The Science of an Intro Song

Posted by Michael Remis in Columns,Jets Columns,Winnipeg Jets on June 14, 2011 — 41 Comments

When starting a hockey team from scratch, a lot of work needs to be done. As we have seen so far, True North has sold 13,000 season tickets, hired a GM, and held interviews for coaches. Currently everyone is waiting on the team name and colours, but what should really be the topic of conversation is the intro music.

A team’s intro music plays an important part in setting the tone for a game. Picture this, the game is about to start, the lights go dim, the music starts, the announcer says, “Now, here come your Winnipeg ____’s!” and the crowd goes wild.

The music when a team steps on the ice, pumps up the players, gets the fans excited and lets everyone in the building know that the home team has stepped onto the ice. The long term effects of a good intro song can be significant, even today, Van Halen’s “Jump” is strongly associated with the Winnipeg Jets, it is difficult to hear that song without thinking of Selanne, Zhamnov, Tkachuk, Carlyle and Housley.

A good intro song should be loud, it should be heavy, it should be fast, and it should have some sort of “epic” factor. It should act as the anthem before the anthems with the players warming up and the fans cheering and singing the words.

I have given it some thought and have made a list of 5 songs to consider for the Winnipeg NHL Franchise intro song.

Click read more, to see my picks for potential intro songs

#1: Van Halen – Jump

The classic Winnipeg Jets intro song, it is hard not to think of the old Jets, without thinking of Jump. Eddie Van Halen’s keyboard sets the tone and slowly builds up to Diamond David Lee Roth’s vocals. A great song to skate to, a crowd pleaser, and should bring back memories for Jets fans.

Other Van Halen songs to consider: Ain’t Talkin ‘Bout Love, Panama

#2:   AC/DC – Thunderstruck

Winnipegger’s are no stranger to AC/DC as 41,000 fans packed into the sold out Canad Inns Stadium last summer for one heck of a concert. Angus Young’s epic guitar riff sets the stage for some heavy drums as the crowd chants THUNDER! THUNDER! This one will get your blood flowing for sure!

Other AC/DC songs to consider: Hells Bells, Back in Black

#3Guns N’ Roses – Welcome to the Jungle

This song is played throughout arenas & stadiums all over North America. The song starts out with a tease of the main riff which lets you know the team is about to come out. Then followed up by one of the most classic licks in rock history accompanied by a signature Axl Rose screech. This song would make a great choice for any team.

Other Guns N’ Roses songs to consider: Nightrain, You Could Be Mine

#4Metallica – For Whom the Bell Tolls

The bell signifies that the team is about to enter, the lights close. The team enters to the heavy rhythm of James Hetfield followed by the high pitched wail of Kirk Hammett’s lead. This song is sure to send chills down your spine.

Other Metallica songs to consider: Enter Sandman, Fuel

#5Motley Crue – Kickstart My Heart

This track starts off with a great intro as the guitar mimic’s a motorcycle engine, and strolls into an up-tempo riff by the great Mick Mars. This one should get the crowd pumping and bring life into the building.

Other Motley Crue songs to consider: Dr. Feelgood, Wild Side

Honourable Mention: Rush – Working Man, Tom Sawyer, (Canadian Content)

While it is clear that I prefer my team intros to be 80’s arena rock, the question is completely subjective and depends on personal preference. However, it’s no coincidence that the songs picked above are played in hockey arenas throughout North America. These songs are meant to be played LOUD and get you excited. Any song listed above would be a fine (albeit typical) choice to lead into a hockey game. As for a verdict, I believe that the players should have some say as to what song they skate out to as they are the ones who are playing the game, but for the first game, my pick is Van Halen’s Jump.

If you have an opinion on what you think should be played when the team walks out onto the ice, post your thoughts in the comments.

One thing we can all agree on is that the intro song should definitely not be anything by the Black Eyed Peas, or Nickelback.

  • http://twitter.com/ColdHardRanter Drew Mindell

    Good article, but apparently your music taste ends in 1989. Are there any songs from the past 20 years that you think would be suitable as an introduction? 

