#9 ESPN Presents: Jock Jams, Volume 1 (Part II)?
PREVIOUSLY ON HEY, DO YOU REMEMBER…
Sports. Charles Barkley. The song from Friends. Jock Jams (please reference below).
The Official Jock Jams, Volume 1 Complete Track Rundown (cont.)
6. Pump It Up, Go ‘Head, Go ‘Head–If memory serves, this is a cheerleader cheer. You know, in case you’re not pumped enough after the first five songs. I appreciate a soundtrack that looks out for the best interest of the listener’s cranked-ness.
7. Come Baby Come by K7 (1993)–I know that some self-respecting women don’t care for rap songs that tell them what to do, and even the title of K7’s Jock Jams entry is imperative, but how are you ladies going to resist a song that rhymes ‘innuendo’ with ‘Nintendo’?
8. It Takes Two by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock (1988)–Warning: NOT a cover of the Kim Weston/Marvin Gaye song. It may take two to make it outta site, but it only takes one to listen to this masterpiece on repeat in his bedroom until dinner time.
9. Gridiron Groove–Not a real song. Next.
10. Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) by C+C Music Factory (1990)–Wikipedia credits this jam with the initiation of the early 90s house movement. I’ll see if I can find an address to post up so you all can mail in your thank yous.
11. Hip Hop Hooray by Naughty by Nature (1993)–Still trying to find some of those Naughty by Nature bedsheets. Damn you, Santa.
12. Pump Up the Volume by M/A/R/R/S (1987)–How can a track that seems so simple also seem so repetitive? If all I need is a drum machine, some scratch effects, and an Eric B. & Rakim sample, then I will single-handedly resurrect the Jock Jams series! Who’s coming with me?
13. The Power by Snap! (1990)–If you listen to this one and DO NOT feel like you’ve got The Power, I personally owe you $12.99.
14. Uh, Ungawaa!–No idea.
15. Unbelievable by EMF (1990 [U.K.], 1991 [U.S.])–A little band called Queen proved that a group of scrawny, pale Englishmen could write songs that would rock American sports arenas for years and years. Then EMF proved that a group of scrawny, pale Englishmen could write a song that would advertise a Kraft Foods product around the year 2005. Crumbelievable? Believe it!
16. Y.M.C.A. by Village People (1978)–Whether you hear this classic at a Chuck-E-Cheese or The Bloke Stroke Bar & Night Club, you’re doing the dance. You know you’re doing the dance…
17. Pump Up the Jam by Technotronic (1989)–This song went triple platinum. Triple. Platinum. This song, Pump Up the Jam, it went triple platinum. 3X platinum.
Triple. Triple platinum.
18. Twilight Zone by 2 Unlimited (1992)– You unlock this door with the key of UNLIMITATION. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of SOUND, a dimension of SWEAT, a dimesion of BOOTY. You’re moving into a land of both BASS and RHYME CAPABILITY, of GRINDS and AROUSALS; you’ve just crossed over into the TWILIGHT ZONE BY 2 UNLIMITED.
19. The Old Ballgame by Ray Castoldi–Ray Castoldi tickles the organ keys for the New York Knicks, the New York Rangers, and the New York Mets. I have to thank ESPN for presenting a compilation that includes a jazzed up breather track like this one right before the electrifying finale.
20. Rock and Roll Part 2 (The Hey Song) by Gary Glitter (1972)–This tune has been an institution of sports culture since it first played at a Colorado Rockies game in the late 70s. Hands down one of the most recognizable songs you’ve ever drunkenly swayed back and forth to. My friend Corey and I once double-handedly initiated the Wave at a hockey game to The Hey Song. We literally did the wave over and over again by ourselves until we finally got our entire section standing up. Then sitting down. Then standing up. Then BOOM! The Wave, son.
I won’t go into the details, but it turned out that Gary Glitter is a freak. You can look up the specifics elsewhere. Suffice it to say that many teams no longer play the song during their events and if they do then it’s usually a cover version. But, hey, don’t let that keep you from enjoying this live performances of Rock and Roll.
This video contains the fabled Rock and Roll Part 1 before Part 2. Part 1 is similar to Part 2, but there is one major difference. Can you spot it? (Hint: THERE’S LYRICS!)
I wrote in Part 1 of this post that Jock Jams was the greatest moment in the marriage of music and sports. I believe the runner-up deserves an honorable mention.
Ladies and gentlemen, John Tesh’s Roundball Rock! LIVE IN CONCERT!