A total of 108941 supporters flocked through the gates of the Cape Town Stadium last weekend and were treated to a try per minute during a highly successful second installment of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens.
Whilst attending the tournament I opened a wonderful debate about music and theme tunes.
The blitzbokke use ‘Thunderstruck’ by AC/DC, released off ‘Razor’s Edge’ in 1990. ‘Thunderstruck’ is the type of music that was made for brewing up storms. With an unforgettable opening guitar riff, and the hard-bit growl of lead singer Bryan Johnson setting the tone, ‘Thunderstruck’ brings an absolutely electric energy to any setting. It is a wonderful song, but surely we should be looking to the SA Playlist to find a theme for this highly successful team.
We’re not talking using Clegg’s ‘Impi’ again, but rather find a new piece.
American sports events are so good at using songs to create the mood in the stadium and their playlist consists of songs such as:
• ‘Victory’ by Puff Daddy, The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes.
• The Rolling Stones serves as the perfect background music to get the action going. ‘If you start me up, I’ll never stop,’ lead singer Mick Jagger proclaims in ‘Start Me Up’.
• ‘Seven Nation Army’ by The White Stripes, which the World Cup-winning Italian team adopted as its unofficial anthem during their championship run.
• ‘Song 2’ by Blur. Fans first took notice of the song when it was used as the title music for EA Sports’ ‘FIFA: Road to World Cup 98’.
• ‘Sweet Caroline’ by Neil Diamond is a stadium anthem that’s specific to the Boston Red Sox, but its playing during the eighth inning at Fenway has become so iconic that it’s basically impossible to leave it off this list.
• ‘The Final Countdown’ from Swedish glam rock band, Europe.
• House of Pain Produced by Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs, ‘Jump Around’ became a huge hit in 1992 for its high-energy vibes, and demands for you to get hyped.
• ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ by Guns N’ Roses. On a pure intimidation level, few anthems can stand up to what Axl Rose and his band brought to the table with ‘Welcome to the Jungle’. As a fan, there’s really no better way to try and rattle another team than telling them, ‘You’re in the jungle, baby!’
• ‘Eye of the Tiger’ by Survivor is the king of cheesy sports anthems.
• ‘Lose Yourself’ by Eminem .The song has since gone quintuple platinum, and netted five Grammy nominations, as well as the Academy Award for Best Original Song. It’s popularity in stadiums traces back to 2003, when the English national rugby union team used it as their pump-up song in the lead-up to their World Cup Final match against Australia. They would, of course, go on to win the test against the Aussies.
• ‘We Are the Champions’, Queen. When the confetti is falling, and the champagne is flowing, this will always be the anthem that you hear the winning team play. It’s simple, it’s catchy, and it makes the most important thing clear: we are the champions.
• ‘Sirius/Eye in the Sky’ by Alan Parsons Project .If there’s one song that defines the mystique of the Chicago Bulls dynasty, this is it, as used during the pre-game intros for the teams.
• Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’. As soon as anyone hears that… It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the song took off in stadiums, but we do know that it’s going to be around for years to come. This one has been, and always will be, a classic.
So let’s try putting an SA playlist together for 2017, shall we.
Gig of the week
Prime Circle “Stripped”
Sunday, December 18
Touring extensively, Prime Circle has been continuously raising the bar in efforts to go beyond their already legendary, world-famous live performances and their three-piece “Stripped” tour is no exception.
Fans of ‘Hello’, ‘Breathing’ and more recently ‘Ghosts’ will get to experience Ross, Dale and Neil unpacking their plethora of hits, all stripped bare and delivered raw, exposing the root of the songs and their stories.
Guaranteed to delight, don’t wait to book for what promises to be a highlight on The Franschhoek Cellar calendar.
Book tickets at thefranschhoekcellar.co.za, or www.webtickets.co.za.
Lunch (not included – call 021 876 2086 to book a table) will be served from 12noon. Prime Circle performs from 3pm.