VOICE OF THE NATION - Make.Goals.Better

Vintage Flame
January 11 2012 11:24AM

 

Your Calgary Flames are currently mired in a battle with mediocrity, and the experts are suggesting that The Flaming C needs to win at least 27 of their remaining 39 games to qualify for a playoff berth. No easy feat, but I’m here to tell you, chums, that the picture isn’t as bleak as it seems. Thanks to the extended road trip forced upon the team due to the lending out our fabled Saddledome to Hockey Canada and the World Juniors, the Flames will rock the Dome for 23 of those aforementioned 39 games. Couple that with the 11-5-2 record the team has compiled here in CGY, an impossible task now seems…well, very implausible, but hey…never tell me the odds

Considering the majority of the remaining games will be played on home ice, it would be good practice to make the Saddledome a hard place to play. For opposing teams rolling through Calgary, they have to be made aware that they’re in for nothing short of a war. Fear should strike their hearts. Bottom line, this doesn’t happen right now, in large part thanks to what can only be defined as an apathetically mute fan base, and, let’s face it, the least effective goal song in the entire league.

We can’t amplify the crowds without a massive culture shift in the city, and that takes more time and mind control than a simple blogger is able to influence. Goal songs, that friends, is an attainable goal.

THE NUMBERS GAME

Season T-Games GF GF/G NHL RANK H-GAMES H-GF H- GF/G
2010-11 82 241 2.94 7 41 136 3.31
2011-12 41 99 2.41 26 17 40 2.35

As you can see from the table above, the Flames have had a harder time scoring goals as compared to last year; even more so within the confines of the Saddledome, pretty much one full goal per home game. Why has this happened? What statistical analysis could explain a team going from 7th in NHL scoring last year, to 26th in the league this year? This is the question that prompted the discussion between BoL, Arik and VF on twitter; and after about an hour, all drew the same conclusion.

The Calgary Flames goal song sucks!

For those of you who aren’t aware, “Barbara Streisand” by Duck Sauce is the current melody of choice by Saddledome brain trust, a song that evokes such raw emotion as “Why?” And “Really... THIS SONG?” So we need a new one. What does it mean to be THE goal song? What provisos force your hand in selecting one? It’s something I struggled with, because whatever I would choose will realistically be diametrically opposite to whatever bubble gum fluff that does get selected. This is because a hockey game is a family setting, and whatever gets voted in should be accessible to even your 6 year old daughter who still loves her some Dora. So that becomes a challenge; a lot of songs usually sacrifice something interesting when the desired outcome is accessibility (Like, for example, HAVE YOU HEARD “BARBARA STREISAND”?) We’re throwing that element out the window, because we like our ideas better.

In collaboration, Vintage Flame from FlamesNation, Along with Book of Loob and Arik from Matchsticks & Gasoline, have set forth to pick two songs each, which we feel are worthy of the illustrious title of Calgary Flames Goal Song. Defining what makes a song THE song is the key in this assignment, and has admittedly been difficult for BoL to come to terms with, given the number of variables to take into consideration. Basically we’re going to let him ramble on for a bit and hopefully he makes his mind up somewhere along the way. With all legal and ethical disclaimers implied, we’ll kick things off with the blog prophet himself; take it away BoL.

My first option was “Sleep Now In The Fire” by Rage Against the Machine. At first glance, it’s got everything you need. It’s a hard, driving, punishing song that, when played over a powerful PA system like the ones you’d find at, for example, A HOCKEY ARENA, just destroys you. It’s also rife with strong fire imagery, and seeing as this is your Calgary Flames, that really makes a strong case. But this song is somewhat limited due to the political overtones that Rage is known for, and the average parent who has brought their child to the game might, MIGHT be a touch miffed at this song. Now, truthfully, the goal song is not going to be on for very long, and would very likely only loop the chorus “hey, hey, sleep now in the fire”, which on its own is pretty innocuous, but hey, if you can give anyone something to complain about, they’re going to do it.

