The hardest thing ever……

Ok, maybe not ever. Certainly not the most important thing ever, not even close. But i have to tell you, one thing that has driven me crazy this summer. One thing that has taken far more time than I should have spent on it.

That one thing..

Finding a replacement to RockNRoll Part 2 by Gary Glitter to play at the Mavs games. You know the song. The hey song. The song that everyone in sports stole from the NHL, who stole it from who knows who.

This isnt a cure for world peace issue. But its one of those things that drive me crazy.

Not that there is anything wrong with the song. We will definitely keep on playing it.

And its not like we arent trying to be original. We have done parodies of songs, some unique, some not, and we will do more. Some we will just play, most will have animations so the fans can have fun with them.

But the problem remains. Maybe the blogosphere can help.

I need at least one song that is simple, has few or no words, is short and will automatically cause 20k people to stand, clap and shout in unison.

Any suggestions ?

Back to figuring out what to wear for our first Mavs game. Its TNT and I have to come up with something good🙂

286 thoughts on “The hardest thing ever……

  1. hmm.. interesting read

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  2. Yes, but what i like is classic rock!

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  3. While we’re on the subject of songs, why do you continue to refrain from turning up the volume on the Emminance Front player intro? Everytime it is played LOUD is sets the tone for the crowd the whole game.

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  4. This is infectious and would rub off onto the crowd. Also, my favorite all time warm up song is “Freak Out.” Syracuse used to play this back in the 70s.

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  5. Take a second and remind yourself of the intro (the first 20 seconds or so) to “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind & Fire. Distinctive and contagious bass line; terrific horns, incredible guitars and before getting into the meat of the song, it ends with its own “hey!”. Food for thought.

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  6. The main drawing looks a lot like Rhode Montijo’s work…

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  7. I agree with #2 – Blur’s song number 2 is just awesome.

    St. Pauli, the famous german soccer club (plays division 3 with average attendance of 16k) plays it after every goal they score and folks just go nuts. Everybody jumping around and yelling that “Uhu” chorous….

    However this is european soccer and fans and atmosphere is much more intense with all fans standing the whole game. Btw, St. Pauli is a great example of how a small club can survive with great marketing. The players suck, the stadium sucks and they have no money – but their marketing activities are so awesome that most people like them simply because they are different and they represent the game in a traditional way, not just sell-out…

    Marc – if you want to I might be able to send you a short video of how people go nuts with that song over here….

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  8. To elaborate on my comment above….

    Perhaps a ZZ Top parody, ” Sharp Dressed Mav “….

    Just a thought….

    Jim Parham
    Yuba City, CA

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  9. Hi Mark,

    For the Mavs first regular season home game….

    Why not have the team enter the arena to the sound of Texas’ ZZ Top and the tune “Sharp Dressed Man”….NBA Dress Code humor?

    Jim Parham
    Yuba City, CA

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  10. Mark this has absolutely nothing to do with what you’re going to wear or whatever or the 20 second mavs song.

    BUT PLEASE BUY THE CUBS IF THE TRIBUNE IS SELLING THEM.

    I WOULD GIVE YOU MY LEFT TESTICLE!

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  11. Dear Mr. Cuban,

    It’s sounds like you want more than just a cool song, right? Since this is really about getting all of Dallas pumped up . . .

    I say that you open it up as a competition for local artists. Let Dallasites create the music that will lead our team to the championship!

    “Your band has 20 seconds to rock 20,000 people.”

    Could be a great way to get the whole community together around the team. And I bet you would be amazed at the talent and creativity of local artists.

    And who knows – if you get a few hundred 20-second mp3s, you might even generate a whole new music craze. Rock music for the short attention-span generation.

    Yours,

    Jeremy Gregg

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  12. Dear Mr. Cuban,

    It’s sounds like you want more than just a cool song, right? Since this is really about getting all of Dallas pumped up . . .

    I say that you open it up as a competition for local artists. Let Dallasites create the music that will lead our team to the championship!

    “Your band has 20 seconds to rock 20,000 people.”

    Could be a great way to get the whole community together around the team. And I bet you would be amazed at the talent and creativity of local artists.

    And who knows – if you get a few hundred 20-second mp3s, you might even generate a whole new music craze. Rock music for the short attention-span generation.

    Yours,

    Jeremy Gregg

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  13. Hi Mark,

    Sorry, I don’t have any suggestions for the next big ‘Sports Anthem’….(Nothing original anyway.) I do, however, have a suggestion regarding what to wear to the Mavs season opener on TNT…….

    http://www.pimpcostumes.com/categories/Pimp-Suits/

    Jim Parham
    Yuba City, CA

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  14. thats easy! the beginning of “Crazy Train” by Black Sabbath!

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  15. “Go!” by Tones on Tail

    best fuzz bassline ever

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  16. May I recommend “Water Music · The Music for the Royal Fireworks”? Nothing gets 20,000 people on their feet like a little Handel. Especially the part that goes dumm deee deee deee deee. You know what I mean.

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  17. Do you already use the theme of the 1950s TV classic Maverick?

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  18. Also from hockey, ACDC’s TNT is quality. Years ago the Portland Winterhawks played it many times at a game I attended, including during a fight in which 17 players got ejected. It really gets the crowd going.

    Oh, and please please please NO ANDREW W.K.!

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  19. Mark,
    How about Kernkraft 3000 – Zombie Nation? It’s got a nice beat and you can dance to it😉
    It’s almost impossible not to be involved and clapping when you hear that song.

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  20. Mark,

    I’ll have to give some thought about this one, after all not just any song will do.

    In the mean time consider yourself lucky this is your biggest problem at the moment…In Tampa FL, the sports authority there is having to deal with a recent injunction imposed today probhibiting their forcing fans to be searched ~ just to watch a football game and at taxpayer expense.

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  21. you should play a ripping Grateful Dead version of the classic Not Fade Away,which texan buddy holly also did.

    After Dirk puts one down over Shaq’s rotund form the place erupts

    “My love is bigger than a Cadillac
    I try to show you but you drive me back
    Your love for me has gotta be real
    You’re gonna know just how I feel
    A love that’s real not fade away
    Not fade away”

    of course you might have Bill Walton ahnign around more often.

    peace
    jeff

    Petty/hardin

    I wanna tell you it’s gonna be
    You’re gonna give your love to me
    I wanna love you night and day
    You know our lovin’ not fade away
    You know our lovin’ not fade away
    Not fade away

    My love is bigger than a Cadillac
    I try to show you but you drive me back
    Your love for me has gotta be real
    You’re gonna know just how I feel
    A love that’s real not fade away
    Not fade away

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  22. For day 1 “dress” problem. How about making a t-shirt that says, “All I have is a billion dollars and this lousy t-shirt?”

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  23. Mark…considering everyone is stealing songs from other professional sports organizations, perhaps you should use Sugar Hill Gang – Apache (Jump on it!). It definitely got people at the Houston Comets game up and dancing -> http://www.whoomp.com/articles/129/1/WNBA-Jam-Cam-Video

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  24. Blur’s ‘Song No.2’ could be a replacement. P.O.D’s ‘Boom’ might work too. What about some Andrew W.K?

    As far as your outfit goes, what about the aluminum Mavs jersey? Does the NBA’s dress code preclude you wearing the Mavs Man outfit? MG

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  25. Marc, you know that silly jingle that they play for that old man that dances at six flags? Maybe they would give it to you for free as a form of advertising. Well, thinking about it that is pretty cheesy music.

    The only other one is the “y’all ready for this” jingle.

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  26. Mark…first please do not bring back the gray jerseys that they wore to open the season again the Lakers in the past.

    One general comment is that last yeat the cartoons, music etc was not even close to the level of the 2003 season. There was a noticable difference. Also, who was the PA answer for the Golden State game? If Hayes was sick…it sure was sub par.

    KPM

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  27. MARK,, This is for any MAV/Rocket , Mav /Spurs/ inter-state rivalry @home games…. Play TAPS … ;)lol

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  28. For your TNT season debut…I say go with everything that the new NBA dress code does not allow…
    Retro Jersey
    Chains and rings on the outside (Bling Bling it)
    Baseball cap, etc… Basically do your best AI

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  29. “The Power Is On” – The Go! Team

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  30. I’m in a band from San Francisco, we’re a bunch of affable 20 somethings. We specialize in anthemic party music. We’re working on our full LP right now, our single “American Party” is gathering a large amount of play time on local underground stations in the Bay Area. We are redoing it to be more polished…it might be the sort of thing you are looking for. check the link for the song.

    http://www.myspace.com/tokyogold

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  31. …Or what about a less obvious option…like something from Neil Diamond or Billy Joel. Maybe some “Brother Love’s Travelin’ Salvation Show” or “Big Shot?”

    j/k

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  32. Hey Mark. I don’t think it is quite what you are looking for because it has words and is a newer song, but I think you definitely need to add “Come On, Come On” by the Von Bondies to the playlist. It is short (2:13) and has a lot of energy. (You might recognize it if you hear it; they use it as the opening song for “Rescue Me”, if you’ve ever seen it.) Anyway, it may not be the answer to your inquiry, but it is definetly worth adding to the mix. Thanks for reading my $0.02.

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  33. ESPN stole my favorite – Synchronicity I by The Police.

    On the hard rock side – Metropolis – Part 1, Dream Theater. Also, Man in the Box, Alice in Chains and Only, Anthrax.

