Songs, Part II

So here’s where we are with the song suggestions.

Two Journey songs are the most popular so far: “Lights” and “Don’t Stop Believing.” Dissenters think “Lights” is too mellow, and that “trying to steal (‘Don’t Stop Believing’) from the Dodgers is a bad idea, and just makes us look unoriginal, which completely misrepresents SF.”

Two other Journey songs were also suggested by more than one person: “To Be Alive Again” and “Anyway You Want It.”

The next most popular artist after Journey is Bon Jovi with “Living on a Prayer.” The song, says one fan, is “upbeat and the crowd can really get into it.” On the other hand, “‘Living On a Prayer’ is NOT a good idea because the theme of the song doesn’t fit. The Giants want to be/will be a winning ball club without the help of desperate prayers.”

The rest of the suggestions:

Highway to the Dangerzone — Kenny Loggins (from “Top Gun.”)

Right Now — Van Halen

You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet — Bachman Turner Overdrive

Don’t Look Back – Boston

Welcome to the Jungle — Gun’s N’ Roses

Life is a Highway — Tom Cochran

Centerfield — John Fogerty

Sympathy for the Devil – Rolling Stones

Time of Your Life – Green Day.

Tubthumping — Chumbawamba

Brown-eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Back in Black — AC/DC

We Built This City on Rock and Roll — Jefferson Starship

Dancin’ in the Streets — Grateful Dead

Raise Your Hands –Bon Jovi.

San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) — Scott McKenzie.

For America — Jackson Browne.

Let It Rock — Kevin Rudolf.

Sly & the Family Stone- “Hot Fun in the Summertime”.

Get This Party Started — Pink

Keep the suggestions coming. Include your rationale for the choice. Is it important that the song be from a Bay Area artist? Should it be music that pulls us out of our seats and makes us sing along? Should the lyrics reflect something about hope or winning or San Francisco?

Looking forward to the debate . . .

On a related note, a blog poster named msltek suggested a new song for Brian Wilson — Closing Time by Eve 6.

Anyone else have ideas for other players? I was wondering recently why players chose certain songs – and why they changed them. I asked Manny Burriss last week why he changed his coming-to-bat song from My Life by The Game to Who Run It by Three 6 Mafia (maybe it was the other way around?).

He laughed.

“Because I was hitting .180.”

27 Comments

I think it’s important to have a band from SF – I like the Grateful Dead song “Dancin’ in the Streets”.

I think Lights is by far the best of the options available to us. It’s by a local band and is about the city. It’s very easy to sing along to. Let’s be honest here – no matter how awesome our choice of song is, we’re not going to get any additional wins out of it. Lights is an awesome song that people can sing along to it.

The bigger advantage that I see to Lights is that it’s fairly unique and specific. Don’t Stop Believing can apply to any team in any place. So can Living on a Prayer. There’s nothing distinctive about them, nothing that makes them ours. The same is true for most of the other songs suggested.

I suggest switching gears a bit. The Giants put out a CD in 1991 called “The Giants Greatest Hits.” There are a few good tunes on there: good beat, explicitly Giants, easy to get excited about. The down side is that they are all a bit anachronistic in some way (such as references to “the Stick” or the “Humm-Baby” era and/or players). On the other hand, the Giants still play “Bye-Bye, Baby” with its references to KSFO and Candlestick, so maybe it could work. The one I like the best on the CD is “I Wanna See the Giants Win” by the Dynatones. It can’t be “Don’t Stop Believin ‘” because the HatedDodgers stole that from the 2005 White Sox. It isn’t even original for them!

I think it’s important that the song be from someone from the Bay Area. I also think it’s really fun when people start singing along. Especially with the way our offense is this year, the fans can get kind of dead by the 7th inning, so it’s nice to have something to pump us up during ANOTHER 0-0 game…. I know I said this before, but To Be Alive Again seems to work well. And this may be a stretch, but the lyrics are somewhat appropriate… talking about being alive and waking up could refer to our offense? I still like Lights, too, even though it’s not as upbeat. I liked when they played Bye Bye Baby last year, that would be a good one also. I wish I could contribute more to the discussion, but I don’t know that much about music, especially music that was recorded before I was born (1990)……Speaking of walk-up music, is there anywhere we can find a list of songs that the Giants use for their music? Someone told me there was a list on the Giants website for 2008, but I can’t find it…Laurenhttp://sfgiantsgirl.mlblogs.com

I agree that it’s important that the song be by a Bay Area artist and have some connection to the city/team. They use John Denvers’ Thank God I’m A Country Boy in Baltimore, which I know a lot of people dislike because it just doesn’t fit the city or the team. I’ve lived in Baltimore for 15 years and I can’t even tell you why that’s the 7th inning stretch song.

My only problem with Lights is the fact that it’s already used at the Coliseum in Oakland at the start of every A’s fireworks night (…when the lights go down, get it?). A great mellow calm does behalf the crowd when it starts up, but that’s largely more because at that point it’s so late at night, and everyone’s laying back on the field waiting for the show.

