June 16, 2008

The Soundtrack to the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Ooops. For some reason I forgot to post this. This will be my last hockey related post for at least 8 months. Promise.

As a music fan I couldn't help but take note of what songs were played during the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year. Every city has their own style and collection of material; with only a few overlapping songs played at each arena. For those of you who aren't sports fans (like me 99.9% of the time), each place that hosts a sporting event has someone who DJs short clips of music when the game play is paused. For example in hockey music will be played when the teams are preparing for a face off. The music tends to be riff heavy; inspiring, comedic, or energy building.

Here are some examples of the music played over the past month of playoff games: Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Blur, Kiss, Tom Petty, Green Day, Hendrix, Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop, Quiet Riot, Social Distortion, Led Zep, Van Halen, The Ramones, The Clash, The Kingsmen, Gnarls Barkley, INXS, Men Without Hats, and various theme music from familiar favorites like Star Wars, Jaws, and the Lone Ranger. And what is it with almost every arena playing Have Nagila anyway?

I heard a lot of great music oddly enough during this year's playoffs (I knew I liked hockey for a reason) but my top 3 songs all happen to be from one Pittsburgh game:

1) Basement Jaxx - Where's Your Head At (penalty call)
2) Helmet - Unsung (face off)
3) Fugazi - Waiting Room (player sent to the penalty box)

Here is a link to general hockey playlists broken down by style, game play, point in game, and special situations.


For you Washington Capital fans out there, check out this link; you can relive the best of 2007/2008. These are the key songs they played at the Verizon centter this past season.


1 comment:

  1. I used to go to a lot of Ranger games and they always played Manic Street Preachers. I am a fan of the olde tyme organ for that classic hockey rink sound.