    80’s retro – Relax, Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
    Asia, Heat of the Moment.

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  34. I think you’re looking for something known and somewhat classic, without being overplayed or still running the rounds of the Top 40 stations.

    I think, as many have mentioned, BLUR – SONG 2 is great, It’s known and people love to sing along to it; also it’s only 2 minutes long and rocks the whole time.

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  35. Apollo 100 – Joy
    War – Spill the Wine

    (man…I’ve been watching Boogie Nights way too much lately…)

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  36. I would ask what demographic are you going for? The hip-hop crowd would love something from Dre or other artists from their scene. The rockers would get off on We Will Rock You or other classics and so on. Can’t please everyone, but maybe you can try with something in the middle from the pop scene like Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya’?

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  37. A few oldies:

    Wings – Jet
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/clipserve/B00005BA03001005/1/002-2925081-7624063

    Joe Walsh – Funk #49
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/clipserve/B000002P7L001001/1/002-2925081-7624063

    Billy Idol — Mony Mony
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/clipserve/B000059QYB001002/0/002-2925081-7624063

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  38. Two words “Lose Yourself”. Cant top this for a fire up tune

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  39. We will, we will , rock you.

    R2000
    Bathroom Review

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  40. Horndog by Overseer.

    It starts out with “Greetings to all music enthusiasts…”

    Then it Jams!!!

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  41. If you want to use a local Dallas band I suggest checking out Flickerstick. They have some good high energy songs and I bet they’d be receptive to the idea of reworking some lyrics to fit the Mavs.

    Sticking with the Texas theme you could try something from Pantera or Damageplan.

    Other options:
    Jimmy Eat World – Sweetness
    311 – Down
    U2 – Vertigo

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  42. I Like to Move It (which is not a “new song”, it was a club hit back in 1993 or something and it’s a pretty good song)
    Candy Shop by 50 Cent….if you can play something without words the hitch in that song is fly
    Mission Impossible Theme song, done by Limp Bizkit…that one of my faves when I’m in the pits in my Jeep
    Du Hast…played at Kings games, especially during playoffs…spine tingling if you ask me.
    Good luck. I’ll never see one of your games at your stadium, however I see the Mav’s everytime at ARCO, they’re the best games.

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  43. I Like to Move It (which is not a “new song”, it was a club hit back in 1993 or something and it’s a pretty good song)
    Candy Shop by 50 Cent….if you can play something without words the hitch in that song is fly
    Mission Impossible Theme song, done by Limp Bizkit…that one of my faves when I’m in the pits in my Jeep
    Du Hast…played at Kings games, especially during playoffs…spine tingling if you ask me.
    Good luck. I’ll never see one of your games at your stadium, however I see the Mav’s everytime at ARCO, they’re the best games.

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  44. Amen to Thunderstruck by AC/DC. The White Sox just used it but it is not overused. I am a diehard Cubs fan and it totally got me going.

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  45. Run, Run Away – Slade

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  46. “Everybody Get up” By Roger
    “Get Busy” by Mr. Lee
    “Clear” by Cybotron

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  47. First bars of
    White Stripes “7 nation army”
    Cars “Since You’ve gone”
    Loverboy “Turn Me Loose”
    Madness- “one step beyond”
    joan jett “love is pain”
    I’ve got plenty more!

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  48. Hello Mark,
    How about creating a song contest, winner gets a grand prize (Market it with MTV and/or VH1 reality)and a small publishing royalty?

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  49. How about creating a song contest, winner gets a grand prize (Market it with MTV and/or VH1 reality)and a small publishing royalty?

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  50. Hey Monte at 127,

    You still have admitted rapists on your payroll in Portland. I’ve lived in Portland my whole life and don’t appreciate owners who blatantly hire thugs and criminals. Nor do I appreciate fans who condone it as well.

    It’s because of garbage like this that I have to root for teams away from my home town.

    http://www.jail-blazers.com

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  51. The clear choice is “Right Now” by Vsn Halen. That song will make all Mavs fans forget about Gary Glitter.

    If you wanted to try something daring, “Kickstart My Heart” by Motley Crue would be exceptional.

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  52. Contest OVER

    “STRANGLEHOLD” by Ted Nugent

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  53. Blur’s Song 2 (has the “Wahoo” line). Another song stole from hockey🙂

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Song_2

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  54. Van Morrison’s “WILD Nights” is the song you need – and wear a tux.
    classy one. james bond style.

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  55. Tubthumping! They have these handy dandy lyrics that repeat:

    “I get knocked down”
    “But I get up again”
    “You’re never going to keep me down”

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  56. “fuel” by metallica is a must.
    “horndog” by overseer
    “rock you like a hurricane” by scorpions

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  57. The Sisters of Mercy’s “This Corrosion” It’s a LONG song on the album “Floodland” but from about the 45 second mark to the 2 minute mark it’s all “hey, hey, heya hey, now, now, now, now” and then “give me the ring” line repeated over and over with a strong beat, a dramatic choir going in the background and more. With a little creative editing I think that part of the song would be extremely cool for a dramatic moment in a game.

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  58. “Breath” by PRODIGY….great great song! will get the place going bigtime…techno, fast paced

    “Can’t Touch This”….everyone knows those words…you can come up with a cool video playing off that song…change Hammer-time to MAVERICK-time!

    “Beat It” michael jackson…?

    “Get in on, Bang a gong”….Power Station

    “Get is Started” black Eyed Peas

    On TNT wear a BOW-TIE….that would be hilarious dude!!!!!!

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  59. For an Intro, ENIGMA, with mavs lyrics instead. “I am a Mavs Fan.”

    Or maybe some Herbie Hancock?

    Or “SLam, duh duh duh, duh duh duh, Let the boys be boys!”

    When the refs come in, I always hear the words to the Milli Vanilli song. “Blame it on the Ref!! Yeah Yeah!” in my head anyways.

    To intro the visiting team, the smurf song. Lah-Lah-La-La-La

    For the opening game, wear what makes you comfortable, and don’t worry. Or if you have a charity, wear a shirt advertising it. Free advertisement. Wear a Katrina Relief fund shirt.

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  60. Oh, and in college we used AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells.” Good build up and works well for player introductions. The belltones at the beginning act as a good “get on your feet” indicator.

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  61. You should without a doubt wear this. I guarantee you a minimum $40,000 fine from Commish Stern within 24 hours.

    http://nbarefssuck.com/order.html

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  62. Struggling to think of a crowd-raiser, but it never hurts to have “The Happy Organ” by Dave “Baby” Cortez on tap…it’s a bit hockey-rink, but it might just work.

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  63. We will rock you by Queen (so obvious, duh!). The opening of American Woman.

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  64. Mark, amigo, one word:
    http://www.suavecito.com/images/Staff/Craig-Jay.jpg

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  65. Go with “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty.

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  66. Mark, I always thought that Led Zep’s the Wonton Song, from the Physical Graffiti album would be perfect for firing up the fans.

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  67. Mark, I always thought that Led Zep’s the Wonton Song, from the Physical Graffiti album would be perfect for firing up the fans.

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  68. “Mark, you should wear the nicest suit you own, complete with Mavs doorag and massive $ pendant dangling from your neck. Maybe even some blue Chucks, while jamming “Breakin’ the Law”. Let the games begin.”

    Please, please, please do this! How funny would that be? What do I have to do to make this happen?

    As far as song suggestions go:

    Big and Rich “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” I can’t decide if it’s really appropriate and clever, or inappropriate and offensive. It’s got a good beat. It makes you want to get up and dance; it plays to the whole “Texas” “Maverick” theme and it’s the only country song I can stand to listen to.

    Outkast “Hey Ya”–everyone knows the words to this song, and I think it falls into the whole “not a lot of lyrics” suggestion. Plus, there’s ample opportunity for 20,000 people to clap.

    The Killers “Mr. Brightside”–fun and upbeat

    Gwen Stefani “What You Waiting For”– but you may have to bleep out “ho.” I don’t know the NBA rule on words in music.

    Just PLEASE don’t change the intro music!! I think it’s The Who? Could be wrong there, but that is GREATNESS! So much better than the crap they have in San Antonio-“Are You Ready for This?” Good God, talk about a cliche sports song! I’d expect more from them. Though I do enjoy the techno-esque Matrixy stuff they play during the game. I hope I didn’t lose all credability just then.

    Good Luck and Go Mavs!

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  69. Eye of the Tiger by Survivor is a great energy song. It was my Hoop-It-Up team’s theme song.

    I echo bringing back Shout from the 80’s. When they played that at Reunion, you could not talk to the person in the seat next to you.

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  70. Mark,
    I own a media agency that has developed a sports anthem to do just that. Its intend was to be used on an interactive CD for our nascar/asa teams… we scraped the whole project and have a song collecting dust.

    if we arranged a small vocal part (sorta like the “who dey” chant) to accomodate the beats, we could get a few fans on their feet.

    If you wish to hear it, it may be downloaded from: http://www.scrapvinyl.com/asa_intro/intro.swf

    It is 8megs because its embedded into a flash intro composed for the CD.

    sorry for all the text, I know you get many of these.

    David Coomer
    coomer.org

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  71. Your blog has been reviewed at the Cellounge Blog Review. You got a 4.9/5.0 Thanks,
    Shane

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  72. I can’t believe it took 87 comments for someone to mention “Thunderstruck”. The intro for that song would be awesome for player intros.