From the options listed, I like Sly and the Family Stone. It’s got a nice bounce to it.

Sitting by the dock of the Bay- Otis. Slow but would get people singing.

There were some REALLY bad suggestions in that lists, Going through each song and if we should use them or not…

NO! Highway to the Dangerzone — Kenny Loggins
No Right Now — Van Halen
Maybe You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet — Bachman Turner Overdrive
No Don’t Look Back ? Boston
No Welcome to the Jungle — Gun’s N’ Roses
Yes Life is a Highway — Tom Cochran
Yes Centerfield — John Fogerty
Maybe Sympathy for the Devil – Rolling Stones
No Time of Your Life – Green Day
No Tubthumping ? Chumbawamba
Yes Brown-eyed Girl – Van Morrison
No Back in Black — AC/DC
No We Built This City on Rock and Roll — Jefferson Starship
No Dancin’ in the Streets — Grateful Dead
No Raise Your Hands –Bon Jovi
Yes San Francisco — Scott McKenzie
No For America — Jackson Browne
NO! Let It Rock — Kevin Rudolf
No Sly & the Family Stone- “Hot Fun in the Summertime”
NO! Get This Party Started ? Pink

Yeah and thats right.. I added exclamation marks for the REALLY bad ones. Just cuz someone likes a song doesnt mean everyone does, or that it should be sung by everyone at a baseball game (ie Pink and ‘Let it Rock’)

I still think ‘Lights’ by Journey is the best choice. That or ‘Brown eyed girl’

Oh, god, please let it not be Brown-Eyed Girl. Please, please, please. How does that have any relevance or importance or add anything at all to a ballgame? I can see them playing it between innings just for fun if they really, really wanted to. But to make it our theme song? just no. Same goes for Tubthumping.

It’s gotta be “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” – if we’re ahead, we’re going to pile it on. If we’re behind, watch out, we’re coming back.

I know, I know, it’s hopeful with this offense, but it’s an upbeat song and would get the crowd going!

But if we want a Bay Area band…how about Metallica and “Enter Sandman?”

WOW – this music theme search has really struck a nerve with many – many devoted and passionate fans of the Giants as well of their music (I’m one of them).
Has anyone heard of GREEN DAY ? yes I know one fan has but the correct title is Good Riddance (?) Today our local newspaper had a huge article about Green Day – They originated in Berkely ( 1987 ) and worked regularly at Studio 880 in OAKLAND til 2001. I’m hoping some other fans have heard/seen some of their music/videos without really knowing it. Personally I thought they were from Ireland – ( duh ) ! ! ! ! I know some of fans are quite sent in
with the older songs, but just as the Giants receive younger, newer players, so should the music scene –
P L E A S E research this band and find out what how blessed/talented they are I promise you won’t be disappointed . GIANTS ROCK -ON ! ! ! ! ! !

People, we are one of the world’s best music cities, a prerequisite HAS to be that the song comes from a Bay Area band. I’m fine with a Journey tune but how about one of these:

* Grateful Dead: “Trucking” or “Good Love”

* Jefferson Airplane: “Somebody to Love”

* Sly & The Family Stone: “Higher”

* Credence Clearwater: “Bad Moon Rising”

* Santana: “Winning”, “Smooth”, “All I Ever Wanted”

* Green Day: “When I Come Around”, “Welcome to Paradise”

* Tower of Power: “What is Hip”

* Steve Miller: “Jet Airliner”

* Huey Lewis: “Heart of R n Roll”

Any of these would be cool but the main thing is is has to be a bay area band. Here’s a complete list to choose from, ROCK ON:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_bands_from_the_San_Francisco_Bay_Area

“Down to the Night Club (Bump City)” by Tower of Power would be great… if the song wasn’t about the City of Oakland. “Don’t Change Horses (in the Middle of the Stream)” also by TOP might be appropos to the Giants’ situation but that song has a long intro. If you want a San Francisco band, try the Beau Brummel’s 1966 recording of “Louie Louie”.

By the way, anyone who wants “San Francisco” by Scott McKenzie should be put on an eastbound BART car to Oakland! Just my opinion.

Most of these candidate songs are going to result in an annoyed eye-roll from the majority of your younger fan base. Yes, the Giants have a long, storied history rooted in tradition, but that doesn’t mean you have to cast them as hokey. And please, don’t use ‘Sweet Caroline’ as a point of comparison. Boston has had the persistence to remain a somewhat sheltered community and has the unique ability to embrace that which isn’t cool. If something must be chosen, ‘Centerfield’ has always lived outside of the realm of popular music and can’t be pigeon-holed to “your mom/dad’s generation” and for the most part is adored by all baseball fans. Not to mention, it’s where the Say-Hey kid did his finest work – a subtle reminder to Giants fans of the greatness of their ball club as the team heads into the final innings of the game.

