Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Sharks return with Glitter

"Rock 'n' Roll Part II" - a.k.a. the "Hey" song - made an unannounced but widely praised return to the Sharks' goal celebration for exhibition games last weekend. Team spokesman Scott Emmert confirmed that the one-year switch to Green Day's "Holiday" is history.

Last year, the Sharks were among the teams that switched on moral grounds because the song's creator, Gary Glitter, is in prison in Vietnam after being convicted of molesting two girls. The Sharks stress that their version is from an organist, meaning the artist receives no royalties.
What's interesting is that the majority of sports leagues have a "ban" of sorts on the song, but there are more than a few NHL teams that use it as one of their game anthems.

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14 Comments:

At 8:01 PM, September 26, 2007, Blogger remis said...

no one can deny the greatness of "rock & roll part 2"

 
At 10:15 PM, September 26, 2007, Blogger Steve said...

Boycotting art on moral grounds having nothing to do with the art in question is dumb. Are we going to boycott Greensleeves next?

 
At 10:19 PM, September 26, 2007, Blogger sager said...

Hmmm. Maybe enough time has passed, not to be all moral-relativist about it.

 
At 10:32 PM, September 26, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I love how Gary Glitter's considered art.

But good point.

 
At 10:54 PM, September 26, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

>> Are we going to boycott Greensleeves next? <<

Why would we? Henry the VIII rocked. He got married to the widow next door.

 
At 10:58 PM, September 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a buddy who refused to listen to sinatra because the Chairman of the Board was chummy with the mob. Now that's stupid.

 
At 11:05 PM, September 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's boycott Lexus because Mark Bell was driving it while drunk.

As for music NHL should boycott any song recorded in 70s, 80s and 90s... These songs were written while wasted, singers or band members have been (most likely) arrested at some point.

But Tommy Lee and Kid Rock songs are totally ok because these freaks fought at Emmy Awards.

 
At 11:39 PM, September 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The song is stupid, but unfortunately, no fan base is as rabid about their lame arena music than Sharks fans. For years, they played that "Are you all ready for this?" song when the team came on the ice, and when they attempted to change it, there was a revolt. It's long gone now, but there is a precedent for this sort of thing.

Love my Sharks; can't stand my fellow fans. Losers.

 
At 12:04 AM, September 27, 2007, Blogger Julian said...

I think these teams have a point if you figure that artists recieve royalties for the public playing of their songs. I know it's not the case here, but surely people can see the difference between enjoying a song on its own merits and giving money to someone.

 
At 12:57 AM, September 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gary Glitter's royalties from Sharks would be around 75 cents over one hockey season unless Joe and Patty are Gretzky and Kurri of eighties (then GG would hit one American peso mark) so let's stop this b.s. about royalties.

 
At 2:07 AM, September 27, 2007, Blogger PJ Swenson said...

That should read, by taped organist.

 
At 10:01 AM, September 27, 2007, Anonymous Numbers Guy said...

>>The Sharks stress that their version is from an organist, meaning the artist receives no royalties.<<

Well, not quite. Rock * Roll, Pt. 2 was composed by Glitter and Mike Leader, which means that even if the Sharks use someone else's performance of the song, Glitter gets paid. Just not as much.

 
At 1:56 PM, September 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Won't someone please think of the children!"

 
At 8:01 PM, September 27, 2007, Blogger Patty (in Dallas) said...

I got all huffy a couple of seasons ago and complained to the Stars about using the song. They told me that Glitter sold the rights to it long ago and doesn't get royalties from it any more. Not swearing that's true, but I've heard it more than once.

 

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