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When I first heard WGN was having a contest to replace Steve Goodman’s song ‘Go Cubs Go’ my first thought was “Why?” This question has never been answered. I put my background as a Cubs fan at the end since this article is about a new song, not me.
“Why?” I don’t know. Lou Malnatti’s Pizzeria isn’t changing their recipe. Ron Santo never changed his personality. Harry Caray never stopped being honest about players and their performances. Wrigley Field isn’t removing the Ivy for a safer, padded wall. Why not? Because these things were/are perfect and you don’t change perfection. Steve Goodman wrote the perfect song for the Chicago Cubs. Go Cubs Go captured the mood of Wrigley Field perfectly. When the cubs win and it’s played over the loud speakers, that is joy. Twenty-three games out of first place but that song comes on and nothing matters other than you are at Wrigley, the Cubs won, the sun is shining and no matter what else is happening in your life, you smile and feel good for that moment.
The new song voted on and chosen by WGN as their new intro/theme song into a Cubs broadcast is called Let’s Go Cubbies. It was written by a band named The Fold. I don’t know and can’t seem to find out if this is going to replace Go Cubs Go as the song played inside Wrigley after a win. If you know, please, let me know in the comments section below. If it is replacing it inside Wrigley, I will not attend one game this year.
This new song is so bad for so many reasons and the word ‘bad’ in this case is like calling September 11, 2001 a bit of a rough day in New York. If you judge the song just as a regular song that has nothing to do with the Cubs, it is atrocious, a travesty in the form of song and an embarrassment to mankind. We as a species have come too far to have produced this.
Now, when judged as the new theme song for the Chicago Cubs, my Cubbies, my childhood, it becomes something different. I say this without hyperbole or exaggeration. It is the worst thing that has ever happened. It is the worst thing ever created by any sentient being. Yes, that includes aliens from another planet, if they exist.
The song is clip art rock. It is generic and formulaic. It’s a bad pop-punk song, which is a category in which everything is terrible and they are the worst in that category. The singer doesn’t so much sing as he does whine the lyrics. There is an often repeated lyric where the singer whines “Wrigley screaming.” Whine is very much an appropriate word. It’s like Blink 182 but worse. Then there is the lyric “go cubs go” that is screamed at the listener in anger. And therein lies the biggest problem with this song. The mood. I don’t know if these guys have ever been to Wrigley, because anyone who has would never associate the mood of this song with Wrigley or the Cubs. The mood is anger. The sound is loud, fast and full of distortion. The vocals whine. The result is headache.
I hate it so much.
If you watched the video at the top of this article nowhere will you find anger, despite almost always losing. Nobody is whining about the losing, they smile and say “wait till next year.” The pace is relaxed and the music soft but optimistic. Wrigley Field is the greatest place to watch a baseball game. Period. The day games in the sun are unique in baseball and they give you an excuse to drink beer during the day or take a day off work. It is a relaxing, welcoming place. The Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field is so completely accurate. Every time you go, when you walk up those stairs and a world of green and blue opens up to you like Dorothy opening the door after the tornado in Wizard of Oz and seeing color, it is almost spiritual.
The neighborhood Wrigley is located in is almost as important as the Cubs and stadium. Murphy’s Bleachers, yes it’s crowded and there is an occasional fight, but for the most part the people are nice Cubs fans just looking for a W and relaxing day in the sun. The neighborhood is clean, safe and full of places serving drinks and good times. Listen to this travesty of a song in the video below and realize it is a song with lyrics about the Cubs but a mood that fits Chicago’s South Side team’s atmosphere and mood much much more. That alone should get these guys banned from Wrigley for life. They wrote a White Sox song for the Cubs. (I recommend not listening to it on the band’s website, every time I tried it froze my computer).
For comparison’s sake
“There is one thing I will never believe, and that is the Sox are better than the Cubs.” – Frank Chance. Chicago Cubs manager and first baseman.
WGN, please realize you’re being stupid. Jonathon Brandmeier, don’t try to change the recipe for Lou Malnatti’s. Don’t try to replace the Ivy. Just leave perfection alone, but if you can’t do that, don’t replace it with trash.
I know some will disagree with me about the song. Some people will think it’s a good song regardless of subject matter. That’s fine, everyone’s taste in music is different so there is no use in arguing about that. But if you’re a cubs fan and think I am wrong about the mood of the song being the opposite of the Cubs and Wrigley, well that can be argued and I’d love to read your comments in the section below.
Let me give you my quick background: I’ve been a Cubs fan for 28 years, starting when I was five-years-old in 1984. I have only vague memories of that season. I loved them in 1987 when they were scarily bad but Andre Dawson won the MVP, playing through pain that is more often associated with football than baseball. He had no knees and cared enough about the Cubs and his pride to still win the MVP. 1989 I cried when they lost to the Giants in the playoffs but watched a young Mark Grace smile and spray hits everywhere. Pressure didn’t bother him, nor did it years later when he got the first hit off Mariano Rivera in the 9th to start a game-winning, impossible rally for the Diamondbacks to win his World Series. I was happy for Grace. He will always be a Cub, but the Cubs owe him an apology. 1998 was such a fun year and didn’t really hurt very much. Kerry Wood was awesome. Sosa was jacked-up and illegally chasing a record. I didn’t care then and don’t care now, it was so much fun to watch. 2003 crushed me. My dad has 1969, I have 2003. I think that massive implosion actually took a piece of me that I still feel today. I do blame Bartman to a certain extent, but Alex Gonzalez should have made that double play. If I ever met Bartman though, I would be nice to him and I hope all Cubs fans would be as well. I hear he’s a nice guy. The playoffs under Lou don’t really bother me. I don’t know why but for some reason I just kind of knew it was coming and didn’t care.
I’m excited now, as I am every year. I’m excited because I think Theo will make the Cubs competitive annually. But I’m actually excited for this year. I know most prognosticators say the Cubs are rebuilding and it’s going to be a bad year. I’m excited because our division I believe will be terrible and it won’t take much to win it. A lot of talent left teams in our division and LaRussa finally retired. I think the cubs will be within shooting distance of first place this year and if they are close enough in August and September, all it would take is a winning streak and who knows.
Go Cubs Go!
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