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Every day until Opening Day, Scratchbomb presents three tunes that are completely, unequivocally inappropriate for use as major league walk-up music.
These are not necessarily bad songs–although that
certainly helps. They are merely songs that don’t evoke the fear and dread one traditionally associates with the walk-up song. In fact, they evoke the exact opposite.
Imagine yourself in the on-deck circle. Bottom of the 9th. Down by one. Man on second, two out. You hear the PA system blare, The centerfielder, number 20… The crowd roars at the sound of your name. And as you stroll to the batter’s box, you are greeted with the strains of one of these songs:
* “Footography”, Foot Patrol
My pal Mikey J alerted me to the existence of Foot Patrol a while back. They’re a group fronted by talented blind multi-instrumentalist T.J. Wade. He’s kinda like Stevie Wonder–if Stevie Wonder had a foot fetish and sang about it in every song he wrote. Seriously, Foot Patrol bills itself “the only foot fetish funk band in existence”.
Thing is, their songs honestly rock. So I can totally imagine some baseball player hearing one of these songs and thinking it sounds good enough for his walk up song, without knowing the backstory (although Wade’s lyrics leave absolutely nothing to the imagination). Don’t believe me? Here’s a sample:
According my friend, Foot Patrol burned down the house the time he
saw them in Austin, and the crowd begged for an encore, but they had
exhausted all their original material. So the band came back out and
played a ridiculously good cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Mr. Crowley”. Wow.
* “Nothing Left Inside”, Black Flag
I wanted to pick something from My War/Slip It In-era Flag, but a most of it is super-aggressive and might actually work as walk-up music. Except for this song. A lot like the PiL tune I picked earlier, I think it would just make everyone in the stadium feel wrong and uncomfortable. And fear for their lives.
* “The Blood”, The Cure
I guess most Cure songs would be inappropriate. But you have to give special consideration to a Spanish-themed anti-Christian song. True story: Once upon a time, when I was a Jehovah’s Witness, all the other teens I knew in the congregation loved The Cure. Figure out that one, if you dare.