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  73. The Stars had Pantera record an original song and it always got Reunion Arena shaking. A local band and original song is definitely the way to go.

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  74. The main drawing looks a lot like Rhode Montijo’s work…

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  75. very good!!

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  76. I haven’t checked through all the comments so don’t know if I’m the first to recommend the classic simplicity of:

    NA NA NA NA, NA NA NA NA, HEY HEY, GOODBYE

    REPEAT AD NAUSEUM!

    Steam, wasn’t it?

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  77. Another song: Celebrate (Good Times, C’Mon) by Kool and the Gang

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  78. For songs consider:

    1. We are Family (Sister Sledge)
    2. Play That Funky Music White Boy (Average White Band?)
    3. That’s The Way I Like It (KC and the Sunshine Band)
    4. Or, you can always have someone compose a special song just for the Mavs.

    P.S. I just subscribed to your blog yesterday. Excellent content.

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  79. Give a fresh listen the old Grand Funk RR tune “FOOTSTOMPIN’MUSIC”. It has everything your looking for. Awsome beat, great bass, and the first words are “Come on everybody, we’re gunna have a good time, YA! Also has the words “I want to hear some hand clappin,I want you to get in the groove!” Not to mention that everything about the song just rocks. It gets my vote.

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  80. http://www.friendmark.com

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  81. “Beat It” by Michael Jackson

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  82. I think I heard the perfect song this morning (this thread has stuck in my head)

    Soul Finger by the Bar-Kays.

    Super catchy horn riff and a crowd chant (Soul Finger!) that can be replaced with “Go Mavericks!” Along with some nice OOH AHHs!

    I’d stand for it!

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  83. Fantastic blog I have ever come across, keep it up.

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  84. How about “Fire on High” by Electric Light Orchestra? It was used as theme music for CBS Sports broadcasts back in the 1970s and still holds up.

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  86. Take a second and remind yourself of the intro (the first 20 seconds or so) to “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind & Fire. Distinctive and contagious bass line; terrific horns, incredible guitars and before getting into the meat of the song, it ends with its own “hey!”. Food for thought.

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  87. Mr. Cuban:

    I suggest “Woo Hoo” by The 5.6.7.8’s. It is 1:57 long. It has exactly two words. It’s plain, simple, rock’n’roll of the best kind. It was part of the “Kill Bill” soundtrack.

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  88. Mark,

    I hope you’re still checking these. I suggest the second half of “Horn Dog” by Overseer. It was used in a Mitsubishi commercial 2 years ago, and it’s got a fantastic buildup, few words, and would be a great fit to the Mav’s persona.

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  89. As far as a song with the “You Really Don’t Want to Mess With Us” attitude is “Blind” by Korn. Just the intro with the hard bassline and the “ARE YOU READY????!!!!” That would get it done.

    My wife votes for “Jump Around” by House of Pain or “Down” by 311. All pretty good choices.

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  90. Mark,
    In England we play “Tom Hark” by the Pirhanas (a minor hit in 1980) when goals are scored in soccer matches, and after starting only in one or two places, it is now played almost unilaterally. If you can find an audio clip (I can’t beat the firewall here) I’m sure you’ll find it.
    If you wish to brief your fans accordingly, current courtesy dictates that you stand up and punch the air in time to the drum beats.
    Your humble servant,
    Ben H.
    London, England.

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  91. Great Blog. Love reading anything from you🙂
    Simple 2 cents – Shout (Isley Bros) – Everyone knows it and everyone responds to it, all you have to do is yell🙂

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  92. For introductions:

    Panic Song – Green Day (no words first two minutes)
    Papa’s Got a Brand New Pigbag – Pigbag (instrumental, great bass line and horns)

    Other good songs:

    All Right, Oh Yeah – Local H
    Can’t Wait One Minute More – CIV
    Peppyrock – BTK
    Pump it Up – Elvis Costello
    It’s All Been Done – Barenaked Ladies
    Jump – The Movement
    Love Rollercoaster – Red Hot Chili Peppers

    If you want a country/cowboy song, Here for the Party by Gretchen Wilson or Ghost Riders in the Sky from the second Blues Brothers movie.

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  93. Mark, just wanted to tell you I love the enthusiasm you’ve helped bring back to the NBA. Find the loudest most obnoxious thing you can find to wear. I think since they’re emphasizing collared shirts, go with one of the 70’s HUGE collared shirts, with platform chuck taylors

    as for a song. something simple, something with attitude, something to fire up the crowd and team.

    CRUSH ‘EM by Megadeth

    (include the intro aptly call “Enter the Arena”)

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  94. How about “Ready, Steady, Go” by Paul Oakenfold. It’s a good song.

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  95. Hey Mark!, I Have It! I’ve Read all the Other
    Ideas and a lot of them are very good!
    So I had to try even Harder to think of the Ultimate Get Everybody Pumped up and on their
    Feet Song and I Did, It’s:
    “Push It” By: “Static-X”. Believe Me if you
    Haven’t Heard it, It Will Blow you away!
    Every Time I Need to Get Pumped Up For Something Competitive This Song is It!
    It’s on Their “Wisconsin Death Trip” CD.
    Please Give it a Try I Think You’ll Love It.
    Keep up the Good work!, Jeff.
    Sorry to Post twice, But I Wanted to Put a link to my Sports Talk page That I Just started:
    http://spaces.msn.com/members/SportsTalkEtc/
    Thank You, Jeff

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  96. Hey Mark!, I Have It! I’ve Read all the Other
    Ideas and a lot of them are very good!
    So I had to try even Harder to think of the Ultimate Get Everybody Pumped up and on their
    Feet Song and I Did, It’s:
    “Push It” By: “Static-X”. Believe Me if you
    Haven’t Heard it, It Will Blow you away!
    Every Time I Need to Get Pumped Up For Something Competitive This Song is It!
    It’s on Their “Wisconsin Death Trip” CD.
    Please Give it a Try I Think You’ll Love It.
    Keep up the Good work!, Jeff.

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  97. Hey Mark!, I Have It! I’ve Read all the Other
    Ideas and a lot of them are very good!
    So I had to try even Harder to think of the Ultimate Get Everybody Pumped up and on their
    Feet Song and I Did, It’s:
    “Push It” By: “Static-X”. Believe Me if you
    Haven’t Heard it, It Will Blow you away!
    Every Time I Need to Get Pumped Up For Something Competitive This Song is It!
    It’s on Their “Wisconsin Death Trip” CD.
    Please Give it a Try I Think You’ll Love It.
    Keep up the Good work!, Jeff.

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  98. I can tell you’ve gotten many comments so far on this topic. I was at the Mavs-Spurs game this past Saturday, and heard Toby Mac’s “Slam” during one part of the game. I have noticed this song is a hit for movies (Transporter 2) and heard it on a TV show the other day. It is a song full of energy. And because it is by an artist that isn’t mainstream and the song is only known by TM followers, it would be less likely to be worn out as quickly. THANK YOU for being the first to want to get rid of the “Hey” song. Good call.

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  99. Mark – A couple of my favorites (in no particular order) that I think would be crowd pleasing! some are better than others but all hit the vein!!!

    Goodbye to You – Scandal
    Come on Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
    Back on Chain Gang – Pretenders
    Call Me – Blondie
    Dancing with Myself – Billy Idol
    Walking on Sunshine – Katrina
    You – -13th Floor Elevators
    Jenny – Tommy Tutone
    Orange Crush – REM
    Gimme Shelter – Stones
    Gloria – Van Morrison
    Good Thing – Fine Young Cannibals
    Rockin in Free World – Neil Young
    I Touch Myself – Divynyls
    Dance Naked – John Mellencamp
    Allison Road – Gin Blossoms
    Liar Liar – Castaways
    Everyone Needs Someone to Love – Wilson Pickett
    Badlands – Bruce Springsteen

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  100. I would go with the Mavericks Fan Song. It’s very catchy and very funny. I think the fans would love this when it would play. Or switch it up. Alternate between the Mavericks Fan Song and the Beastie Boys Mavs song. Both of those are really fun. You don’t want to have some rap song, they all sound the same, and it wouldn’t be as special to hear it every time it would play.

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  101. Oasis Supersonic
    The Go Team ! Huddle Formation

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  102. OLE OLE OLE OLE, OLE OLE!!!

    You know the song–it’s used a lot at soccer games. It’s very similar to the HEY SONG.

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  103. I doubt you’ve heard of this song it’s from an Australian indy type rock band called Grinspoon who are big over here. The song is called “Champion” I’ve wanted to hear it at the start of a basketball game over here since I first heard it. Absolutly awesome song beginning. Starts with the line “So you wanna be champion?” then the big beats and noise kick in. It’d be a goose bump bringer for sure in big games.

    http://www.joshryan.com

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  104. Nothing tops “Surfing USA” – Beach Boys.

    >>>But this one is special! I read that you like rugby so here is my tipp for you, Marc:

    http://www.hahn-online.info/de/Neuseeland/Rugby/RugbyFiles/rugbyfiles.html

    (Password and Username: Rugby)

    It’s the “the Haka” performed by the All Blacks.

