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Ego-Stroke: What's the Song You'd Pick For Your Stadium Intro?

Two things have me thinking about intro music.  I've been to 3 or 4 Major League Baseball games in the last month, and I love the fact that the members of the home team get to pick the music that plays as they approach the plate - usually a 20-30 second clip of a popular, but rocking, tune.   As a result, we played my favorite game during and after the game - everyone got to come up with 2 or 3 tunes they would blast if they were the ones approaching the plate.  Team building at its best...  See notes on the intro songs used by players in the big leagues and the story behind their selections here...

Plus, DAXKO's getting a "cool place to work" award locally next month, and the organization running theAlbert-pujols show asked for the same thing - a clip of music to be played when one of our team members skips forward to accept the award for the company at large.

Very Cool...  So, what would your song be if you could blast music over the intercom as you were entering the conference room, or simply walking down the hallway?  Bring your "A" game, my brothers and sisters...

The rules for this game:

1.  Any type of music can be used - but it has to rock and pump up the blood of the people around you and let them know a little something about how you like to rock/jam/line dance...

2.  Leave your Top 3 on the comments to this blog entry along with an explanation of why it rocks and is representative of how you rock...

3.  Bonus points - if your arch rival was walking into the same conference room after your entrance and you wanted to deflate them, what would you play? (note - visiting players in baseball generally don't get to pick their music, it's provided for them with an intent to embarrass - think "Air Supply", etc.) 

If we get good participation, I'll rank them in a closing post in a few days.  To get it started, I'll give you a glimpse of where I am going - ACDC's "TNT" anyone?  EPMD's "Strictly Business"? Perhaps Nirvana's "In Bloom"?.....


Steve Boese

I am going with:

1. 'Runnin' with the Devil', solid rocking song, signifies an element of I'm getting it done and making no apologies how I do it.

2. 'Blitzkrieg Bop', cliche I know, but sends out a strong message that extremely limited talent but possessing one killer angle can take you pretty far

3. 'Sabotage' - I have to choose a Beastie Boys tune, and this one is awesome and has maybe my favorite video of all-time.

For my arch rival, I would not go so obviously pansy like Christopher Cross or Michael Bolton. I think it would be more embarrassing to choose a tune that has faux toughness like something from Billy Squier or Twisted Sister. How about 'Hit me With Your Best Shot' by Pat Benatar? Allegedly a 'tough' song, but exceedingly wimpy.


Generally anything by Journey fits the bill for me. "Those crazy nights I do remember in my youth, I do recall those were the best times, most of all ..." (Stone in Love) Crazy good rock music. For some reason I feel like putting on roller skates whenever I hear it.

Rascal Flatts version of "Life is a Highway." If you have kids, you've heard this 8 million times while they've watched Lightning McQueen, but even so, this song never fails to get my toe tappin' and pep me up.

This one will date me, but "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince. My parents wouldn't let me have the album, but one of my neighbors did, and we spent a summer listening to that and dancing all over her bedroom. Good times.

Tim Sackett

I'm going with DMX - Party Up (Ya'll Going To Make Me Lose My Mind, Up In Here...) - Just because it get's me pumped up.

For my Arch Rival I'm going with songs that make people laugh at them:

1. Dancing Queen - Abba
2. I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred
3. Culture Club - Do You Really Want to Hurt Me

Vishveshwar Jatain

Love the post idea! Here's my list

1. Undead by Hollywood Undead, because this song is pure aggression, from the edgy music to the no holds barred lyrics *bordering on hate/contempt?*, totally awesome to crash someone's scene!

2. One of a kind - Placebo, because this song tells me that there are no real 'ground rules' in life - not going to that famed college or just being the one to not interact and sit at the back of a class does not mean one can't be successful in life and vice-versa. We all make our own rules, it's just about the conviction and belief! And yes, the volume shall be pumped to max!

3. Maybe tomorrow - Stereophonics, because life is a game which has the occasional 'black clouds' and it has to be take like that, in the spirit of the game *being coy helps a bit in such times* - and if it's my dream team, they will sing along FTW!

For my Arch Rival *bonus for me, bad move for him walking in at the wrong moment*:

(s)Aint by Marilyn Manson because I quote "I don't care if your world is ending today, because I wasn't invited to it anyway..."

Trish McFarlane

Ok- my #1 has to be "Head Like A Hole" by Nine Inch Nails. Any song that starts "Bow down before the one you serve, you're going to get what you deserve!" with those strong drums has to be it for me. Kinda puts it in the opposing team's face.

#2 AC/DC "Girl's Got Rhythm". That crazy guitar makes it my pick.

#3 is "Still of the Night" by Whitesnake. Again with the guitar- seems like a great intro and would have me pumped up.

Rival would definitely get Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dream". Poor, poor rival team!



1. Twist of Cain by Danzig - That into guitar hook is an even a more bad ass intro than Ecstasy of Gold. It's not as haunting, but more raw, it always pumps me up.
2. Concret Jungle by Black Label Society,
Survival of the fittest
And there ain't no pity
No one gets out alive
Kinda says it all.
3. Don't Tread on Me by Metallica - This song still pumps me up. I suggested we play it when we were doing a tactical demo for some Soviet cadets in the fall of '91. The song brings it, but for me, in my mind, I still see the smoke and hear the roar of my tank...ah memories!

For my rivals, I would make them enter to Mandy by Barry Manilow, because, well because it is Mandy by Barry Manilow.

Tracy Tran

Top 3:

1 - "Perfect Strangers" by Deep Purple. The introduction of the song is perfect and when the music hits, you're ready. It also signals that the Franchise has arrived.

2 - "Hells Bells" by AC/DC. Again, it's about the introduction and when the music hits, you know the opponent is in big trouble. It's like entering into hell.

