I disagree on the Seven Nation Army point. I always made fun of Ohio State fans for taking a band from Detroit's song and making it one of their most popular cheers. That's a hell of a long way from Woody driving buses back to Toledo during The Game so that they didn't have to spend any money in Michigan.
Pop Evil endorsed by Michigan Players?
This whole "the players like it" thing is getting old and silly. What do you expect them to say? Of course they won't publicly say that Pop Evil sucks, RAWK doesn't belong in Michigan Stadium, or the throwback uniforms were stupid and disappointing.
These kinds of claims mean nothing.
I'm 32, male, raised on Varsity / Temptation / Hawaiian War Chant, and I like it. But, as I've gotten older, I've become equally as likely to listen to Lady Gaga / Katy Perry as I am to try to find new indie / alt rock. If you're listening to music and worrying about how it will make you look or what other people think about your tastes, you're doing it wrong. Listen for something that you enjoy and makes your day better. There's no need to make it so complicated and important.
I'm fascinated by this. So you used to listen to indie/alt rock, and now you like Katy Perry? It's hard for me to dismiss this as merely trying to hold onto your youth, since you could always just con tinue to find new bands in other genres to accomplish that, I'd think.
Actually, I can sort of deal with Lady Gaga - in a vaccuum, if I never heard people shriek about how creative and talented she is, her music would be perfectly inoffensive pop. (She's like the Tebow of music - she's maybe a little bit annoying on her own merits, but I can't fucking stand her because people won't - or wouldn't, for a while - shut their bleeding yaps about her. I digress.)
But Katy Perry, really? What, would you say, do you like about her music?
For me there are really only two things that stand out about Katy Perry.
I realize this is days old, but not to ignore a direct question...
I don't really know what I like about her music. I don't think I'm likely to go to a concert or pay for any of it, but if I'm scanning through Sirius and end up with that Extra Terrestrial song or I Kissed a Girl (I am still disappointed that wasn't a Jill Sobule cover), I'll probably leave it on and enjoy it. It's easy, catchy, gets stuck in your head...
0:46-0:51 speaks for itself.
What with Maryland's uniforms (and new FUKKIN WARRIORZ uniforms all over the country really), Pop Evil and other rawk music, and whatever else is going into college football these days, I think we've basically established that all you have to do is throw a bunch of flashy shit into the eyes of 17-year-olds, whether or not it's classy or tacky as fuck, and 4 out of 5 will like it as long as it's different than the flashy shit that was thrown into their eyes last week.
This has always struck me as an issue about which people will differ and it's not really worth getting het up over. Sure, I'll chuckle over a few funny comments about how dreadful some of us find it, but it's not the kind of thing I'd draw a line in the sand over. Or dedicate a lot of main page entries to, either.
Start a petition about having crushed ice rather than cubes in the stadium drinks, I'll quit my job and start a foundation over THAT issue! But a song? No.
Nothing better than the tiny little ice "pellets" Taco Bell used to have.
Is the truth
Mike Martin plays to the music of breaking bones
I like the song - hate the band and all that and would rather of not known who produced it. I'm in section 16 and haven't heard a negative comment about it.
I do not like when they play it just before the team comes out of the tunnel and then quickly get to The Victors. That sucks..
Whether you like it or don't bears no relevance on whether it should or should not ever be played in the Big House.
If a football player needs to hear Pop Evil in order to get excited to play in the Big House, then they suck as a football player.
There is a difference between "when i take the field, that song really pumps me up" vs. "without this song, I am meh about playing my best for this team."
...which I just don't happen to like. But that's taste, and it doesn't matter.
It's just that canned music in Michigan stadium irks me. I mean, if the band wants to play it, that would be pretty funny, and I'd be all for that.
Honestly, I don't want anyone's musical tastes, whether they're for or against it, having anything to do with what happens inside Michigan stadium on a football Saturday.
We already have a beautiful song written by Louis Elbel. Blare that if things are needin' to be blared.
Our band, if asked, would probably be willing to play other things too!