Another choice I wanted was “Fire” by Arthur Brown. This one is quirky, IT’S CALLED FIRE, the relative obscurity of Arthur Brown is pretty delicious, and I just flat out like it. The song begins with Brown yelling “I AM THE GOD OF HELLFIRE, AND I BRING YOU FIRE!” which is absolutely the most badass thing I’ve ever heard. The only problem is, this is basically an organ driven 60’s pop song the rest of the way, and while it is, I assure you, 100% awesome, it’s kind of got the same cheesy appeal that “Barbara Streisand” does, so to pick this song misses the point a little bit in my estimation. Which is why the song I REALLY wanted to use was, “Hellfire” by Cunninlynguists; which samples the opening of the song and puts a sick beat to it that the Cunninlynguists then rhyme over top of. It’s brilliant. It’s the one song I wanted over all other songs, but unfortunately, Calgary is just not a hip hop town. It probably never will be, so this song is not about to get the crowd pumped up, and any momentum sustained from a goal is short lived. If we were a hip hop town, I guarantee you we’d find a way to get “CGY” by local product Dragon Fli Empire played at every game, as this song based on its own merits should be an anthem in this town anyway. Why you gotta like the country music so much Calgary???

VF: So... are those your choices? No of course not. Carry on then.

BoL: So where did I end up? Well, my first choice is “Firestarter” by The Prodigy. It’s got it all: metaphoric fire, a strong bass line, it’s fairly recognizable; it’s driving and can illicit fear without being offensive or vulgar. And it’s repetitive enough to get stuck in your head but not be annoying. It’s a song that builds momentum as it goes along, a trait you want to resound in the Flames after scoring a goal.

While songs that have burning or flaming imagery in them undoubtedly make a strong case, I didn’t want to limit my choices to pieces that only included them. In the end, you want your goal song to be strong, up-tempo, and to be able to evoke some kind of positive emotional response from the listener. In the end, you want it to be interesting. When I want interesting, I usually turn to one of my favourite bands, TV on the Radio, which is what I’ve done here. My second choice is “Wolf Like Me”, which, while not being about you wanting to set anything on fire, alludes to a pack-like mentality of hunters, in this case wolves, which when you think about it, is the sort of trait you want to see in your local hockey team. We want the Flames to be hunters. We want the Flames to howl, and we want to howl with them. I think this song paints that picture beautifully, not to mention it’s sounds great over an arena PA, and, if nothing else, it’s got a link to our good friend Jarome Iginla (Dion Phaneuf and Jordan Eberle, but I choose to ignore that), as it was featured in a Nike commercial for Team Canada during The Olympics. The commercialization of TV on the Radio broke my heart at the time, but I’m over it now, and I want Duck Sauce gone.

Arik: I don’t subscribe to the theory that goal songs need to be directly related to the team. Sure, they probably shouldn’t be blatantly conflicting (like Ice Ice Baby would be for Calgary), but for the most part, I find that the style and sound (excited and catchy- think Chelsea Dagger) are much more important than a reference to a team name. “Something To Brag About” by Deer Tick is my first choice. It’s rock and roll, it’s proud, and it’s the right amount of catchy. Not to mention the name of the song is “Something to Brag About”, which, for this team, is pretty much any goal scored. Ignoring the annoying intro, the song is pretty energetic without being all “yelly”. Add in a hint of western vibe, and you have a perfect song for Calgary.

“I Want You So Hard” by The Eagles of Death Metal is my second choice. Like the first one, its rock and roll and it’s damn catchy. It’s also got a pretty celebratory vibe and the lyric of “The boy’s bad news” which is really just terrific when you think about it fitting in after any Calgary player scores. It’s also a terrific song for yelling along to drunkenly, which I’m pretty sure is about 90% of the criteria needed, right?

VF: I have to admit, this is something I’ve been thinking about for quite awhile and have even discussed with some of the other writers at FlamesNation. The first song that had come to mind had always been Sloan’s “Money City Maniacs”. I’m a sucker for Canadian music, and the first 45 seconds of this song would make for a pretty kick ass goal song. There is something about that siren firing up at the beginning; it’s like okay everyone... it’s time to crank this thing up. The key to any goal song is the energy it produces in the fans that can be used by the players, right? Last time I checked, sirens got people’s attention.

