killer crossover

My house has been a recording studio this week as my friend Brian Patterson has been recording an EP. I’m trying to promote my house as 310 Sound Studio (Waco, Texas’ Muscle Shoals), but most of me knows that my other friends from The Digital Age are way ahead of me with their Asterisk Sound Studio. I know my studio is cheaper (free) and I suspect it has better pizza and whiskey selection.

Last night, as we were taking one of our many breaks out on the front porch, I began cataloging the greatest moments in sports/pop music history. This is not a definitive top 10, it’s just what I came up with. Please comment with suggestions. That’s why I publish conversations like these.

10 Bob Dylan’s “Hurricane.” This counts because it’s about boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, but it barely mentions boxing at all, so I’ll sneak it in at No. 10.

9 Bruce Springsteen’s baseball player character in “Glory Days.”

8 Simon and Garfunkel’s classic lyric “where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you.” I’m not sure I understand what “Mrs. Robinson” is about, but this lyric is timeless and appropriately cryptic.

7 Kurtis Blow’s “Basketball.”

6 The second best Hootie & The Blowfish sports contribution is the lyric “I’m such a baby cause the Dolphins made me cry,” which is a reference to their Miami Dolphins fanhood and not expressing being moved by the beauty of the bottle-nosed sea mammal.

5 The best is Hootie’s song “Fairweather Johnson,” which is the title track of their follow up to “Cracked Rear View.” Although “Fairweather Johnson” flopped, the title track is probably now my favorite Hootie song. My favorite lyric: “I liked the Steelers in ’75/I only like the Broncos when they come alive.”

4 Ice Cube claiming that if you get him on the court he’s trouble and offering as evidence that the previous week he had messed around and recorded a triple-double. Chuck Klosterman wondered via Twitter a while back about who might have been keeping stats for this pick-up basketball game.

3 The Beastie Boys wrote and recorded an entire song about how much they hated Bill Laimbeer and released it as the second track on “I’ll Communication.”

2 John Fogerty’s “Centerfield.”

1 Pearl Jam naming their debut album 10 after Mookie Blaylock, which was a temporary, working title name of the band.

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2 responses to “killer crossover

  1. Some others: Basketball Jones for soul, Chariots of Fire song, Friday Night Lights soundtrack by Explosions in the Sky and NFL Films for instrumental connections, and in San Antonio we’ll include Stephen Jackson’s latest hip hop album. That’s right.

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