    This is the audio version:

    http://www.hahn-online.info/de/Neuseeland/Rugby/RugbyFiles/rugbyfiles.html

    (Password and Username: Rugby)

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  105. it’s doesn’t seem to be big in the US, but if you’ve ever been to the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, you’ll know that the best song for extreme crowd participation is Hey Baby… “heeeeeeey baby, oohh aaah, i wanna knooooow if you’ll be my girl” (and be sure to use the latest release, the original version is too dated).

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  106. Mark, I would go with Jump Around by House of Pain.

    I came to get down [2x]
    So get out your seats and jump around
    Jump around [3x]
    Jump up Jump up and get down.
    Jump [18x]

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  107. Kern Kraft 400 Zombie Nation

    http://www.radikal.com/ZombieNation.htm

    Click on the speaker icon next to Live Remix

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  108. Hey Try Edgar Winters- Frankenstein

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  109. The Final Countdown by Europe!

    The Pistons played this during their player introductions in the finals and honestly, it put whatever hokey tunes the Spurs were playing to shame.

    Great sports song. Reminds me of old sports films. Very neutral as well.

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  110. The OBVIOUS choice:

    Thunderstruck

    by AC/DC

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  111. Hey Mark,

    First up, I think I’ve got just the right song for you. Second, the reason many of these guys post hate comments against you is probably because they cant stand a guy who kicks ASS in both technology and basketball. Being a Grad student in Wireless I know what many of these ‘fans’ think of people who do more than one thing well.

    Anyway the song I thought of is “Vehicle” by the band “Ides of March”. Its an awesome fit because it has this anthemic feel to it and starts off at a very high tempo. Sure to get your fans pumped up. PLEASE!!!!! HEAR THIS SONG ONCE and you’ll LOVE IT.

    Madhu

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  112. The roof is on fire- bloodhound gang

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  113. I’m gonna say the theme song to ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’. It fits your team’s theme, it moves people, and it has no lyrics, but it does have some chanting that the crowd might turn on to.

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  114. The Kill Bill Teaser. It’s the song they play at the beginning when the credits are rolling (I think). I downloaded it and the first thing I thought of was NBA pregame.

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  115. Check out “We Win” by the David Crowder Band. It’s on their newest album “A Collision” that came out a few weeks ago. It’s got a driving bass line and words are pretty simple “‘Cause we’ve already won and you don’t have a chance.”

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  116. “Drivin’ South” by Jimi Hendrix.

    “Run like an Antelope” by Phish

    “Instrumental Illness” by the Allman Brothers

    “Good Texan” by Steveie Ray Vaughn

    Probably listed too much good music here to be “catchy”, none of them are pop tunes. But there are moments in the each song that are quite frenetic.

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  117. “Drivin’ South” by Jimi Hendrix.

    “Run like an Antelope” by Phish

    “Instrumental Illness” by the Allman Brothers

    “Good Texan” by Steveie Ray Vaughn

    Probably listed too much good music here to be “catchy”, none of them are pop tunes. But there are moments in the each song that are quite frenetic.

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  118. Hey Mark,

    Although your remarks may have been true, calling Kenny and Charles “idiots” was not. You are too smart to stoop to name calling, even if they do. The biggest problem in politics today is the deterioration of the discourse. Try to bring your banter with TNT “up”, not “down”. Let’s take America back, one word at a time.

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  119. “Hate to Say I Told You So” by the Hives

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  120. I’m sure everyone will recognize this tune when they hear it (Vonage commercial)….But has ‘Woo Hoo’ by “THE 5.6.7.8’s” been used at sporting events?

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000003KYZ/ref=m_art_li_1/002-3093031-6728840?v=glance&s=music

    Jim Parham
    Yuba City, CA

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  121. I’ve already made a suggestion (“One Step Beyond” – Madness, #40), but I thought I’d bring up a point that hasn’t been mentioned.

    You need a song that people who have had a beer or two each quarter can get up and hollar to. Now, remember with the Gary Glitter song, all you have to do is make some kind of “aaaaAAAiiiaaai!!!” sound and you’re singing along. That’s the beauty of it.

    The “Whoo Hoo!” part of the Blur song everyone keeps mentioning is appropriate, but the rest of the lyrics are going to be like … well, like the verses in “Guantanamera”. The chorus is fun to sing, but the rest of the song, you just sit around and drink.

    Come to think of it, maybe that’s not a bad thing.

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  122. Hey Jason at #103. Stick it. We don’t want your anthem here in Portland. We are positive. The old jail-blazer days are gone. Do try to live in the here and now.

    Try the Zep’s Communication Breakdown or Mountains’s Mississippi Queen

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  123. Mark.

    You some need infectious power chords

    Loop the first four lines of the Ramones “Blitzkrieg bop”

    Who can’t remember these lyrics?

    “Hey ho, let’s go hey ho, let’s go hey ho, let’s go hey ho, let’s go”

    Sanj

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  124. Any song from the Rocky soundtrack would automatically make 20K people rise out of their seats!!!

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  125. Hey Mark, “cotton eye joe” gets 50 thousands up at Yankee Stadium.

    I’ve got the lyrics. lol

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  126. Hey Mark, “cotton eye joe” gets 50 thousands up at Yankee Stadium.

    I’ve got the lyrics. lol

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  127. Here is a song you probably haven’t heard:

    DJ Tekn – “Showtime”

    You can download it here:

    http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=135619

    The song really kicks into gear with a hard-charging guitar solo 1:32 in, with a high energy beat. No vocals in that portion of the song.

    Good luck!

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  128. Attire for the TNT season opener….

    Why not borrow one of those flashy suits from Gary Glitter himself….

    At least now we know where the “Brothers Grimm” found their ‘witch-fighting, mirror-plated’ suits of armor….

    Jim Parham
    Yuba City, CA

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  129. Ozzy – Flying High Again.
    The heavy bassline entry would be perfect after a high-flying dunk! The echo around the Center would be *unreal* if played loud.

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  130. Got one:
    “Machine Gun”, by the Commodores (yes, the Commodores, but think Kool and the Gang). Instrumental, big beat, great inro, unique!

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  131. Without a doubt, you should play Asia – Heat of the Moment. And just for the record, the Chicago Cubs still play “Jump” and it’s old, overplayed, sucks. I get diahrea when it’s played more often than goosebumps.

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  132. Mark, It is so easy AC/DC Hells Bells. The Intro is hot! No words and when people here the bells ring to start the song it brings a sense of anticipation and excitment. G550

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  133. These songs all have great building/rocking intros:
    AC/DC – Thunderstruck
    Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop
    Aerosmith – Back In The Saddle
    Stevie Ray Vaughn – Scuttle Buttin’
    Van Halen – Panama
    Tesla – Modern Day Cowboy
    Rolling Stones – One Hit To The Body

    You could dress like a Vegas showgirl. See if that’s dressed up enough for ’em.

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  134. A bit cliche…but…Thunderstruck by AC/DC

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  135. I agree with comment #89. It really comes down to whatever gets the players into the state of mind they need to be in. This is infectious and would rub off onto the crowd. Also, my favorite all time warm up song is “Freak Out.” Syracuse used to play this back in the 70s. I remember Louis Orr and Rosevelt Bouie doing some of the coolest dunks to this song. However, my personal favorite new song is, I LIKE TO MOVE IT from the movie Madagascar. Please give it a listen. Its a new song so I think you would be the first to use it.

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  136. I’m with #103 in the Boom, Click Click Boom, and the Blur#2.
    Also: “Get Yo Game Up” Cypress Hill
    And the SpongeBob Theme always gets me moving…

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  137. I have to agree with “The Horse” – it was the “sitting in the stands” song for my HS band and everyone in the audience recognized it immediately and it got them going too

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  138. i dont have time to read every comment so if this was mentioned i apologize for redundency, but then again, maybe it will say something.
    Fat Boy Slim…Funk Soul Brother.

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  139. Great idea above regarding Kill Bill. There a couple great songs, the one mentioned above and the green hornet theme which could be good for a 30 second timeout when things are going well.

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  140. Quite obviously a tuxedo is in order.

    A high fallutin one at that.
    Tails, cane, haircut… the whole bit.

    None of this tux t-shirt nonsense.

    This is Texas, if you want people to stand up and clap, 8 words are all that is required.

    “The stars at night, are big and bright.”

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  141. Mr. Cuban:

    Jeremy Gregg at #13 has a great long-term idea. Dallas has a highly underrated independent music scene.

    However, for the short-term TNT debut, I’d go with The Black Eyed Peas’ “Pump It.” It borrows generously from Dick Dale’s surf classic “Misirlou.” Most would know the original better as “that Pulp Fiction song.”

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  142. a remix of AC/DC “Back in Black” would do the job.

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  143. Two suggestions I saw that I liked: Blur (Song #2) and POD (Boom). Along those lines….”Click Click Boom” by Saliva.

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  144. Yo Mark,

    great idea while I was in the shower.

    So the jumbotron flashes “Get Up, Stand up” (obviously accompanied by the music),
    and then cues the fans to sing their part,

    “Stand Up For The Mavs”.

    It’s directly telling them to stand up. The only other thing that does that is James Brown,

    “Get On Up”…..

    Sorry to hog blog space, I just thought it was a keen idea.

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  145. Mark,

    it appears you answered your own question the second you were signing off. “TNT”. When considering the market (Dallas), it seemed a perfect fit.

    Sadly I actually looked up the rest of the lyrics. What you will read is not too pretty.
    I’m actually offended now knowing sports venue’s play this song regularly. Here’s what I am talking about, the lyrics.

