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Hockey Songs Vs. Cricket Songs

The boss sent this piece from British paper The Guardian over to me yesterday. It’s a view of puck rock (the punk sub-genre, not the occasional feature I run interviewing hockey folks about their music tastes) and Vancouver’s punk pioneers DOA from across the pond. This particular passage amused me:

Our introduction to the genre comes courtesy of Vancouver punk veterans DOA. Hold on, there’s a story, courtesy of their label’s website: “A short time ago, Canadian-punk godfather Joe “S***head” Keithley was sourly contemplating the namby-pambyness of the new National Hockey League style. As he reached for the solace of a beer, he thought: “Hey, damn this corporate NHL crap! Let’s give the people some real rough and tumble on the ice!”

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If you’re really into ice hockey, this is probably a massive laugh. As a Brit, however, it is all slightly bewildering. Here, hockey is a game played by public schoolgirls with bruised ankles, so it’s easy to lose track when watching the New York Raiders battle the Chicago Blackhawks. Luckily, we have a regional alternative – step forward Leeds band Geoffery Oi!Cott, cricket-themed punks who lovingly translate the gentle thwack of leather on willow into rowdy terrace anthems like (Cricket) Bat Out of Hell and Dawn of the Dickie Birds. Proof, again, that if you can think of a topic which might be amusing to cover through the medium of song, punk has probably already got there first.

Is it just me or is there a huuuuuuuuuuuuge difference in a punk song being inspired rough-and-tumble old-time hockey and…the gentlemanly sport of cricket? This might get me in trouble with some of our readers over in the UK, but punk’s always been about speed and attitude. You’d think the land of Sid Vicious would know this. Cricket’s like baseball except it can literally last all day, and I don’t know about you guys, but as much as I like baseball, there’s very little that’s punk about it. Here’s an example of cricket:

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ESPN Or Versus: Kinda Like A John Hughes Movie

Today’s mega-post references two of my favorites: Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy and Steve Lepore of Puck The Media. Steve struck gold with a candid interview with ex-ESPN/current-Versus announcer Jack Edwards. As a follow up, Greg made this astute point:

The point isn’t that these people don’t do quality work; it’s that their network is training hockey fans to look elsewhere. It’s a vicious circle: Hockey fans don’t watch ESPN or visit ESPN.com for news because ESPN doesn’t give them what they want; ESPN sees those numbers, and decides no one is intersted in hockey; they cut back coverage, leading to more fans becoming disenfranchised.

Greg’s totally right. Since the NHL disappeared from ESPN, I hardly watch the channel except during the MLB playoffs. I’ll be watching it in two-week spurts now that they’ve the tennis Grand Slam tournaments too, but other than that, they don’t broadcast anything that I care about. And for my online visits, I check ESPN once a week and that’s just for John Buccigross’ column.

I’m guessing many hockey fans are like me when it comes to their online activity. For scores and updates, it’s either TSN or Yahoo (mostly Yahoo because their interface loads faster); for breaking news, it’s the Empire here at Kukla; for rumors, it’s Spector’s; and for opinion, I grab the local headlines via Illegal Curve or one of my favorite bloggers. I feel no need to visit ESPN.com anymore. For hockey, it’s too sparse, and for everything else, it’s too cluttered.

This is the thing about ESPN and Versus. Consider it like a school popularity contest in a John Hughes movie.

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  Tags: espn, music, versus

Puck Rock: Boyd Devereaux

In my eyes, Boyd Devereaux may just be the luckiest dude on the planet. Here’s a guy who’s got a Stanley Cup ring and his own indie rock label, Elevation Recordings (no relation to Elevation Partners, the Bono-powered venture capital firm). Currently back with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Devereaux’s seemingly got the most in-depth musical taste of any player in the NHL; he’s probably the only guy you’ll be able to find on both TSN’s and Stereogum’s archives.

From Radiohead to Black Sabbath to Mogwai, Devereaux’s favorites are a virtual catalog of indie rock and college radio essentials—and he’s the focus of this edition of Puck Rock. For you music geeks out there, you’ll marvel at his selection of tracks.

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  Tags: boyd+devereaux, indie+rock, music, puck+rock

Off Topic: U2 - No Line On The Horizon

From time to time, I’ll post fanboy reviews of different new releases in entertainment. In most cases, it’ll either be music (mostly notable indie rock releases) or geeky genre movies. If none of this interests you, feel free to politely ignore these posts. 

However, if you need a break from the madness of trade deadline day, this might be a breath of fresh air.

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Off Topic: Morrissey - Years of Refusal

From time to time, I’ll post fanboy reviews of different new releases in entertainment. In most cases, it’ll either be music (mostly notable indie rock releases) or geeky genre movies. If none of this interests you, feel free to politely ignore these posts.

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  Tags: morrissey, music

Off Topic: U2’s Get On Your Boots

From time to time, I’ll post fanboy reviews of different new releases in entertainment. In most cases, it’ll either be music (mostly notable indie rock releases) or geeky genre movies (it’s too bad my server crash deleted my review of The X-Files: I Want To Believe over the summer). If none of this interests you, feel free to politely ignore these posts.

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  Tags: morrissey, music, u2

Nothing Says Hockey Like British Mullets

While mullets and arena rock have their unfortunate associations with hockey, I’m still kinda puzzled by this whole “Kick Off The Season With Def Leppard!” thing the NHL put together. I’m all for reaching out to new audiences and demographics, but I’m trying to figure out the whole thought process. I’m thinking the meeting went something like this:

Gary Bettman: The NFL launched their season with a concert. We should do the same!

Bill Daly: Awesome! (Forms devil horns with fingers and head bangs for a few seconds) Who should we get?

 

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  Tags: marketing, music

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