“FIRE” by Raghav was my next option for the new goal song. I actually hadn’t heard the song until last week when I was at one of the WJC games. The song came on, and a fan beside me had said, “Now why don’t the Flames use this song?” Good question, I think. The song has an upbeat energy that is going to grab the fans attention. After all, your team just scored a goal; you probably want to build on that energy before the fans go back to their iPads and Blackberry’s. I think this would be an excellent choice for the Flames new goal song. “Fire” has an obvious correlation to the local hockey club; take a listen to the song because what really grabbed my attention was how the lyrics seem to gel with situations leading to goals, and the reactions from the fans.

As I listened a few times to it, I kept coming back to the energy I thought it provided. The one issue I had with it was the fact that goal songs typically aren’t very long clips, or are more looped instrumentals; so if that was more the case with Raghav, then I’d really like to see the Flames use it to come onto the ice at the start of each period. One added bonus is that Raghav is an artist from Calgary; the Flames are already such strong members of the community, what’s a better demonstration than to show support for a local musician.

“BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE” by The Used is one I’m going to have thrown in for good measure just to offset the chance of relegating “Fire”. It’s not the traditional version by the Talking Heads, which would be a suitable choice for me as well, but it is an interesting rendition that brings more of a raw energy to the crowd if used when the Flames score. I like this song because of what it suggests and the lyrics could easily become catchy to the fans that would have them singing, if not yelling “Burning down the House”, along with the song after each goal. Imagine the possible fan participation and interaction if the Flames could manage to run up the score on someone in the Dome. Could it be the next “Chelsea Dagger”?

Well there you have it. You might love our choices. You might hate them and think the three of us are completely off our rockers, and you’re correct in thinking that way, but I think we can all agree that all of our choices are better than that goddamn Barbara Streisand.

 

 

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Vintage Flame is a Calgary based sports junkie that prefers to call hockey a "religion" rather than an addiction. He believes there are two types of hockey fans. Those who cheer for the Flames, and those who don't understand the sport yet. Follow Vintage_Flame on Twitter
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#1 Luke Desroches
January 11 2012, 11:38AM
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Shot Down In Flames by AC/DC was the perfect song. I died a little when they replaced it :(

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#2 Bob in the Abbey
January 11 2012, 11:59AM
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Who's the smart-alec that voted for Ducksauce?

I know other teams use it, but I always thought Motorheads "The game" was a good intro song. If not for the fact some would find it offensive, I'd love to hear Godsmack's "Cry like a bitch" as our intro...just to get the smack going with the other team's fans.

Let's face it...just about anything would be better than Barbara Streisand for a goal song...unless it was a song actually sung by Babs.

Is anyone else bothered by the fact that the Flames scored 6 goals on 14 shots? I know, a win is a win and it's even better we got 6 goals (which means we had to listen to that damned song 6 times). It's the 14 shots that has me worried. Do you right it off as a one time thing or do recall the effort from last Thursday and start to wonder if something needs to be addressed?

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#3 walkinvisible
January 11 2012, 12:06PM
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is this a real post or a parody/"ha-ha i'm being a jerk" post ? cause i actually LIKE barbra streisand as a goal song but you don't allow me to listen to it here (aka: compare/contrast). it's better than the disco inferno of ol'. and GOOD LORD it's SOOO much better than the raghav option you've prsented. less light rock in the dome, not more please and thank you...

i think if you're going to be serious about this, you should point out exactly which 10 second segment of the song should be played post-goal.

i like the idea of a canadian band, but why not take it one step further and give us a CALGARY group ? the dudes, for example, would be stellar (first ten seconds here): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUrgWFqU_8E (plus, danny vacon is a canadian treasure).

**footnote: we all know that after a bourque goal, we should get "the swedish chef" and that after a giordano goal we should get "do it like a G.O." and the fuldans should go forever for iggy.

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#4 walkinvisible
January 11 2012, 12:07PM
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thinking about that dudes track a little more and want to point out that it makes you kinda wanna dance in your seat and clap and stuff. which makes it sortof stellar.

can it take on the winner of your poll ?

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#6 ville de champignons
January 11 2012, 12:37PM
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I would vote for anything that starts with "I am the GOD OF HELL FIRE, and I bring you FIRE!" Too bad that isn't an option.

We do need a new song, but how about a few more reasons to play said song....