    “So lock up your daughter
    Lock up your wife
    Lock up your back door
    And run for your life
    The man is back in town
    So don’t you mess around.”

    Not exactly family friendly if you ask me.
    Sounds like a great Portland anthem though.

    So let me give you another idea, hmmm.

    Got it buddy. Everybody loves Bob…

    “GET UP, STAND UP, STAND UP FOR THE MAVS”

    “GET UP, STAND UP< STAND UP FOR THE MAVS". You can't get a more loved musician then Bob Marley. Now I know this might not resonate in Dallas as much as a AC DC "TNT" would, but considering the humble tune that "GET UP STAND UP" is, and the simple fact that the song is mentioning you "STAND UP", it seems a no brainer. Good luck in your search, your not gonna find anything better then, "GET UP STAND UP, STAND UP FOR THE MAVS".... Peace Jason Moffatt

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  146. Mark,

    My vote is for either Blur’s Song #2 or “Who Let The Dogs Out” by whoever that’s by.

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  147. It looks like the Blur “Song 2” bandwagon is rolling, and I’m more than ready to hop on.

    Also, a song that invokes a passionate “Hey!” from the crowd is “Gimme Some Lovin'” by The Spencer Davis Trio. For a taste of what it can do for a stadium full of people, check out the ’86 Queen version live at Wembley.

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  148. Eric Erlandson (Hole) and Melissa Auf Der Maur (Smashing Pumpkins) aka “Tube Tops 2000” recorded a much hipper/cooler version of “Rock N Roll Part 2” for a CD compilation called Blockbuster: A Glitter Glam Rock Experience. Check it out at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000051ZMJ/qid=1130538477/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/002-9667600-6439255?v=glance&s=music

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  149. The best song (no words) would be Baby Elephant Walk by Henry Mancini. (from Hatari). No one can resist this song from ages 2-100. It’s uplifting, timless, and makes everyone wnat to get up and dance. Think Pink works here as the Pink Panther theme song and Moon River are on the same album. Safe and sound!!!

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  150. How about “The Horse”? It’s a crowd pleaser and goes along with the whole Mavericks theme.

    It’s by J. James, don’t know the first name, lots of college bands use it as well.

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  151. Song: La Grange by ZZ Top

    This song is instantly recognizable by everyone in Dallas and has a Texas feel to it as well. BTW, the Thunderstruck guy quit being fun two seasons ago when he pushed a kid away off camera to lipsync. Lame and played out. Great bathroom break moment in the AAC.

    While we’re on the subject of songs, why do you continue to refrain from turning up the volume on the Emminance Front player intro? Everytime it is played LOUD is sets the tone for the crowd the whole game. More often than not last season the volume was low and the crowd’s energy level became low as well. Crank this sucker up!

    Clothing: Dirk #41 jersey t-shirt.

    He is what this team is about now to fans. He is the personal and emotional connection to the team for us now with the recent (2 yr.) player turnover. It is a simple, strong and bold statement to wear the #41. He is a source of pride in this franchise and should be the shirt to wear.

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  152. Right Now by Van Halen.

    Gets me pumped at the Stiller games….:-()

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  153. How about:
    -Any live intro to “Ants Marching”- Dave Matthews Band
    -“Jump”- Van Halen (perhaps too cliche)
    -“Stand Up”- Dave Matthews Band

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  154. Mark,

    Hands down, your choice is:

    Galvanize – Crystal Method

    Find it, listen to it, it’s ideal

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  155. “Do You Want To” by Franz Ferdinand

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  156. how about,,,

    ” battle without honor or humanity ”
    by tomoyasu hotei from the Kill Bill vol 1 soundtrack,… all musical,. nice intro & kick butt ,.. heck u may already be playing it,….
    look forward to seeing the mav’s come to sacramento to get thumped up on,…..

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  157. Music ideas:
    Tough by Kurtis Blow (maybe Basketball is too obvious?)
    Mavs ideas:
    Get rid of those hideous dude cheerleaders! BLECH!!

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  158. Mark,

    what i think you need to do is get your players pumped way way UP! if they bring energy onto the floor when this music starts, then the crowd will “feel it” and they too will get pumped up.

    you need to go ask your players what music they want to hear blasted in the arena when they are being introduced, so that they are put into the right frame of mind for taking immediate control of the game.

    as i understand it, part of the dress code keeps the players from hearing their tunes while walking into the stadium and while warming up. thats just plain stupid if you ask me. i realize that only affects the beginning of the game, but lets set the tone right away with pumped up players! too often the guys look like they are in a library doing research… i’m sure its just deep thought as they look over their opponent and run through plays and scenarios in their mind, but, these are PROs. they should be ready long before they hit the arena.

    i’m sure you can find the right music the players want to hear to get them jumping, and the fans will jump right along with them!

    — alex

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  159. Queens of the Stone Age – No one Knows. It really gets you going but the lyrics do come in kinda quick.

    Number 13 is a great idea but I am not sure on clearences needed for it and you need to offer more than just playing, some identification on the screen but that might get in the way of other activities on the big board.

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  160. Joan Jett’s I love rock n roll.

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  161. I have to second “Song 2” by Blur.

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  162. “Yeah” by Usher

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  163. AC/DC Thunderstruck. You just gotta turn that shit up and make sure tha bass is crankin. Man that songs gets me going everytime.

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  164. wear a chicken costume

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  165. Thousand Foot Krutch’s “Rawkfist”

    TobyMac “Slam”

    Two awesome songs!!

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  166. Shim Sham Shimmy/Champion Jack Dupree

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  167. has to be mike:

    billie jean
    smooth criminal
    thriller

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  168. Mark, I would go with something like Vertigo or other assorted U2 song for the team, I am sure you will make the concert tomorrow, and if you have room for one more, contact me PLEASE. U2 has a flare for songs that rock. A local band, Toadies “I Come from the Water” is another good song, not to mention the likes of Reverend Horton Heat, “Jimbo Song” and many others would get a Dallas crowd rocking the AAC. Whatever you choose, try to keep it original.

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  169. I dig the Blur 2 also what about Rob Zombie/white zombie
    Thunderkiss65 or more human than human. He’s got a whole kinda hillbilly from hell thing going on that could work in texas.

    Queens of the Stone age also fit the bill
    No One Knows
    little sister
    song for the dead the best drum intro ever supplied by dave grohl.

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  170. Maybe not every night, but sparingly, you should bring back ‘Shout’ like we had at Reunion in the 80’s. I’ve never heard a louder arena than when the Rowdies were rocking. Everyone goes crazy with that song.

    And the Thunderstruck guy still rules.

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  171. You seriously need one of those t-shirts with a mock tuxedo printed on it for the first game.

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  172. Blur – Song 2

    “Who Wants to Rock” by Clutch

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  173. I’ve got to say, Jeremy Gregg’s (post 13) idea isn’t bad. Giving local rock and hiphop producers the chance to do music could work. Gives them attention, and you (possibly) multiple cheap songs. And if no one’s stuff works, well no big deal.

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  174. In 1984 when the Cubs won the pennant, there was a song played before every game. Van Halens’ Jump. There is a part of it where there are no words at all, but the hair on your forearm will stand up and you’ll get goosepimples. It is energizing. It is fun. It leaves a smile on your face. Give it a listen. It worked for my beloved Cubbies in 84 when they were 1 game away from the World Series (Damn you, Steve Garvey!).

    BTW, I love watching the Mavs play. Next to Philly, Sacramento, and Chicago, they are my favorite team. Don’t worry, I only watch Philly for Iverson, and Sacramento for Peja. Your team has more depth of talent. Chicago is a lost cause. Could you imagine how good they would be if they never made those horrible trades. They would have Elton Brand, Ron Artest, Jamal Crawford, Brad Miller; they would be one of the better teams. Instead we keep trading away talent. Maybe we should change our name from the Bulls to NBA Farm System.

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  175. Smashmouth circa late 1990s…”All Star”….one of the greatest get up and clap songs of all time…

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  176. George Thorogood & The Destroyers
    “Bad to the Bone”

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  177. maybe kick out the jams by mc5?

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  178. Phish’s “Punch You In The Eye”. I’m surprised this hasn’t been used before — the first bit has no lyrics and a huge “HEY” that the band used as a set opener all the time. Fantastic.

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  179. Dear Mark,
    I was up 4 AM tuesday to listen to the suns game. It was a great experience, and I’m glad I only had a 6-hour day at work afterwards…
    Try listen to Safri Duo, All the People In The World or Played-A-Live. http://www.safriduo.dk/ Look it up under clips.
    You’ll have the crowd rocking. It would be original in your part of the world, I’m sure.
    I’ll come visit one day, and it’ll be a blast no matter the tune.
    mffl

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  180. Mark, It just came to me ever seen Vision Quest? Red Rider- Lunatic Fringe

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  181. The Message by Grandmaster Flash!

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  182. Surprisingly nobody here has suggested “All My Life” by Foo Fighters. Doesn’t meet your few or no words ideal, but the beat definitely carries the song. I’ll avoid suggesting tunes by the obvious such as the Scorpions or less obvious Billy Squier.

    Since this is for basketball, AC/DC’s “Shoot to Thrill” seems apropo.

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  183. 0:17 to 1:07
    from “All You Zombies”
    by The Hooters

    it’s obvious when to clap, great power guitar, and it builds!!