  • Anonymous

    7 nation army – white stripes
    one way ticket to hell… – the darkness

  • http://twitter.com/Poucette Lucie Lavergne

    how about Thin Lizzy ? “The boys are back in town” for opening night

    then BTO ? “Taking care of business” ? homegrown Winnipeg song and attitude for the new squad…

  • http://www.facebook.com/tim.bonnar Tim Bonnar
  • Anonymous

    firebird suite

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bradford-Dean/690577315 Bradford Dean

    Well here is an up to date mashed version of “Jump”. It’s about rope skipping of all things BUT It could easily be altered to accomodate the Jets as the subject.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oB3nTC3c0dI

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sam-Axelrod/501917917 Sam Axelrod
  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7FXIAQE6UEN4RMI6SWXRUC6JE JRoy.

    I think we need to be a little more original on the intro song front.  Your recommendations above are all played in every arena between plays on every night of the year.
    While “Jump” gets my undying vote for sentimental reasons, I like your idea of Rush with some good hard Canadian content.  Perhaps we can bring it on home with a local band?

    To Drew:  Winnnipeg is a city of Classic Rock and Hard Rock lovers.  No one is going to be pissed pulling out some classic pump-up music.

    But frankly, I’m still a bit of a music snob and my idea of a pump up song is Vancouver’s own 3 Inches of Blood with “Deadly Sinners”.  Tough to beat that openning riff!

  • http://twitter.com/Poucette Lucie Lavergne

    BTO sounds better and better…
    taking care of business – every day
    taking care of business – every way
    taking care of business – it’s all mine
    taking care of business – playing* overtime
    lookout….

    wonder if Bachman would record a new version for the team ????

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sam-Axelrod/501917917 Sam Axelrod

    ya, anything by Sara and Tegan is fine with me

  • http://twitter.com/Poucette Lucie Lavergne

    A blue collar song for a blue collar team…

  • Anonymous

    Emerson, Lake, and Palmer–“Fanfare For The Common Man”

  • Anonymous

    Here are a few less used ones:
    Are you Ready – AC/DC (it mellows out a bit though)
    In Your Honour – Foo Fighters (cut out a bit of the intro)
    Bawitdaba – Kid Rock
    Bleed it Out – Linkin Park

  • Anonymous

    Money City Maniacs by Sloan good cancon and the song seems to be an homage to ac/dc

  • http://twitter.com/Regnimalia Young Leezy

    A highly edited version of “Who Was In My Room Last Night” by the Butthole Surfers is my #1 Vote.
    “Blue Orchid” by the White Stripes
    “Welcome to the Terrordome” by Public Enemy
    Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries”

  • http://twitter.com/Regnimalia Young Leezy

    A highly edited version of “Who Was In My Room Last Night” by the Butthole Surfers is my #1 Vote.
    “Blue Orchid” by the White Stripes
    “Welcome to the Terrordome” by Public Enemy
    Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries”

  • http://twitter.com/mgalenda Mike Galenda

    I think we should adopt an intro song that caters to a new era, and younger audience instead having a intro song that has been used time and time again in other arenas across the league.

    two memorable songs in recent memory for player intros > where the streets have no name in Vancouverand Coldplay – Fix you in Montreal…

  • http://twitter.com/mgalenda Mike Galenda

    I think we should adopt an intro song that caters to a new era, and younger audience instead having a intro song that has been used time and time again in other arenas across the league.

    two memorable songs in recent memory for player intros > where the streets have no name in Vancouverand Coldplay – Fix you in Montreal…

  • http://twitter.com/mgalenda Mike Galenda

    I think we should adopt an intro song that caters to a new era, and younger audience instead having a intro song that has been used time and time again in other arenas across the league.

    two memorable songs in recent memory for player intros > where the streets have no name in Vancouverand Coldplay – Fix you in Montreal…

  • http://twitter.com/mgalenda Mike Galenda

    I think we should adopt an intro song that caters to a new era, and younger audience instead having a intro song that has been used time and time again in other arenas across the league.

    two memorable songs in recent memory for player intros > where the streets have no name in Vancouverand Coldplay – Fix you in Montreal…

  • http://twitter.com/mgalenda Mike Galenda

    I think we should adopt an intro song that caters to a new era, and younger audience instead having a intro song that has been used time and time again in other arenas across the league.

