I was admittedly skeptical about the piped in music when I heard about it and cringed when I heard we played Sweet Caroline at the WMU game. I decided I'd withhold judgment until I saw it in person at the ND game. After seeing it in person I will say that I am now in support of the piped in music. The atmosphere at the game was incredible and the music definitely got the those not in the student section up on their feet and cheering moreso than what they would have done otherwise. I've been to a lot of big home games over the past 10 years or so ('97 ND, '97 OSU, '02 Washington, '03 Ohio St., '04 MSU, '05 Penn St) and the atmosphere at the game Saturday was better than any of them.
I thought they were judicious with the use of the piped in music and it was not excessive at all. I was not thrilled with the selection - particularly Journey Don't Stop Believin and White Stripes' Seven Nation Army as those are very cliched and overplayed. Eminem's Lose Yourself, on the other hand, was all kinds of awesome, the student section went nuts for it.
They need to work on queuing up the songs so that you get the good part of the song (in Lose Yourself, they played it a couple times but didn't get past the piano intro part). They played them at the right part of the game for the most part and it had a tangible effect on crowd participation.
The notion that the band can play the songs is absurd - you literally cannot hear the band in large portions of the stadium.
I do have a couple of song suggestions:
- Eminem's Welcome to Detroit City
- Coheed and Cambria - Welcome Home