I rarely post and haven't in a while but this issue really annoys me.
I actually enjoy some moderate piped in music (especially pumping up fans while we're on D), but this song is an absolute abomination and needs to be killed immediately. Are we going to start playing songs from any band that plays out of their mom's garage just because it talks about Michigan?
I think this is one issue that can unify the fanbase. Everyone I talk to HATES this song. Players can't get everything they want. If they love it so much, they can put it on their iPod or watch the video on YouTube. Just don't force me and 110,000 others to listen to this garbage.
Let me further clarify that this is not a "kids these days" rant. This song is simply that bad and is an embarrassment on the level of "We are ND" or, say, having "The Situation" on our sideline. In my opinion, it just seems way too busch league for the winningest program in college football.
Suppose you were a player who didn't like the song. Suppose you were even in the majority. Would you want to be "that guy" who directly contradicted the official statement of the athletic department to the media?
Didn't think so...
Obviously we just need to use The Get Up Kids as pump up music. Last winter Anne Arbour was all I had.
Hey at least this band named themselves accurately.
Here's the problem with that song - it would've been maybe a little too corny, but ultimately well-suited to its purpose ... in 1995. It sounds immensely dated. It sounds like a middle-aged, white, marketing executive's vision of what is cool and young and fresh (yes, these are the terms such a person would use.)
Now, there's some RAWK from the 90s that would be perfectly hype-inducing. There's RAWK from many eras that have transcended their particular era to be adrenaline-encouraging songs for decades. But when you take something that sounds like a C-grade temporary hit even before the utterly inane, middle-school level lyrics, it fucking sucks. That's all.
This is getting to be pretty funny. Mgoblog is great for sports info, but maybe not so much for pop culture. DB gave us Hoke, who is working out well. He gave us the night game, which was a pleasant evening affair. He gave us the "throwback uniforms" that were mercilessly critiqued on here until y'all realized the players and recruits loved them. Now we are hearing the players and students like this song (which I personally don't mind). When can we give DB a little credit for knowing what he is doing? Based on the previous examples pop evils record will go platinum (maybe a little /s on that last bit).
I find it very hard to believe that Dave Brandon has anything to do with deciding what RAWK music will be played at the stadium. If he does, he doesn't have enough work to do.
I have a degree in old-school pop culture from U of M.
Personally, I'm not in love with the song, but I don't know why people hate it more than the other piped-in songs, like "Welcome to the Jungle." It's at least Michigan-specific.
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I would guess it probably does, if not better
the Notre Dame game, everyone around me seemed to enjoy the song. That honestly was the first time I have ever heard it, but It seemed to have a pump up feel to it. If the players want to hear it and it pumps them up, then blast it for them.
They could have played Celine Dion (sp?) at that game and people would have been pumped up. The occasion was electric - the PA and music "director" could do no wrong that night.
Are people unable to separate things they like from those that belong in the stadium?
I happen to hate the song but that is irrelevant. My favorite genre is punk rock but I sure as hell don't want punk rock playing at the Big House. As much as I love Phish concerts I wouldn't want a Phish show at halftime.
Similar thing with jerseys. Go ahead and get on the Maryland and Oregon bandwagons (I happen to hate those as well). You are free to like those styles and not want to see our players sporting crazy uniforms. It doesn't make you a hypocrite or anything.
Dave Brandon et al continue to run our "brand" into the ground. I hate that brand management and money seem to be the only motivating factors for the guy. He is one loathsome dude.
Given your choice of username, I'm going to guess that your beef with Brandon is rooted in something a little different than the music selection at the games. Are you really this worked up over the song, or is this a bit of displaced frustration over your favorite coach being let go?
That's completely ridiculous and unfair. So if someone liked Rich Rodriguez, the only reason they might ever have to criticize Dave Brandon is because Rodriguez was fired, and not on the merits of the criticism itself? How very quasi-Freudian.