    Or get Mark Knopfler to customize the intro to
    “Walk of Life” which would be an excellent choice in and of itself, but has the added bonus of bringing to mind its sports-theme video for the I-Want-My-MTV generation.

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  184. Hey Mark, wow, ask and you shall receive huh? Here here, it’s nice to know that someone has the sense to know that RnR Part II has run it’s course.

    Take a listen to “I Love It Loud” by KISS (1982’s Creatures of the Night LP). Thunderous drums (best drum tone ever laid down in my opinion) and a simple shout chorus…Simple, yet overstated, isn’t that what’s it’s all about??

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  185. Hi Mark,

    I still think “SHARP DRESSED MAV” would be a great sing-along, crowd participation song….

    “SHARP DRESSED MAV”….

    Clean shirt, new shoes
    And I don’t know where I am goin’ to.
    Silk suit, black tie,
    I don’t need a reason why.
    They come runnin’ just as fast as they can
    Coz every girl crazy ’bout a
    (20K fans sing): “SHARP DRESSED MAV”

    Gold watch, diamond ring,
    I ain’t missin’ a single thing.
    And cufflinks, stick pin,
    When I step out I’m gonna do you in.
    They come runnin’ just as fast as they can
    Coz every girl crazy ’bout a
    (20K fans sing): “SHARP DRESSED MAV”

    Top coat, top hat,
    I don’t worry coz my wallet’s fat.
    Black shades, white gloves,
    Lookin’ sharp and lookin’ for love.
    They come runnin’ just as fast as they can
    Coz every girl grazy ’bout a
    (20K fans sing): “SHARP DRESSED MAV”

    Jim Parham
    Yuba City, CA

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  186. “The song that everyone in sports stole from the NHL, who stole it from who knows who.”

    The Denver Broncos was the first major sports team to use Gary Glitter. However, the Broncos stole the now sports anthem from the Seattle Thunderbirds, a WHL hockey team. The T-Birds starting playing Gary Glitter in the Seattle Arena (next to the Key Arena) in 1984.

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  187. Korn – Blind
    The first 30-45 and will make a crowd erupt.
    “ARE YOU READY!?”

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  188. From Live at the Hollywood Bowl, The Beatles “Twist and Shout”, it only lasts 30 seconds, live version, and it rocks!

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  189. Song: I think it may already be played sometimes, but Funky Cold Medina is the closest song I can think of that fits those parameters.

    As for the attire last night, nice Mavs Blue sports jacket! Tucking in the under shirt might have been recommended however for those OT celebratory jumps on center court😉

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  190. I said

    “STRANGLEHOLD” by Ted Nugent

    Now stop the rest of this crap, it’s making me BLURRYEYED

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  191. LOVED THE OUTFIT LAST NITE!!! you couldnt have done better! =D

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  192. Jamie Says – Cowboy Mouth

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  193. Flagpole Sitter by Harvey Danger

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  194. Hey Mark,

    It may be a little self serving, but how about the Cuban Slide by The Pretenders? The AIy YI AIy Ya part is pretty cool.

    Remember the nights i cried
    you were doing that old cuban slide
    All night I tried and tried
    I could not master the cuban side.

    R’member the night I started to weep?
    under lights you did the ‘creep’.
    That night I could not sleep.
    Oh lord how goes the creep?

    Chorus:
    AIy YI AIy Ya- I wanna dance but my feet won’t let me
    AIy YI YI AIy- I wanna dance would someone help me
    AIy YI YI Ya- I wanna dance but my feet won’t let me
    AIy AIy Ya-

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  195. Mark —

    The answer is quite simple:

    Rob Boss/DJ Easy Rock’s “It Takes Two.” (Not to be confused with the Olsen Twins’ movie of the same name.)

    And I loved the blazer last night, man. Good stuff. Though I think you need one with a picture of David Stern as “The Godfather.”

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  196. Here is a song you can check out. Its from a breakdance movie in the 80’s called “Breakin 2”. The song is called “Din Da Da” and I think the original artist was George Kratz. It basically has no “real” words but a few catchy sounds. I can email you a small clip of it.

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  197. Hi Mark,

    OT: Last night’s season opener vs PHX was awesome….Great game to start the season! The growing rivalry with Nash & company is exciting to watch….(Even for a SacTown fan.)

    I also enjoyed that snazzy sport coat you wore last night….’Loud Blue’ is definitely your color; a real eye-catcher! Why not wear the same sport coat all season and offer to sell advertising space on it (i.e sewn on ad patches?) Perhaps the proceeds could benefit a worthwhile charity? Just an idea….

    Jim Parham
    Yuba City, CA

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  198. I can’t believe this got to #140 before someone said Queen’s “We Will Rock You” so why we’re at it…”Another One Bites The Dust”

    Props to whoever showed some love to my fave band, Duran Duran.

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  199. Mark,
    When Mariano Rivera the New York Yankees closer comes out of the bullpen they play “Enter Sandman” by Metallica and 60,000 people go crazy almost instantly. All the New York Yankees player’s say they get pumped from the song as well when he enters the game to that song… It has a long musical entrance before lyrics but the lyrics make you even more pumped… Blast it on your stereo and imagine your team taking the floor to it in your head, invision it, all great thinkers can and I know you are one…
    Keith Rafalko, NC

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  200. You should play that stupid Badger, Badger, Badger anytime an opposing player starts badgering the ref for a free throw.

    http://www.weebls-stuff.com/toons/badgers/

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  201. Led Zep’s “Immigrant Song” or Filter’s “Hey Man Nice Shot” come to mind. Maybe “Vasoline” from Stone Temple Pilots. “Morning Glory” from Oasis, although it gets kind of clattery in there.

    There are some big funky tunes on either Nikka Costa album, too. Going funk-rock, there’s always “Fight The Youth” from Fishbone or, depending on how you feel about your center, “Middle Man” from Living Colour.

    If you want to go way obscure, “Ankle Bracelet” from a guy named Mike Keneally is really big-sounding.

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  202. Check out “Superhero” by Jane’s Addiction. You might have heard it as the theme to HBO’s “Entourage.”

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  203. Alright I have your anthem, I can re-write the chorus to say something like, Mavs, Mavs, Mavs ??
    Stop at site and listen to the Ride To Live theme song. http://www.ridetolivemovie.com/premise.htm It will play. It rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  204. Not for nothing, but if Coach Johnson can get the Mavs playing up to their potential this season, it’s not going to matter what music you use because you won’t be able to hear it over the crowd.

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  205. some happy hardcore /eurodance from the 90’s:

    RMB – spring !! <-- great song paradisio - bailando scooter - nessaja or other song (Dirk knows this one for sure..) charly lownoise & mental theo - your smile - hardcore feelings - wonderfull days nakatomi - sing (na-nanana-na part) 4tune fairytales - my little fantasy reel 2 reel - i like to move it more recent dance/trance tracks: junior senior - move your feet (2002?) basement jaxx - good luck david guetta - the world is mine tiesto - loves comes again

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  206. Old but still Stands
    1st couple of Bars to George Thorogood’s version of “Bad to the Bone”.
    To crack a smile on Josh’s face, get a Shirt that says “K-Vegas”.

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  207. Contest time!

    Take what’s on this thread as your first entrants. Announce it publicly during halftime. Play one entry at a specific point during the first 10 homegames, then measure the decibel level during and after it plays.

    Highest decibel level wins. Decision of the owner is final.

    For a prize…how about a nice suit? Or a whole new wardobe! Betcha Mens Wearhouse would love to sponsor it

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  208. In addition to having an anthem you need to get BLACK EYED PEAS “Shut Up” (“shut up, just shut up, shut up..”) to play for when opposing coaches and players whine at the refs.

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  209. Hi Marc

    It has to be something that the older and the young know, try Madonna’s new cover of Abba.

    Use the Chorus, it’s been done with a modern dance feel and everybody will know the tune as it’s ABBA, a great change from a great Gary!

    And Madge is an American!

    Regards Charlie
    Founder/Chairman
    http://www.netaid.co.uk

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  210. Awesome blog! First time posting. My only thoughts on this are that if you REALLY like a song that you don’t want to use, just take a look at the SAME ARTIST’s songs, because they will probably have the same feel and energy.

    Like Prodigy’s “Breathe”. Forget about it. Overused. But damn, they’ve got like hundred’s of other songs you can choose from!

    Good for the artists too. More exposure for the work they work hard on, rather than that ONE song they get sick of hearing themselves.

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  211. P.S. Asia? Van Halen?? PLEASE try to break away from all of those cliche, over-played relics of pop…SOMEone change the sports music paradigm!

    Bowie Girl
    NYC

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  212. You might want to add “BASKETBALL JONES” Cheech and Chong to your library. It wouldn’t fit for getting 20K fans up but it would be a nice MAVS song.

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  213. Mark,

    Album: Moving Waves (1971)
    Artist: Focus
    Song: Hocus Pocus

    There is a crescendo bit that might be perfect, and I’m not sure it’s ever been used for sports before (maybe with reason).

    And I’m not sure you want to make fun of the NBA on this dress code thing. I’d choose from your normal MAVS clothing.

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  214. For my money (or, actually, yours), thinking ripping-hot Bowie: the last minute or so of “Stay” from Station to Station is a killer guitar solor that could be easily looped. Second to that the end solo of “Panic in Detroit”. If you must go pedestrian, “Rebel Rebel” and “Jean Genie” have mnemonic chords that everyone would jump to. James Brown’s “Get Up Offa That Thing” breaks the ice, as well.

