Best version of Fight Song ever?

Submitted by SeekingSun on May 4th, 2015 at 1:13 PM

https://www.facebook.com/scott.orr.94/videos/10206013423995295/

 

Listen to this! What happens when 22 talented UMich musical theatre grads sing their version of the University of Michigan fight song at their graduation party. Awesome!

Posted by Scott Orr on Sunday, May 3, 2015

 

Gave me chills.  Someone else smarter than me can probably figure out how to imbed a video from Facebook....

 

EDIT: Changed previous topic title because of negative criticism.  Thought the Hail & Unite  reference was funny, but apparently it touched too many mgoblog raw nerves.

Comments

DrewGOBLUE

May 4th, 2015 at 2:20 PM ^

That was definitely pretty neat.

It was always fun to hear the different musical clubs/organizations perform The Victors. They all seemed to have their own variation and never failed to impress.

For anyone else that particularly enjoys the piano, this person does a very nice job.

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skurnie

May 4th, 2015 at 2:40 PM ^

Listen to this! What happens when 22 talented UMich musical theatre grads sing their version of the University of Michigan fight song at their graduation party. Awesome!

Posted by Scott Orr on Sunday, May 3, 2015

Austin Blue

May 4th, 2015 at 4:37 PM ^

If the U of M Marketing Department doesn't get these grads to cut a copy of this song for an advertisement they should lose their jobs tomorrow. Let's see - Version of song people will actually listen to when ads come on during football game. Check. Singers are young, attractive, and diverse group who are all Michigan grads. Check. Best of all, singers are all recent grads who would likely work CHEAP just to get something on their resume. Check. Unless there are problems clearing the copyright for this song, I don't see a downside here

Austin Blue

May 4th, 2015 at 5:21 PM ^

Copyright to the underlying work (The Victors) shouldn't be a problem - the copyright to the song itself is probably in the public domain.  But the copyright to this version of The Victors (a derivative work of the original song) could be a problem.  U of M would need a license from the author(s) of this version (either expressed or statutory). 

BiSB

May 4th, 2015 at 6:17 PM ^

Michigan owns any copyrights in the underlying work (which I'm assuming are in the public domain anyway), and presumably these kids would own the copyright in this derivative they (I'm assuming) created. Is the tune yanked from an existing broadway piece somehow?

East German Judge

May 4th, 2015 at 5:16 PM ^

That was freaking AWESOME!  Definitely got chills followed by a little teary eyed, these are people, like most all of us, who love our school - alums, fans all of us!  This was truly sung with an enthusiam unknown to mankind.  Just eff'in wow!

03 Blue 07

May 4th, 2015 at 7:05 PM ^

Unpopular Opinion Alert: I wasn't a fan of the version linked by the OP. Greatly prefer the original and almost every other version I've heard. Something about the show tunes vibe seemed to trivialize the song for me. To each their own, though. For my money, the best nontraditional version of The Victors is the UM Health Service instrumental version posted above by another commenter.

pharker

May 4th, 2015 at 7:43 PM ^

Holmes is the arranger - the one given credit when I've seen this version performed elsewhere. He is a U-M BFA '11, if I recall correctly. He was part of the "StarKid" troupe that made the hilarous "Very Potter Musical" parodies when they were students, and he's now playing Elder Cunningham in one of the touring casts of "Book of Mormon"

Go Blue! 

Magnus

May 4th, 2015 at 8:52 PM ^

The answer to the question: 

No.

The people in the video have great voices, it's an interesting arrangement, it's fun, it's energetic, etc. But they turned it into a Broadway tune, like it's "Rent" or "Wicked." The fight song as written by Louis Elbel was intended differently, and the great John Philip Sousa touted its greatness. 

steve sharik

May 4th, 2015 at 10:37 PM ^

 

Don't know how the rights worked, but the very album used to be something like "Mr. Touchdown, USA!" It's the Revelli-led Marching band doing a number of fight songs and patriotic songs, and that version of "The Victors" is my favorite.

 

BayWolves

May 8th, 2015 at 6:18 PM ^

This is excellent, awesome, and most glorious. Who is the wet blanket control freak nut-tard who said this can't be posted? Boo that man!