what the song is for. Nickelback does deliver a pump up crowd type of song. Besides when the Japandroids or any other hipster band can say they’ve sold even a fifth of the records Nickelback has then lets talk They are successful for a reason. This garbage hipster music needs to go away for good…it has ZERO staying power.

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  35. Baz
    February 22, 2013

    I voted nickleback cuz all the hate for them is just too funny.

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  36. Spirit of '94
    February 22, 2013

    Love Japandroids, dislike this song choice… a lot. With Nickelback and Guns n roses (worst choice in my opinion… Soooo overplayed) in there… Canucks fans lose no matter what. My passivist mentality says let the chips fall where they may and enjoy the game once the puck drops.

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