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  215. song 2 and zombie nation would be my suggestions

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  216. Unfortunately, this fails the test of originality, but those of us who are older than dirt remember when TBS had a song advertising their NBA games called” Lets go the hoop” it was a take off of Danny and the Juniors “Lets go to the Hop”

    Along with the accompaning video, it was genius

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  217. I second Jump Around, I’m not sure how well it’d work for the Mavs crowd, but just watch the Wisconsin student section after the 3rd quarter of a football game, if it works half as well on the Mavs crowd as it does on college students you should be set.

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  218. “Arthur’s Farewell” from the First Knight soundtrack. This should be used to introduce the starting line-up.

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  219. Mink Coat, sunglasses, Pimp suit. And Large rings.

    Or you could find something hideous, like a plaid suit from good will.

    You could also sell grey collars at the mavs games, to mock the “dress code”[One of those freebies to up attendance]

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  220. “Enter Sandman” by Metallica

    Watch the beginning of the Virginia Tech vs. Miami game this weekend. You’ll know what I mean. They should do a video of it. They did one in 2003 and the whole place is rockin’. Even the old timers were jumping up and down in their seats.

    Of course I’m biased. I went to VT.

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  221. Barry Manilow’s Mandy.

    Wait, what was the question?

    Actually, the intro to Zeppelin’s When the Levee Breaks would be nice. The Hardline used to use that to open their show(maybe they still do?).

    Great drum beat though.

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  222. Blur Song #2

    nuff said….

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  223. So how does one qualify for the “music guy” job??

    Blur Song #2 or Big Daddy – Oh La La (the Hooo part)

    Fun songs during other times:

    2. I’m your Boogie Man – KC & Sunshine
    3. Picking up the Pieces – Average White Band
    4. Peace Frog – Doors (gets the crowd going)
    5. Sex Machine – James Brown
    6. Crazy in Love – Beyonce/Jay-Z
    7. ABC – Jackson 5
    8. Twist and Shout (Reunion Arena days)
    9. Shining Star – Earth Wind & Fire
    10.BodyRock – Moby
    11. Shakin’ That Ass – Groove Armada
    12. Get this Party Started – Pink
    13. MachineHead – Bush
    14. Heavy – Collective Soul (1st part)
    15. Start the Commotion – Wise Guys
    16. Move This – Technotronic
    17. Pump up the Volume – MARRS

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  224. Hi Mark:

    I have an amazing wireless device that
    I give to stadium audiences and theater audiences (Landmark)that enables everyone
    in the seats to respond to questions, send text, play games, drive movies and multimedia etc. NBA All Star voting for dunk contests etc.

    Please check out my web sites at:
    http://www.y-show.com
    http://www.machine-dreams.com

    Alan Yelsey
    612-616-5430

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  225. Queen’s we will rock you is probably the best one. Everyone knows it and though it’s been played alot everyone expects to rock the arena when they hear it.

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  226. Talking Heads – Burning Down the House (live) – great instrumental in the middle

    Tom Petty – Makin’ Some Noise (from Into the Great Wide Open) – excellent guitar/drum intro

    Rush – The Spirit of Radio – intro or the instrumental toward the end

    ZZ Top – Planet of Women – intro

    Styx – Mr. Roboto – the most daring choice, but an underused song that EVERYONE knows

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  227. hey guys what about “Republica – ready to go”, it really rocks. And Mark, let us know what are your top choices from the user comments..

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  228. “Let’s Get Rocked” by Def Leppard. Hellacious intro. Suggest you have it edited to just use the chorus.

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  229. Shakedown Street – Grateful Dead.

    The Bass Line is Killer (you can loop)

    “Dont tell me this town aint got no heart? You just gotta poke around….”

    I’m telling ya, it will knock em out…

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  230. I am not aware of the crowd demo but I think this would get them fired-up; as well, I am sure you could use some of the movie clips/sounds bites. Better sit down for this one:
    Danger Zone
    Kenny Loggins
    (Top Gun Soundtrack)

    Go Lakers…

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  231. If you want to see 20,000 fans going crazy you have to play “Jump Around” by House Of Pain. The Wisconsin Badgers play it entering the 4th quarter and the entire stadium literally shakes because of the excitement from the 75,000 fans!

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  232. Songs with no words, rockin’ beat, sounds like you should search the libraries of Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, and Steve Vai.
    Here’s one from Eric:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0009K7RO8/qid=1130521568/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-5848611-8186441
    Album: “Bloom”
    Track: “Good To Me”
    “Tribute to Jerry Reed” would be funny too.
    Eric Johnsone is a Texan if that means anything.

    And Gabriel, why would Mark want one of your testicals?

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  233. Mark,
    Check out comment #42 about George Clinton. The P-funk’s music can get anyone dancing. In addition to “Atomic Dog”, check out the tunes “Flashlight” and “Bop Gun (One Nation)”. Well, really, any of his tunes will get things bumpin’…

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  234. I thought all sport teams stopped playing the Gary Glitter song after HE was charged with possession of illegalporn a few years back. Don’t you want to know where those residual checks are actually going?

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  235. I say you go with 2 Legit 2 Quit for the song and a suit similar to the one Matthew Lekso wears(the question man), except use $ instead of ?

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  236. I thought all sport teams stopped playing the Gary Glitter song after we was charged with possession of illegalporn a few years back. Don’t you want to know where those residual checks are actually going?

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  237. Hey Mark,

    keeping with the theme of stealing from hockey, my two cents would goto “The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop”, during my home town’s London Knights run to Memorial Cup champions last for Canadian Hockey’s best junior team that song was used thru the entire playoff run and got everyone on their feet.

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  238. Blur – Song 2.

    Chronicles of a Strip Club DJ:
    http://www.stripcity.blogspot.com

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  239. More support here for Blur’s Song 2 – a lot of people know it, and the “Whoo-hoo!” used throughout the song is infectious.

    If you use Franz Ferdinand’s Take Me Out, you’ll probably have to jump in somewhere in the middle of the song. Not bad, though.

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  240. one vote for speedo.
    p.s. i love the jeopardy parody w/ dirk, td, and lebron.

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  241. The sports authority is having to deal with a recent injunction imposed today

    probhibiting their forcing fans to be searched.

    Another thought might be to combine your film interests and the

    Mavericks – have you thought of whether any of the music written for/used by and of

    the films you are producing might also be appropriate here?

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  242. Hey Mark. You should dress up as Craig Sager as a late Halloween costume. Just wear an ugly bright colored suit. I know you don’t own one but it would definately be worth it.

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  243. Marc,

    Knowing that we have kids about the same age, I know you will appreciate this one… How about the “I like to Move it” song from the movie Madagascar. It caters to a wide variety of audiences. It is fun. It is fresh. It is a few words. Most importantly I think it would get the crowd going. If you go with it…I would greatly appreciate some tickets to the Cavs vs. Mavs game in Dallas (I am from Cleveland).

    Also, I am anxious to see what you come up with for Attire. No Doubt, a fine will be coming your way. Ah, it must be good to be the king:-).

    Another thought about the songs, how about digging out some old rubby songs. I am sure they would be a hit with Stern.

    Good Luck this season.

    Cheers!
    Dave

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  244. it really depends on how much of the song will be playing…

    system of a down – chop suey

    gorillaz – feel good inc

    and if you want something obscure for player intros – nine inch nails “help me i am in …”

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  245. “Boom” from POD is good, because when I think Mavs, I do think, “….here comes the BOOM!
    How you like me now?” LOVE IT!
    Fire it up!

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  246. BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI

    How cool would it be to get everyone on their feet whistling in unison; perhaps when the Refs are conferencing about a stupid call.

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  247. What about “Shout!” like the Mavs used to play in the late 80s? I loved that song late in the game!

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  248. As far as your outfit, I think a custom green blue and silver sequined cowboy getup would be incredible.

    Comment by Ken -

  249. The sports authority is having to deal with a recent injunction imposed today

    probhibiting their forcing fans to be searched.

    Another thought might be to combine your film interests and the

    Mavericks – have you thought of whether any of the music written for/used by and of

    the films you are producing might also be appropriate here?

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  250. AC/DC – Back In Black
    Michael Jackson – Thriller
    Europe – Final Countdown (already mentioned)
    The Stranglers – Peaches
    ELO – Don’t Bring Me Down
    Duran Duran – Rio
    Credence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son
    Police – Synchronicity II

    And maybe
    Don Ho – Tiny Bubbles

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  251. “Freedom”, by Alice Cooper
    “I Wanna Rock” or “Shoot em Down”, by Twisted Sister
    “Fight for your Right”, by the Beastie Boys
    “Wrestlemania I Theme” from Wrestlemania I (very hard to find, but gloriously awesome)
    “I am a Real American”, by Rick Derringer (guaranteed to get the fans singing along, although Dirk might feel left out)
    “Engel” or “Mein Herz Brent” by Rammstein (once they know it, will get the fans pumped, but will leave everyone but Dirk out)
    “Going the Distance” by Bill Conti (from Rocky)

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  252. Mark,

    Love your insight into all aspects of sport, business and technology.

