Usually when I say I get a lot of emails about something, it’s over a very short, very concentrated time. If one of the players says something in an interview or something unusual appears online, I get hit with a whole bunch of emails until that particular media firestorm passes and then I never hear about it again.
But there are a few questions that I get asked just about every week, several times a week, so I’m going to start answering those here to try to head the emails off before they’re sent.
Today: What’s the song they play during the player introductions at FedExField?
There are a few possible answers to this one. The song that says “For those about to rock, we salute you” over and over again is For Those About to Rock (We Salute You), by AC/DC. This is played during a video before player introductions, and it is not the song that most people are referring to.
Next up, also during a video, is an instrumental tune with bells and an orchestra. It’s one of those songs that practically screams football, which is probably because it was composed for NFL Films by either Sam Spence or Tom Hedden depending on which reference materials you believe. This is A New Game, almost certainly the remixed version from the Madden NFL 06 videogame soundtrack. It’s also not the song that most people are looking for, although it’s been correct a few times.
The song most people are asking about is what actually plays while the players are running out of the tunnel. It’s all chanting voices and clashing cymbals and orchestral craziness, and I asked a few of the players if they knew what it was.
“Nope,” said Anthony Montgomery.
“No, sorry,” said Rob Jackson.
Pete Kendall at least took a stab at it. “Are you talking about that Who song?”
No, I said, that was pre-introduction last year. This is an orchestral piece. I hummed a bit of it at him.
I tried again: DAH doot-doot-doot! DAH doot-doot-doot! Dah dah dah dah DAH dada!
Predictably, this made Kendall look at me like I had lost my mind. “I have no idea what you’re trying to sing,” he said.
Fortunately, I happen to know what the piece is, even if my attempts to mouth-guitar it were atrocious: it’s the “O Fortuna” movement that opens and closes Carl Orff’s musical rendition of Carmina Burana, as seen here. (And here are the lyrics if you want to sing along for some reason.)
It’s a melody that’s been used all over the place, which is how it’s usually identified — this is the musical version of That Guy from movies and TV shows. “Oh,” said Marcus Washington when I finally managed to hum a passable version of it, “that’s That Song that’s always in battle scenes and stuff!”
Yep. I first remember it from the trailer to Mel Gibson’s 1990 version of Hamlet, although I have no idea why that stuck with me. More people probably know it as the background to Nas’s 1999 Hate Me Now, and even more from the movies it’s appeared in.
One thing that it is NOT, despite some surface similarities, is the song from that Giant Chessboard U.S. Marine Corps commercial that used to play all the time during football telecasts, although that commercial was terrific in its own insane way. Seriously, how does this make you want to join the Marines?
Anyhow, that’s the answer to the often-asked question about stadium introductions. Now you know.