3 - "Keys to the City" by Ministry. This is very recent but great tribute to the Chicago Blackhawks. You get the history with Mikita, Hull, and Esposito and the attitude of the city. When you hear that song, you're proud to be a Blackhawk (Although, I'm a Caps Fan :)).

Bonus - for opponents:

1. Anything by Yanni
2. Anything by Michael Bolton
3. Celine Dion "All By Myself", "My Heart Will Go On"


My top 3-

Everlong - Foo Fighters - IMO, one of the greatest songs ever recorded. Intro starts out mellow and builds to just the right tempo. A favorite on my ipod workout playlist.

Detroit Rock City - Kiss - Classic rock anthem that will pump you up every time. Get up- everybody's gonna move their feet. Get down - everyboddy's gonna leave their seat.

Hells Bells - AC/DC - Trevor Hoffman is a friend so I have to throw it in the mix.

Arch Rival -

Under Pressure - Queen/David Bowie - it will get into their heads; plus the fakers will think its Vanilla Ice & not get it.

Lance Haun

Top 3

1. Thunderstruck by AC/DC - When that intro riff comes on, you know it is going to go poorly for the other guy. When the drums come in on the huge speakers, it is just awesome.

2. Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin - The play to my heritage is strong with this one. Great song anyway.

3. What's My Name by DMX - Unfortunately the lyrics are almost completely NSFW but the song rocks. I can probably find a 30 second clip that wouldn't have to be completely edited to smithereens.

Bonus: I Would Do Anything for Love by Meatloaf - Listen, if you like this song, I am sorry but it doesn't work unless the thing Meatloaf won't do for love is be a little wuss. Too bad he already proved it by performing this song (and accompanying music video).


1) "Fight the Youth" - Fishbone: first words are "We will save you now...", also one of the most under-rated bands (imho) that are still out there killin' it

2) "Bombtrack" - Rage Against the Machine:
"And suckas be thinkin' that they can fade this
But I'm gonna drop it at a higher level
'Cause I'm inclined to stoop down
Hand out some beat-downs"

3) "Lookout Mountain" - Drive by Truckers: just a nasty into riff

1st Alternate (sorry...had to go one deeper)
4) "Walk" - Pantera: 'nuff said

For the opposition:
"Creep" - Radiohead:
"But I'm a creep...I don't belong here" (out of context but worth it...

Sharlyn Lauby

My top 3...

1) Born to be Wild (Steppenwolf) - no explanation necessary
2) Simply the Best (Tina Turner) - yes, some might call it pop...but who wouldn't want to enter a room with "Simply the Best" blaring...
3) Right Now (Van Halen) - absolutely love the song. Video playing in the background.

For the bonus: I agree with Puf on Barry Manilow. If that's not available try "Popsicle Toes" by Michael Franks.


The 3 top songs that will get any one rocking:

Although Tears for Fears, everybody wants to rule the world comes to mind for my personal theme just doesn't rock..

1) Eye of the tiger..seriously do we need explanation..
2) Welcome to the Jungle..ok so it's about prostitution and drugs..not so much my theme song..but it ROCKS!
Crazy Train, Ozzie Ozborne -My absolute fave!! and It's my life..most recently by No Doubt

For my rival
Another one bites the dust..Queen

JA Holland

We have a bunch of closet metal heads in the HR room...I thought I was one of the few waving that flag.

My top 3:
1. Bring the Noise: Anthrax/Public Enemy - The song displays the best in synergy and diversity. Plus, I think its illegal not to mosh to this song in 38 states.

2. Epic - Faith No More - The most commercialized song from a tremendously underrated band but everybody knows it, loves it, and it might end up with someone flopping like a fish at the end.

3. Voodoo Chile - Jimi Hendrix - In HR, how many times have you felt you had to stand next to a mountain and chop it down with the edge of your hand?

Rival's music: Just Another Victim - Helmet\House of Pain

(Love the Pujols pic in the post, but I was at the Cards game yesterday and Ryan Ludwick wins handsdown for best intro music: Brass Monkey from the Beasties)

Ben Eubanks

When I wrestled in high school, we played a song while we ran out to warm up. They always were fast paced with a good beat, and I always felt like kicking someone's butt on the spot. I don't know about the words or anything else, really. The most important thing is a strong lead in to set the tone.
1) Down with the Sickness-Disturbed
2) Du Hast-Ramstein
3) We Will Rock You-Queen


HRPufnstuf - I found you via Punk Rock HR and have enjoyed your thoughts. Now to find you here putting a Danzig tune (other than Mother) into the HR world makes me an even bigger fan.


Andrew, much obliged, and always happy to come across another Danzig fan.


I agree about the closet metal heads! And I'm glad I'm not the only one...

So mine are the famous guitar/instrumental riffs of the following songs:

1) Hair of the Dog (Nazareth)

2) Barracuda (Heart)

3) Bodies (Drowning Pool)

Honorable Mentions:

Spirit in the Sky (Norman Greenbaum)
Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin)
Smoke on the Water (Deep Purple)
Sunshine of Your Love (Cream)

(Lyrics to "Hair of the Dog" used as necessary ;)

For the competition? Nothing but the best:

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Tchaikovsky)

Albreta Smith

Well I am agreed with Tim.I will play DMX - Party Up because it's my favorite and I feel great when i hear this song.

Robert LaGow

Probably not what you had in mind, but this is pretty dang funny.

For me, the most juiced up intro song would be Click Click Boom by Saliva, used very effectively in Talledega Nights, for the in-your-face lyrics and heavy bass and drum beat: "I'm coming down with a new style and it's buck wild . . . just sit back and relax and let me have your head for a minute. I can show you somethin' that has yet to be proceeded." Yeah, definitely!
For opponents you could pretty much go with anything by Air Supply.

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