Fell asleep during Pats show last night but did I hear correctly that the poster on the wall leading to the ice says "Every Game Matters"? This is the team motto??? This is what the Flames see just before they take to the ice??? Wow, hard to be more inspiring than that unless you go with

"Remember to look both ways before crossing the blue line." or "Let others play too. Try to pass the puck to everybody." or "Everyone try really hard. We might win this one. And if we do, we can be at .500! "

NO, the genius who came up with "Every Game Matters" is correct. Most inspiring words of all time for a mediocre hockey club. Wow. Unbelievable. WTF.

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#7 Domebeers.com
January 11 2012, 01:04PM
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I dont know why the poll doesnt have an 'other' option.

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#8 Domebeers.com
January 11 2012, 01:05PM
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Actually, WI post is pretty good. Less light rock, not more. And Do It Like A G.O. is what I listen to in my car anyways.

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#9 Smudged
January 11 2012, 01:27PM
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Well if you're looking with songs that you can adapt the meaning to suit the Flames then how 'bout:

Papa Roach - Burn [chorus] Don't try to deny it You cannot hide it Ill be ignited When I get to watch you burn Burn Burn I wanna watch you burn Burn Burn I wanna watch you burn You're gonna get what you deserve I wanna watch you burn

or

The Sucker Punch mashup/remake of I want it all Queen Feat. Armageddon Aka Geddy

Where the tag line kinda goes... I want it all and I want it right now

or if you're just looking for tunes with a catchy melody that the fans will chant, then how 'bout...

Shinedown - diamond eyes [chorus] Boom-Lay Boom-Lay BOOM! One push is all you'll need Boom-Lay Boom-Lay BOOM! A fist first philosophy Boom-Lay Boom-Lay BOOM! We watch with wounded eyes Boom-Lay Boom-Lay BOOM! So I hope you recognize

I'm on the front line Don't worry I'll be fine the story is just beginning I say goodbye to my weakness so long to the regret and now I see the world through diamond eyes

or

Dog Days are Over Florence & the Machine [chorus] The dog days are over The dog days are done The horses are coming So you better run

Run fast for your mother run fast for your father Run for your children for your sisters and brothers Leave all your love and your longing behind you Can't carry it with you if you want to survive

The dog days are over The dog days are done Can you hear the horses 'Cause here they come

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#10 Dr. Nick
January 11 2012, 02:20PM
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My choice would be New Noise by Refused. Hell, they even have people cheering in the song, so it just screams of a song to get people going, whether after a goal or after finishing dinner.

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#11 SmellOfVictory
January 11 2012, 02:34PM
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I always assumed the choice of Barbara Streisand for the Flames' goal song was as sort of a taunt to annoy opponents when they score, like Chelsea Dagger for the Hawks.

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#12 Bob in the Abbey
January 11 2012, 03:09PM
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@ Smudged

How about Shinedown's "Sound of Madness". I like the opening for that, but would be better as an intro. Just remembered a worse goal song than Barbara Streisand but don't know the actual name of the song but we all know it. The one the Roughnecks used last year and that they gave to Team Canada during the Juniors. I HATE that song cause it sticks in your brain.

I highly doubt everyone will be happy with any song that is used. I figure to odds of that happening are roughly 56,189,391 to 1. Would that be pretty accurate VF?

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#13 schevvy
January 11 2012, 03:22PM
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Be better VF...be better

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#14 Peter
January 11 2012, 03:27PM
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My problem with Barbra Streisand is that its really only just the same two-bar verse. Repeating. For up to a minute and sum. It gets old. Fast.

If you've been fortunate enough to attend a four of five goal game, you'll start to get annoyed.

Fuldans is an absolute gem and should be played outright for every Iginla goal straight away.

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#17 schevvy
January 11 2012, 04:17PM
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DON'T STOP BELIEVIN' BY JOURNEY. DONE

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#18 Captain Ron
January 11 2012, 05:11PM
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I would have voted for the Arthur Brown tune "I AM THE GOD OF HELLFIRE" had it been on the list. Could be a good one if mixed properly for a short goal song. Of course I was growing up in that era....sigh

With that said I think the song by Deer Tick could get some legs.

I'm with everyone who doesn't get why AC DC's "Shot Down in Flames" got mothballed either. Makes no sense.

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#19 maddady
January 11 2012, 05:29PM
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I still have no idea why they replaced "Shot Down In Flames". If there ever was a perfect song it is that one. I think that you should stick to rock not dance music, dance gets old too fast. If they don't want ACDC how about The Hives - Tick Tick Boom.

