Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Link o' the Day

Spring Training is over, and like the athletes down in Florida and Arizona, it's time for me to prove that I'm in shape for the season. That means no more of this "two posts a week" crap, as I prepare for the daily grind of blogging during the baseball season.

Today's link is only tangentially related to sports. One of my favorite local columnists, the Daily News' David Hinckley, is doing a history of New York music in installments for the newspaper. Today's entry is about that mysterious stadium favorite "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" and the ultimate one-hit wonder band, Steam, which was created exclusively for the song. In Hinckley's words:

As with "White Christmas," probably 90 people out of a hundred can sing only the chorus.

And probably only two out of a hundred even know it has verses.

But its message in the arena is as clear as the message to the gladiator when the emperor turned his thumbs down.

Na na na na, na na na na, hey, hey, kiss him goodbye.

1 comment:

Repoz said...

Derek, The Steam/stadium chant was started by Nancy Faust and her organ at the Old Comiskey Park in 1977.

The song was re-released with a White Sox inspired cover (actually the Chi-Sox lamo player batting logo) a couple of years later.

Since I'm an idiot...I have both the original Steam 45 and the White Sox one.