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Hey! You! Get out of my Tank
Say goodbye to Rock n Roll Part 2
8/20/15 - By Mike Lee -

After 25 years, some things do change. Like the music you hear after goals. The Sharks sent an email to season ticket holders on Thursday, notifying them that they are headed in a different direction this season when it comes to the music they'll be piping in to the SAP Center after every Sharks goal. Gary Glitter's long standing anthem, Rock n Roll Part 2 is going the way of the DoDo Bird at SAP next season.

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, achieved notoriety of the heinous variety in 1997 for a sex offense. He was jailed in 1999 for possession of child pornography, and in 2006 for sexual abuse on a child. He was jailed yet again earlier this year for the latter offense.

The Sharks flirted with the idea of eliminating the music during their goal celebrations several years ago, but were rebuffed by fans who insisted on it continuing to be a part of the in-game experience. Glitter's latest conviction was apparently the last straw for the Sharks, who are now actively querying season ticket holders to choose from five options they came up with.

Rock n Roll Part 2 became a hit because of its catchy beat the boisterous cries of "hey" that incite celebration (as if scoring wasn't enough) among hockey fans around the NHL.

The decision by the Sharks brass comes on the heels of former Subway Sandwich spokesman Jared Fogel's plea-deal on 14 counts of sexual assault on a minor earlier this week. The public scrutiny of Fogel's actions and subsequent sentencing have rehashed the Glitter issue. The Sharks appeared to be preemptive in their decision to distance themselves from the issue altogether.

The move is a reasonable one, but the replacement options they are proposing simply stink. They are neither anthems or celebratory. They are not classic or timeless. To be frank they stick.

Hers is what they're proposing as replacements:

Goal Song Option #1
Title: Holiday
Artist: Green Day (Extended Hey Hey version)
See it & hear it in this: Goal Mock Up

Goal Song Option #2
Title: Electric Worry
Artist: Clutch
See it & hear it in this: Goal Mock Up

Goal Song Option #3
Title: Burn It To The Ground
Artist: Nickelback
See it & hear it in this: Goal Mock Up

Goal Song Option #4
Title: WWE - Break Away (Adam Rose)
Artist: CFO$
See it & hear it in this: Goal Mock Up

Goal Song Option #5
Title: Uprising
Artist: Muse
See it & hear it in this: Goal Mock Up

So the theme here is, include something with the word "hey" in the limited set of lyrics. If that's all it takes, why not simply throw out the "Hey, Hey, Hey!" chant from the end of Van Halen's "Ain't Talkin Bout Love"?

Of course, there's also "ohohohohoh" (Listen). All fans are doing is high-fiving and spilling their beer on each other anyway. This would fit the bill. The guitar intro to the Scorpions "Zoo" or AC/DC's "Thunderstruck is also good filler.

If you're simply trying to whip the crowd into a frenzy, there's always "Seven Nation Army" by the White Stripes, "Welcome to the Jungle" from Guns n Roses (imagine pummeling Dustin Brown right before bagging a game winner..."I wanna watch you bleed!"). "Song 2" from Blur is another stadium anthem that could fit in nicely with the gap that now fills SAP Center. Avicii's "Levels" or "Bangarang" from Skrillex are miles ahead of the 5 stinkers on the ballot.

Then there's always the cheese-ball approach. How about some "Final Countdown" by Europe. Let the Head-banging begin. Van Halen's "Jump" maybe...OK, maybe not.

Whatever they choose, it can't be one of the five duds that are currently on the ballot. Nothing will replace the euphoric bliss that Rock n Roll Part 2 brought to Shark goals. Of course, if the Sharks repeat the scoring pace they set last season, who cares what they pick. We won't hear much of it anyway!

My real preference is to poll LA Kings fans and find out what song they hate the most, then implement it.

And for those of you who want one more round of Rock n Roll Part 2 for old times sake, here you go...

List to Gary Glitter's Rock n Roll Part 2

Vote for your pick on the LGS Message Board discussion topic.



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