January 08, 2007

Question For My Blogpartner

Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks for advancing to the next round of the NFL playoffs. Now, here's what I want to know: Why, immediately following the victory, did Seattle's sound man choose to play "Bittersweet Symphony" by the Verve? While I like it, hearing it usually makes me want to go find a nice quiet place where I can slit my wrists. It has never struck me as a victory song.

Is there something about Seattle that makes a downbeat victory song appropriate? Is it all the rain? Are you just trying to be different? Is there some piece of local legislation, presumably passed during the grunge era, requiring that all songs played at public events in Seattle be depressing? If the Seahawks win the Super Bowl, can we expect to hear, say, "Life is Shit" by the Dead Milkmen at the victory parade?

You do realize that you won, right?

FRINKLIN REPLIES: Uhhh... I haven't the foggiest actually. The first time I heard the song used for the team was during the Super Bowl intro last year, and considering that fiasco you'd think they would have dropped it. Nope, they play "Bittersweet Symphony" every home game, before and after. I think the team's higher-ups appreciate the grandeur of the song, and it works better than you might think live.

Posted by Mediocre Fred at January 8, 2007 07:52 AM | TrackBack

The lyrics are depressing, but I like the music and think it's quite compatible with victory.

Posted by: PG at January 8, 2007 09:09 AM

What sort of victory? Victory in the "Reese Witherspoon driving away at the end of Cruel Intentions" sense, sure. In the "we just won an important football game" sense, I'd have to disagree.

Posted by: Mediocre Fred at January 8, 2007 02:21 PM

Maybe they're just trying to find songs that don't require them to pay royalties to pedophiles.

Posted by: PG at January 9, 2007 02:24 AM

Okay, the Dead Milkmen line was hilarious. But I'm still waiting for Wisconsin to break into The Badger Song after a touchdown...

Posted by: PapaShaft at January 9, 2007 07:45 AM
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