Most of these candidate songs are going to result in an annoyed eye-roll from the majority of your younger fan base. Yes, the Giants have a long, storied history rooted in tradition, but that doesn’t mean you have to cast them as hokey. And please, don’t use ‘Sweet Caroline’ as a point of comparison. Boston has had the persistence to remain a somewhat sheltered community and has the unique ability to embrace that which isn’t cool. If something must be chosen, ‘Centerfield’ has always lived outside of the realm of popular music and can’t be pigeon-holed to “your mom/dad’s generation” and for the most part is adored by all baseball fans. Not to mention, it’s where the Say-Hey kid did his finest work – a subtle reminder to Giants fans of the greatness of their ball club as the team heads into the final innings of the game.

Please, PLEASE, PLEASE do not choose some ridiculous 70’s Classic Rock like Bachman Turner Overdrive. That would be the most unoriginal, pathetic choice we could possibly make. If we choose something like that or Life is a Highway, I might never go to a Giants game again. Embarassing.

Journey’s “Lights” is too slow and doesn’t have the sing a long feel like “Sweet Caroline”. We need OUR Sweet Caroline.

MY TOP PICK WITHOUT QUESTION IS:

SCOTT MCKENZIE’s “SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR)”

Here’s why: This song captures the essence of San Francisco better than any other song. It’s a great sing along and actually would bring some more history (60’s) to the ballpark. I think the younger generation (and I’m 27) would appreciate it.

If not, let’s do some Grateful Dead, Santana, etc.

I don’t ask for much, just not crap like Life is a Highway. Ugh.

I’m thinking Lights is a bit mellow for a middle of the game song – here’s some suggestions . . . . . . . . . .

Day game:
Touch of Gray – The Grateful Dead

Night Game:
Back in Black – AC/DC

When Closer Brian Wilson comes in:
Wild Thing – The Troggs

When the team takes the field:
We Built this City – Starship

Whenever Rowand makes a Sportscenter-worthy play:
Centerfield – John Fogerty

Seventh-Inning Stretch time:
Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding

When carrying a slim lead late in the game:
Walking on a Thin Line – Huey Lewis and the News

Whenever one of the talented middle-relievers comes in to the game:
No More Mr. Nice Guy – Alice Cooper

Whenever our clutch hitters (Molina, Sandoval, Rowand) come to bat:
Gives You Hell – All-American Rejects

Anyway, these are just a few suggestions.

I’m thinking Lights is a bit mellow for a middle of the game song – here’s some suggestions . . . . . . . . . .

Day game:
Touch of Gray – The Grateful Dead

Night Game:
Back in Black – AC/DC

When Closer Brian Wilson comes in:
Wild Thing – The Troggs

When the team takes the field:
We Built this City – Starship

Whenever Rowand makes a Sportscenter-worthy play:
Centerfield – John Fogerty

Seventh-Inning Stretch time:
Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding

When carrying a slim lead late in the game:
Walking on a Thin Line – Huey Lewis and the News

Whenever one of the talented middle-relievers comes in to the game:
No More Mr. Nice Guy – Alice Cooper

Whenever our clutch hitters (Molina, Sandoval, Rowand) come to bat:
Gives You Hell – All-American Rejects

Anyway, these are just a few suggestions.

KEEP ON ROCKIN’ IN THE FREE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UNCLE NEIL!

I was at the game against the A’s on saturday night and guess what……the music was the best it’s been in a long time.

AND, they played Rockin in the Free World. I saw people singing that in my section. However, I will make a small request. We need more volume on these songs! TURN IT UP!

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instead of songs, how about theme songs:

– Streets of San Francisco
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrEBqheA9s8

Or even from one of Clint’s movies since he’s from SF anyway:

– For A Few Dollars More
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrmkV2y61d0
– Good, Bad, and Ugly ;-)

The Giants are in the West anyway and we have the best gun slingers on our staff.

How about it?

I think I have the perfect song and band for the Giants signature song: Our Time Now by the Plain White T’s.

Listen to the lyrics and song, very peppy, up-beat, appropriate.

“There will be no rules tonight…
Nothing’s gonna stop us now…
Nervous hands and anxious smiles…
This is right where we belong…

These are the times that we’ll remember,
Breaking the city’s sight together,
Finally, it’s our time now.

And the lead singer looks a little like the Kid, Timmy Lincecum, so the Giants could copy the bands music video and have Lincecum lip sync the song and do the dance for the video. Or if he don’t want to do that, perhaps the Giants could commission a special video with the band and Lincecum together doing something. Or have them come in after a game for a concert, extra for the fans.

Below are two YouTube vids:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGoho3iWd84

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDMSHFDncVg

I really like the “Our Time Now” suggestion while it is definitely a new young song not exactly my gen, isn’t that what this team is all about! And the singer does look alot like Timmy!
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