By Jeff O'ConnorIt appears there are only a few days remaining until there is a consistent goal song for the 2013-14 New Jersey Devils season. After playing a completely new song on Opening Night and surprising over 17,000 people, the Devils gave their fans the opportunity to cast their vote for a new song.
The top three choices made a trial run at each of the last three home games. Now the vote is on over the next few days for their new tune to make its debut on Saturday night versus the Flyers.
First, we’ll break down the three songs and give you our pick.
“Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes has been a hot track at sporting events the last few years. The Baltimore Ravens used it a lot on their run to the Super Bowl, the Miami Heat pumped it a bunch on their run to a title this past season and in hockey, the New York Islanders used it last year before they jumped on the power play. Before all that, it was frequently used by top universities at football and basketball games.
The song is OK, but it is on the verge of being overplayed. If the Devils made the switch to this song a few years ago, it would have been unique and the fans, over time, might have taken a liking to it.
Then, there’s the song by Monster Truck. How memorable was it? I can’t even recall the name of it. It was downright awful. No one knew how to react to it and it really doesn’t invite a fun atmosphere into the building. It shouldn’t win. It won’t win. Heck, I think people would rather go back to Opening Night’s “This Is Our House” by Bon Jovi if it meant Monster Truck’s song was never played again ever.
Last night, there was “The Whip” by Locksley. It’s used by other teams in the league. Again, it’s OK. It’s more of a fun tune then a get-the-arena-pumped track.
If I had to pick one, I’d pick “The Whip”. I don’t think “Seven Nation Army” is fun or a pump up song. It’s just a unique continuous chant, that’s all. “The Whip” is just a feel good song, although it’s tough to sing with.
It appears that management wants to completely weed out any trace of “You Suck” chants more than anything with this shift in culture. Mission accomplished if the Monster Truck or Locksley songs are picked. There were pretty much no “You Suck” chants at The Rock the last two home games. Perhaps people are already moving on. It’s a chant that started organically and it will probably fade out and go away organically.
I thought this issue would truly come to a close this week, as the team would go into the next few seasons with one of these three songs. After being in the building for the last few games, I have to say…I don’t think this has come to a final resolution. Whether it changes this season again or before next year, I don’t think any of these three songs will be the long-time goal track at the Prudential Center.
If the team is going to change the song, make it a universally-known track that no team uses, or use something completely custom. I know Devils fans hate it, but the Rangers goal song was made specifically for them. The song stuck, it’s theirs and their fans love it. That’s what the Devils need…a new song that they can make a tradition for a long time, just like Rock and Roll Part II was.
Is it possible they go back to Rock and Roll Part II? It wouldn’t surprise me at all. Either way, while a solution will soon be handed down for 2013-14, don’t expect this issue to be the long-term answer to a sensitive issue amongst Devils fans.