From radio guy and music parodist Patrick Charles, a quickly created song about Jaroslav Halak is a freely-downloadable MP3:
Christopher Pennington, author of this pretty good (and bilingual!) Habs anthem from 2008 (available on iTunes), has teamed up withFelicity Hamer of United Steelworkers of Montreal to produce this parody of Stand By Your Man.
The timing couldn’t be better. Today is a critical game.
UPDATE: See the 2010 version here.
Since people seemed to appreciate last year’s list, here’s some Habs songs, most courtesy of your local radio stations, to get you in the mood as you prepare for the Habs-Bruins series which starts on Thursday.
And if public sentiment is any indication, our team is going to need all the help it can get. This time they’re No. 1 and we’re No. 8, we’re the ones plagued with injuries and will face each playoff round with the other team having home ice advantage.
In compiling this year’s list, I noticed quite a different tone from last year. In April 2008, the Canadiens were expected to finish out of the playoffs but surprised everyone with their strong season and first-place finish in the East. This year, the expectations were high (especially with the centennial) but a post-All-Star meltdown nearly put the Canadiens out of the playoffs. Some of the songs below reflect that.
I’ll start us off with Annakin Slayd, who produced a very popular video last year. This time he’s back with a French version, which thankfully removes obscures the Journey sample and adds a reference to Alex Tanguay to show it’s current. The production values (thanks to Aviva) are also noticeably better. But the song – and its magic – are still essentially the same.
A similar list is compiled on the Bébé Habs blog, though I’m doing my best below to respect copyright. Links to MP3s are on radio station or artist websites and YouTube links are to official videos only. Please let me know if I screwed up somewhere there or if there’s an iTunes link I should add.
Go Habs Go.
I’ve always been (easily) impressed with the Justiciers’ song parodies (well, most of them anyway), but this one taking on 1000 coeurs debout, the theme for Star Académie (99¢ download, of which I better get a cut for that link), is particularly good. It’s actually the second version, done after the Canadiens’ two-and-a-half-game winning streak forced everyone to jump back on the bandwagon. The first version was much more cynical about the team (the week before, the Justiciers were even more cynical).
You can see more Justiciers videos on their website or directly on their YouTube channel.
The Boston Celtics are one win away today from winning the NBA championship. The Boston Red Sox lead the AL East and trail only the Chicago Cubs in number of … wait, what? The Cubs? Really? The Cubs? You sure it’s not the White Sox? The Chicago Cubs? Best in the entire league right now? Wow. OK. Wow.
Anyway, add to that the Boston-based New England Patriots went 18-0 last season before fucking it up in the Super Bowl, and it’s a pretty sweet time to be a Boston sports fan.
Unless of course, you like hockey.
And this is a perfect excuse to bring back my favourite Ryan Parker song. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you haven’t read this blog enough.