    two memorable songs in recent memory for player intros > where the streets have no name in Vancouverand Coldplay – Fix you in Montreal…

  • http://twitter.com/mgalenda Mike Galenda

    I think we should adopt an intro song that caters to a new era, and younger audience instead having a intro song that has been used time and time again in other arenas across the league.

    two memorable songs in recent memory for player intros > where the streets have no name in Vancouverand Coldplay – Fix you in Montreal…

  • Anonymous

    While I really like the BTO suggestion, I would also suggest “Mama said knock you out” by LL Cool J. The first two lines are perfect – “Don’t call it comeback / I’ve been here for years”.

  • http://twitter.com/ICdave illegalcurvedave

    Too slow for intro but man are the words bang on:

    Coming Home by Diddy:
    I’m coming home

    I’m coming home

    Tell the World I’m coming home

    Let the rain wash away all the pain of yesterday

    I know my kingdom awaits and they’ve forgiven my mistakes

    I’m coming home, I’m coming home

    Tell the World that I’m coming

  • Anonymous

    A remixed ‘Life in Technicolor’ might be a decent option for that type of song.  I love Vancouver’s U2 intro music.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502382575 Ezra Zuckerberg

    I always wanted to skate out to Beastie Boys- Sabotage

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sam-Axelrod/501917917 Sam Axelrod

    dude, c’mon

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sam-Axelrod/501917917 Sam Axelrod

    ummm…are you crying right now?

  • Aaron Jones

    The average age of those who bought season tickets is easily 35+, so I see nothing wrong with going back to the hard rocking 80s and early 90s to get a good intro song.  Although, I would also consider other suggestions of Eminem – Lose Yourself, Beastie Boys – Sabotage, Wagner’s  – Ride of the Valkyries.  Although if push comes to shove, I say anything by ACDC.  As far as appeasing younger folks, in 20 years when they’re the majority of season ticket holders, they can have a say.

  • http://twitter.com/ou812jay8 Jay Steyer

    I’m a HUGE Van Halen fan, but something newer might be in order.

    Skillet-“Hero”
    Skillet-“Rebirthing”
    Shinedown-“Devour”
    Art of Dying-“Get Through This”
    10 Years-“Shoot It Out”
    Jet Black Stare-“Ready to Roll”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Hackett/577230992 Paul Hackett

    First song, BTO, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/bernhard.k.krause Bernhard Karl Krause

    Have to agree with Mike Galenda on this one.  If you’re looking for something newer, yet with the same epic, anthemic flair as so many 80s rock bands had, check out Hysteria by Muse.  In fact, most of Muse’s stuff is pretty epic but Hysteria is a standout.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7la0SndoCI  Many folks in the younger crowd are pretty familiar with Muse’s stuff.  The MN Wild use their song Uprising as an intro song.  Also, for a goal song, the “Howlin’ for You” chorus by the Black Keys would go along pretty well too (similar to “Chelsea Dagger” by the Frattelli’s, used by the Blackhawks).  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7AP5MAhkoQ

  • http://twitter.com/PhillipSmithson Phillip Smithson

    There are some really good ideas out there for intro songs. So I’ll throw my suggestion into the mix too.

    Diamond Eyes by Shinedown

    http://youtu.be/B-sHMIh_ds4

  • http://twitter.com/PhillipSmithson Phillip Smithson

    Hero and Ready to Roll have some definite potential. Good picks!

  • Anonymous

    Lunatic Fringe by Tom Cochrane. Check out the movie Vision Quest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=645180500 Gavin Pell

    Gotta be “Jump” 

    If not that I don’t really have a second choice as long as it’s something heavy and rockin’. No techno or dance music, that stuff just makes me angry.

  • Kyle Kosior

    No love for Crazy Train?

  • Anonymous

    It’s gotta be Runnin’ Wild by Airbourne

  • Alex Klages

    I’m liking Money City Maniacs, myself; homage to the power-chord metal of the 80s while not being stuck there…

  • Pingback: Choosing a Goal Song | Illegal Curve Hockey()

  • Anonymous

    I say Arcade Fire “Ready To Start”  Canadian band, it’s starting a game, and the opening instrumental will get anyone jacked up