I hate the song. I HATE the song. But the players like it. The students like it. Whether some market-savvy dog groomers hatched a plot in conjunction with the Market Buzzology Department or not is debateable, but the swell itself is rising from within the student body.
As did the Marching Band, originally.
As did The Victors, originally.
As did Football, originally.
I think the best thing the U could do, instead of uttering occaisional official inanities on the subject, pretending to be leading the Parade, or sprinkling imprimateurs, would be to hand it to the MMB and see what the MMB's always-brilliant arrangers could do.
When I was that age I remember the Marching Band on the field with a rock combo at halftime with at least one amplifier set up on the 50 (and a band guy rotating it around and around like a Leslie speaker or the Perdue drum). I remember them doing some work with Frank Zappa.
And most importantly, I remember how ultimately cool I felt being with the old stogie-chomping fogies in the good seats with my Dad while they sat scowling and I stood, singing, while the MMB tore up EARTH WIND AND FIRE. This is, and always will be Funky Michigan, Fer Godsakes. If you don't feel it, it's time to pass the torch.
Does anyone else remember circa 1998 or 9, there was an attempt to market a Big House rock song? They sold CD's of the damn thing at the MDen and such, the whole works. And it was massively shot down because it was just as bad as this thing is...
Look. It's a bad song.
It is neither the first nor last time a stadium will play a shitty song.
This shitty song will not un-do anything that Michigan represents. It is a shitty song perfect for blending seamlessly into the crap ESPN plays going into and out of commercial breaks. No more.
It's a sign of the apocalypse. MSU fans should similarly accept that the Jersey shore clown showing up at thier stadium is also a sign of impending doom.
Night game jerseys = pop evil
Supposedly the players liked the night game jerseys, too. I don't believe that they liked the jerseys or the song. No one could.
Settle down it's not that bad..I'm not saying I'd bump it in my car,but before the game hell yeah...
Mike Martin posted it to his You Tube channel so I think its safe to say he endorses it.
I'm 39 and like the song, purely from a michigan pump up theory. I have to think if Mike likes it then there are plenty of other players that do as well.
I LOVE this song, you can't help but get pumped everytime you listen to it. It is now my ringtone.
I'm out of the closet. I love this song. I do.
Maybe more importantly, my 10 year old loves this song and video (yeah, which says something about the song probably). We live in Korea and don't get much UM - so when I see him on YouTube playing the video, I'm 100% down with this song.
I was at the SDSU game last Saturday and last year, I attended the Bowling Green game. A couple of observations:
1. The volume and sound quality of the new speakers in the videoboards compared to last year is night and day. Not only was it louder, it was also much clearer to my 50-year old ears.
2. In terms of building up noise during the game, I actually thought the MMB percussion section was more effective than the rawk music. If you were on the opposing team, that drumming has to be way more annoying than Seven Nation Army.
3. I was seated in the section next to the students and was very impressed with their responses to the rawk music, including "In the Big House". Now I'm not normally someone who likes this stuff, but it was obvious to me that they were really feeding off of this.
4. This isn't high art we're talking about here--it's music that's used to pump up a stadium crowd. If you're expecting a rock opera or the equivalent of the Beatles white album in terms of originality, then you're likely to be disappointed.
5. For the venue that it's designed for, "In the Big House" does exactly what it's designed to do--no more and no less. The MMB certainly contributed its fair share to the overall entertainment in the stadium, and as I mentioned in (2) above, that incessant drumming was noisier than hell. Based on what I observed last Saturday, I think they have roughly the right balance between the band and the rawk music.
6. The tune and the video is growing on me--I have to admit it. Goodness knows it's way, way better than that "We are Notre Dame" song/video.
7. All the marketing things (video introductions, etc.) that go into the game day experience are fine, but in the end, what gets the crowd really fired up is what happens on the field. There was a great buzz in the stands thru much of the first half, but it got sucked right out of the crowd with the poor play in the third quarter and kind of picked up again in the fourth. You can bring in all the rawk music and parachutists and fireworks you want, but it all falls short if the team doesn't win or isn't playing well.