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#20 bookofloob
January 11 2012, 06:00PM
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What is this, a democracy? (vote aside)

Go write your own blogs if you want to pick different options :)

That said, valid points. I reject them all.

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#21 SmellOfVictory
January 11 2012, 06:05PM
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Goal song nominee: Tub Thumping by Chumbawumba

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#22 Smudged
January 11 2012, 06:33PM
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@Bob in the Abbey

Yup that's a great choice too! You're right about the intro. Great strong beat. Good lyrics too.

Here's links to the first two choices I listed in my earlier post. My bad for not including them.

http://t.co/3pzhb6Yl - Papa Roach - Burn

http://youtu.be/eRX2bx3LHkw - Queen I want it all mashup

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#23 KetchupKid
January 11 2012, 06:58PM
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Under NO circumstances should The Used's cover of Burning Down the House be on the table before the original. The Talking Heads' version (the original) is bad ass and would make an excellent choice.. Maybe I'm getting old but that emo cover isn't half as rowdy and it's mixed weird.

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#24 First Name Unidentified
January 11 2012, 07:50PM
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CANNIBAL CORPSE babyyyy.

I vote for this Metallica Cover "No Remorse" performed by Cannibal Corpse.

AWESOME!

Anyone who loves heavy metal/death metal should watch this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOdT8YUHbqw&feature=related

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#25 schevvy
January 11 2012, 08:16PM
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So...how about we go with Ode to Joy! Beethoven's 9th, absolutely perfect! Right?

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#26 TheWinColumn
January 11 2012, 10:03PM
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Since every team seems to use the exact same powerplay song, I think the Flames should take a page out of the Blackhawks' book and use a Fratellis track as their goal song. Not "Chelsea Dagger", but "Flathead". Just as catchy, if not catchier, and it would definitely get the crowd going nuts after a goal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fz2ZDeTYgTs

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#27 Mitch2
January 11 2012, 11:18PM
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@KetchupKid

I am the total opposite on this and I am old.

The original is 80s. Don't get me wrong, it has its place. But good song or not, it has a soft feel to it. Like a lot of 80s music. If you are going for the happy, fun and quirky feeling after a goal. Ok...

I like the words in the song, the theme in it and when I heard the strong version from the Used, I was like wow! Now that song has balls and some serious edge to it.

It has a a hard edge I like. It got my vote and as much I am ok with the Talking Heads song in general, I would not support such a throw back for a goal song.

Just my take...

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#28 joey joe joe jr shabadoo
January 11 2012, 11:49PM
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they're actually called ducksauce? wtf?

Never a good idea to open this topic up for public comment/debate.

Rage against the Machine? the prodigy? their music sucks so bad. it sucks so so badly. they were awful in the 90's and it's not any better 10-15 years later. Both those bands should go fade away from the collective memory and never be heard from again, much like that other god awful band the flames used to play, evenesence.

the worst thing the flames could do is rely on a hand full of people to choose a song that is 'cool'.

just play some AC/DC song with the word fire or flames in it and call it a day. It's a hockey game, not a show.

How do you think we ended up with ducksauce in the first place?

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#30 Bob in the Abbey
January 12 2012, 08:00AM
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Another thought for the Flames goal song...if they're being particularly aggressive, would be the chorus of Alice Cooper's "No more Mr. Nice Guy!"

I love the idea of contributing to the Oilers as well. When they score maybe play "Oops I did it again." I think for their intro it would be fitting to hear "Loser" by Beck...or is that too obvious??

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#32 Bob in the Abbey
January 12 2012, 10:01AM
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Vintage Flame wrote:

Loser would be awesome as their opening period song.

How about "Get a haircut and get a real job" by George Thorogood?

Great suggestion...but maybe Edmonton Council wants that one for the City Anthem.

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#33 Superillbomb
January 12 2012, 10:52AM
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Why not just cut out the "I am the God of hellfire, and I bring you fire" and kick into 'Firestarter' by The Prodigy?

I'm sure that vocal sample alone would be enough to get under the skin of any opposing player.

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#34 Derzie
January 12 2012, 12:35PM
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Motorhead 'Eat the Rich' when the Flames score. Anything by Pat Boone when the opposition scores.

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