    Songs to consider:

    “Going outta my my head” Fatboy Slim
    “Elevation” – U2
    “Get Back” – Ludacris/Sum41 (Edited version)
    “Iron Man” – Sir Mix-a-lot/Sabbath
    “The Wall” – John Cougar Mellancamp
    “For those about to Rock, We salute you” – ACDC
    “Slam” -Onyx
    “Hip Hop Horray” – Naughty by Nature

    Gotta go old school…..

    Just a thought, good luck with the search.

    Johnny M.
    Ottawa, Ontario

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  253. #35, I totally agree with you. Fun Zone by Weird Al is a great song. I have always loved it, and it has a great energy.

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  254. I’d second (third? fourth?) “Song 2” by Blur.
    Surf music would be interesting… there’s a great track on the Pixies “Bassanova” album, but the name escapes me right now.

    If you’re willing to go back to the NHL well, the Canucks used to play the heck out of “Du Hast” by Rammstein. Worked for them, but I’m not sure it’d be right for you.

    Let me throw out two more:
    “Mindphaser” by Front Line Assembly (from the “Tactical Neural Implant” album).
    “Rock Lobster” by the B-52s (saw them at the Moore theather in Seattle once, and when they played this I thought the balcony was going to collapse from all the people dancing around. Hand to God, I thought we were going to die.)

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  255. Here is your recommandation:

    Clutch – Pure Rock Fury

    You can thank me later.

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  256. I’ve wondered many times why that song is played so much considering Gary Glitter has been convicted of child pornography and actually got kicked out of Cambodia (a hotbed for child prostitution).

    The NBA has a dress code but doesn’t mind playing Glitter’s music?

    At Arco Arena I used to laugh to myself when a riff from Marilyn Manson’s “Beautiful People” would come over the loudspeakers. The fans would get pumped up. They loved it. Little did they know they were standing up and clapping to a musician who many — including some in the crowd, no doubt — have demonized as being a bad influence.

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  257. Mark,
    There are merely three words for getting funky…

    “WHOOMP THERE IT IS”

    Yes, I realize it’s four… I don’t understand the song’s logic either.

    But seriously, it’s a crazy cheesy song but everyone knows it. But then again, everyone HATES it. Maybe some Hammer? STOP IT’S HAMMER TIME.

    Or if you don’t want terrible music, maybe some theme songs? Gladiator? Lord of the Rings?

    As for what you should wear – come dressed in the exact opposite of what you should wear. It’ll draw attention, and you could request the money be donated to the earthquakes in Pakistan, where over 200,000 people have lost their lives, which is about 200 times worse than Katrina. Use your exposure to do some international good. It will help the NBA gain national exposure as well.

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  258. franz ferdinand – take me out
    kasabian – club foot

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  259. Reel 2 Reel’s ‘I Like to Move it, Move it’ was a good one from back in the day. Or Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, if you wanted something a little heavier.

    But i too like the suggestion of local talent providing the music. you could even make it a contest that the winning band gets to perform their song live in front of the crowds as a warm-up for the game. not necessarily season opener, but later in the season.

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  260. [audio src="http://ia300804.eu.archive.org/0/items/George_Bush_Doesnt_Like_Black_People/GeorgeBushDoesntCareAboutBlackPeople.mp3" /]

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  261. Solution: Surf music. You can go with the Ventures, if you want well-known and classic. For a bit more diversity (and, frankly, more swingin’ tunes) I recommend a CD called “Surf Legends and Rumors” on the Garland/DCC label (GRZ-019). 26 tracks of great vintage surf music, nearly all instrumental. This disc is out of print but available on amazon.com, among other places.

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  262. Mark,
    No problem. Your song is
    Atomic Dog — George Clinton.
    Bow wow wow yippee oh yippee ay.
    Just let me know when you want me to come down to hear it.
    BH

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  263. Solution: Surf music. You can go with the Ventures, if you want well-known and classic. For a bit more diversity (and, frankly, more swingin’ tunes) I recommend a CD called “Surf Legends and Rumors” on the Garland/DCC label (GRZ-019). 26 tracks of great vintage surf music, nearly all instrumental. This disc is out of print but available on amazon.com, among other places.

    Comment by Mike King -

  264. Hi Mark…I emailed you about this about three years ago, and I appreciated your polite response.

    RL Burnside is an old blues dude that had a resurgence of sorts in the 90’s (some indie artists promoted him and he garnered a following as a result)…

    He’s got a song called “let my baby ride” instrumental…its been played as warm up music before numerous concerts I’ve attended and it gets everyone up and rockin…

    thanks and your blog is required reading…

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  265. Hava Nagila would be amazing.

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  266. The Final Countdown by Europe, but more for the end of games. Nothing is better than synsthesized brass.

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  267. Flight of the valkyrie

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  268. Funky Comedina by Tone Loc, then hire some well-dressed socialites and change the lyrics to “Funky Cuban Divas”.

    Comment by Kurt Johnson -

  269. My recommendation for a song is “One Step Beyond” by Madness. There’s some talking at the beginning, but once the song gets going, it’s pretty cool and the only lyrics are “One Step Beyond!”. It’s also got a great saxophone melody.

    The 80’s retro feel will get the Gen X’ers who grew up on MTV out of their seat (remember that video?), and it’s peppy and catchy enough to get the kids moving as well.

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  270. Don’t dismiss this one out of hand: “Fun Zone” by Weird Al Yankovic. It’s an instrumental with the same energy as “Cliffs of Dover” by Eric Johnson, with an accelerating “Hey!” towards the end of it. It was used in the movie UHF. Most people won’t recognize it, but it rocks, and they’ll get the “Hey!” section pretty quickly.

    iTunes Music Store link: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playlistId=62790453&s=143441&i=62790330

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  271. How about Jet’s “Are you gonna be my girl?”, Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life”, or the opening licks of Van Halen’s “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”?

    Comment by Pat Donovan -

  272. Hey, Mark! I’ll also agree that Blur is a great idea. I’d like to add to the growing list the intro to “You Really Got Me” by Van Halen, one of the more visceral pieces of muisic I can remember. For something COMPLETELY different (and I’m not sure how effective this would actually be), how about “Rebel Rouser” by Duane Eddy? Maybe a bit too subtle to rev up a crowd, but it’s a decent little upbeat instrumental…

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  273. How about Triple-H’s theme music from the WWE – Time to play the game!! They play it sometimes in the beginning of the NJ Devils’ games.

    P.S. I wanna be on The Benefactor 2! 🙂 I watched, it was a good show, but you should have picked the surfer dude!

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  274. How about the beginning of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck”? You know just the “nananananah thunder” part before the main lyrics kick in. The intro progressively intensifies which should get any crowd going.

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  275. I can write a song just like you want. It would take time to write it and I would need input from you as I create it. I guarantee i can get people off their feet yelling/singing along to something with few words and a lot of energy. My songs have inspired people to jump, yell and even break my mikestand(while performing)…getting 20,000 people to shout along should be no problem. Id need to find a drummer to work with, my band recently split.
    Can you play drums mark? Or want to learn? you could lead the song live at the home games.
    now that would get people movin!!

    Cant wait for the mavs home opener. Ill be there!!!

    As far as what you should wear – im not sure but they put ron artest with a tiara on his head in the colbert report so youll have to top that.

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  276. The Yankees play “Black Betty” by Ram Jam when they’re trying to get the fans going. They play something like the first 30-45 seconds of the song because the opening guitar riff is the “power” of the song.

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  277. “We Will Rock You” by Queen is the best get you ass off your seat sport song. Of course, it’s been done too many times.

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  278. Jurassic 5 – The Game

    It starts with “Are you ready to play the game? – Yeah!”

    Loop the beat and you’re golden.

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  279. Given the wide exposure you could offer – both the fans in the stands and on TV, you might consider looking at some options from sources outside of mainstream or classic rock/hip-hop.

    For example, I’d suggest listening to some of the music from Brother Love (http://www.brotherloverocks.com) one of the top rated musicians from the Podcast Music Network (http://music.podshow.com) – really rocking and catchy music (I particuarly like There She Goes).

    Similarly the idea of asking for local musicians I think is a great one – and the exposure could be massive (imagine how many Journey records or at least tracks on iTunes were sold to White Sox fans as a result of the constant reminders that the White Sox had “adopted” Steve Perry and Journey’s song “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” as their theme song this year.

    Another thought might be to combine your film interests and the Mavericks – have you thought of whether any of the music written for/used by and of the films you are producing might also be appropriate here? (again cross-promotion opportunities abound)

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  280. The Hartford Whalers used play a song called “Brass Bonanza” after they scored goals and when they skated out onto the ice.
    It’s perfect for what you are looking for.

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  281. What about the White Stripes ‘7 Nation Army’?

    Or Jurassic 5 ‘I am Sombody’?

    Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’?

    Dr. Dre’s ‘Still D.R.E’?

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  282. maybe let’s go crazy by prince or welcome to the jungle by guns n roses.

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  283. Ah, missed the no lyrics part. Well, try Deltron 3030’s Instrumental Version. It can be found on Amazon.

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  284. Deltron 3030?
    The Donnas?
    The Mooney Suzuki?

    Maybe need some creative editing for a few of the songs by those artists, but there’s some really jumpin stuff out there by those artists.

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  285. Mark, you should wear the nicest suit you own, complete with Mavs doorag and massive $ pendant dangling from your neck. Maybe even some blue Chucks, while jamming “Breakin’ the Law”. Let the games begin.

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  286. The Final Countdown by Europe.
    You can’t go wrong.

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