Leading Them On

Cam Davie
September 23 2010 11:51AM

 

Do you love it, or hate it? Does it get you feeling excited and pumped up or do you simply ignore it?

I'm talking about the Canucks Entrance Song, Where the Streets Have No Name. It's the song that's played as they take to the ice for warm-up before each game. And there seems to be some debate, albeit all in fun, about the effectiveness of the classic U2 track as a warm-up song.

For as much as I like (nay LOVE) that song, it's time as a pump-up track has come to end.

Don't get me wrong. I love Where the Streets Have No Name. And when I watch Canucks games on TV, I get goosebumps from time to time when the starting chords warm up and come to life. It's great. However, isn't it kind of irrelevant what the fans think of the song?

Isn't the entrance song supposed to evoke a little fear, uncertainty and doubt into their opponents while riling up their own players? While it might give the Canucks players a little rise, I don't think it does anything to instill panic into the hearts of the other team.

While I hate to give props to anything related to the Chicago Blackhawks, their entrance song (Ted Nugent's Stranglehold) is friggin' awesome. It's ballsy, loud and menacing. Perfect.

So I came up with a list of 10 songs that would be a better choice than their current entrance song.

Cochise - Audioslave. Nice and loud and gets the blood pumping.

Money City Maniacs. It starts with a blistering siren and some great guitar chords. I've always liked this track to get me started.

Welcome to the Jungle - Guns n Roses. Sure it's a bit cliche, but dammit it rulez. 

The Shock of the Lightning - Oasis. Loud and fast-paced and relentless. Just the way the Canucks are gonna play all year.

Use It - The New Pornographers. Also, loud, fast-paced and relentless. Not quite as hard-hitting as some of the others, but The Pornos are local kids. Ya gotta give some love for that.

Guerilla Radio or Bulls On Parade - Rage Against the Machine. Their songs are anthems for class struggles and defending rights and freedoms. They also double as kick-ass entrance songs. Bulls on Parade would be especially fitting as the Canucks fight their way through to the Stanley Cup.

Running With The Devil - Van Halen. Like Welcome to the Jungle, it's a bit cliche and out of date. But it's a powerhouse song.

Joker & The Thief - Wolfmother. It's just a fantastic amp-up song. Plus it makes me think of The Hangover when Alan is taking down the casino for 80 large. The Canucks will steal wins and hopefully sneak away with the Cup this year.

 

Do you have any other suggestions? Hit me with them!

 

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Cam was born in Greater Vancouver, raised in Greater Vancouver, and lives in Greater Vancouver. So, yes, he's from Vancouver. He attended his first Vancouver Canucks game on Dec 26th, 1980 and has bled orange/black/red/blue+green ever since. You can reach him on Twitter @tinfoiltuque or on e-mail at tinfoiltuque(at)gmail(dot)com.
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#1 VanCityHockey
September 23 2010, 12:30PM
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I vote to keep Streets.

But if I must suggest another song, Atreyu - Doomsday.

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#2 camcharron
September 23 2010, 12:41PM
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This isn't pro wrestling. An entrance song doesn't need to scare your opponent. The Chicago Bulls of the 90s pulled out the Alan Parsons Project when they were introducing their lineups.

I like Streets because it gives me goosebumps. It's familiar. It's identity.

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#3 Steve_May
September 23 2010, 12:44PM
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Keep Streets - the Canucks need to keep something a tradition.

But Holiday as goal song was a low-rent try at a Chelsea Dagger thing.

And don't even think about Song 2 - that's played out.

I would think some old school Van Halen might work for a goal song - would lead into those Diamond Dave "Woo"'s nicely....the end runs in Beautiful Girls might work.

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#6 Malandro
September 23 2010, 01:54PM
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If you want to give fear to the other guys, put on a voodoo rite live.

Most of the guys even like "scary" songs, so they don't serve their purpose.

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#7 The Naked Robber
September 28 2010, 12:57PM
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U2 is great if you're pushing past 40, have a couple of fat, snot nosed kids and have replaced your sex life with a minivan that smells like Fruitloops farts.

We need something new.

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