“Barenaked” Hockey Fans Record “Hockey Theme”

 

 

Barenaked Ladies

Barenaked Ladies

Any chance he can get, Gary Bettman will talk about the 2004 All-Star Game in Minnesota on The NHL Hour.  Have you noticed this?  It seems to be a real source of pride for The Commish, a time where he took hockey to one of it’s seminal breeding grounds for fans and talent and gave them an enjoyable experience.  Plus, he got to see the always-entertaining Barenaked Ladies perform Stompin’ Tom’s “The Hockey Song” live, as did anyone watching on ABC.  In fact, BNL was all over All-Star weekend that year.

Anyway, the Ladies are dipping their toes into the hockey pond once again tonight, as they perform their rendition of “The Hockey Theme” (or “How TSN Spent it’s Summer Vacation”) before the Edmonton-Calgary showdown on TSN at 10PM ET.

As per TSN:

“Barenaked Ladies are Canadian music icons in their own right, and their unique version of ‘The Hockey Theme’ showcases their personality and trademark sound and style,” said Mark Milliere, Vice-President Production, TSN.

“As a die-hard hockey fan, I think it’s very cool that we, as a band, get to be a part of The Hockey Theme’s legacy – a theme song that means so much to so many people across the country,” said Tyler Stewart, drummer for Barenaked Ladies.

As far as I know, lead-singer/guitarist Ed Robertson and Stewart are both massive fans, whereas the rest of the members are more apathetic toward the sport, which is likely why they became musicians who could tour away from Canada and hockey.

Anyway, we’re sort of big Barenaked Ladies fans, and we can tell you that anytime BNL does anything bluegrass-related, like “For You” off of 2003’s Everything to Everyone, it tends to be really good.  Plus, after having about as worse a year as any band can possibly imagine (We won’t post links to lead-singer Steven Page and Robertson’s troubles hear, but you can find them without much trouble) it’s like they’re coming out of their own lockout, in hockey terms.  We’ll try and YouTube their performance as soon as we can.

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