When I ask Texans fans about the things they would like change the most at now NRG stadium, I hear two primary things: 1. Improve cell service throughout the stadium; 2. Improve the music played.
The first item likely costs money. And hopefully will be fixed by the Super Bowl.
The second item doesn't cost anything.
Music is personal. So I understand how it is hard to please everyone. But this is the predominant feedback I've heard:
1. They should never play any music that players would think is lame if it were played in the locker room.
2. Needs to be the perfect soundtrack to destroy the other team. Nothing wussy.
3. It needs to be beyond Jock Jams, Vol. 1 kinda of boring, played out stuff. The current music seems repetitive and tired. The music shouldn't sound like you are at a stadium in 1997. There is hype music that people may not be as familiar with that can get people going.
This is what one of my Twitter commenters wrote: "@Texans305: "we have by far the lamest music of the 6 NFL stadiums I've been to."
That is not acceptable. Teams can't ensure wins happen, but they can stop musical lameness.
4. Thunderstruck & Football Time in Houston are um not favored as scoring songs.
This is fixable. Let's crowd source this.
If you have decent taste in music, please suggest songs below. Criteria:
1. Can't be wussy.
2. Can't be totally played out.
3. Get people hyped.
4. Can't have the naughty words.
5. Bonus if it has a local connection.
Can be any genre or era. Please keep it to music. No jokes or they won't get published. You can link a Spotify playlist or the like.
Let's fix this. Or at a minimum get some good ideas for music to listen to when you have it cranked.
Nonpoint - "Breaking Skin", Wovenwar - "All Rise", Pantera - "I'm Broken", Bullet For My Valentine - "No Control", Sons of Texas - "Baptized on the Rio Grande", Texas - "Texas Trim", Metallica - "Seek & Destroy", Skrillex "Bangarang"....I can keep going.....
Crazy. Hard for that not to sound cornball in 2014. They have a terrific sound system in NRG. It is wasted on Jock Jams 1997 stuff. Texans fans tell me that they are jealous of how rocking Saints games get with their music. "Stand Up and Get Crunk" makes that stadium flip out.
Bulls on Parade may have to be retired. It's a great example though. Fan suggested. Connor Barwin inspired. Even though a lot of people didn't know the song, it was great in the stadium. Problem is now that with Barwin/Wade gone, it feels very Of A Time, Letter Jackety. So needs to be retired.
Arcade Fire - Wake Up Passion Pit - Little Secrets Anything by UGK (because Houston) ZZ Top - Jesus Just Left Chicago Turn Down for What 2 Chainz - I'm Different Kanye West - Stronger Skrillex - Bangarang Eminem - Lose Yourself 2pac - Hit 'Em Up LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out James Brown - The Payback
Mastodon, Death from Above 1979, No Age, The Sword...
Slayer....(Tom from Slayer LIVES in Buffalo, Texas)
The Sword (from Austin)
Black Angels (from Austin with Houston ties)
Nick Cave "Red Right Hand"....come on, that would just be cool as a new nickname for the defense.
Let's be the coolest team in the NFL. Stop with the dubstep, the boring candy rap, the lame Buzz rock, the pop country. Let's be the team/stadium/fanbase that teams hate to visit because we play ear-bleeding music and scream the loudest. Let's make opposing teams think they just died and went to hell.
Here's the Zeppelin conundrum: you want to play Zep, but so much of it has been overplayed. But you also don't want to go with the one Zep song that no one's ever heard because you're ironic like that.
Here's my suggestion: "The Ocean." Why because it's great? It's not overplayed and since no one has a clue what Jimmy Page is ever singing about anyway, it's not specifically unrelated to football.
Use the intro; better use of bells than AC/DC's overplayed
Run Like Hell- Pink Floyd
Bulls on Parade has to go. Has anyone actually listened to the lyrics? It's like when President Reagan's campaign used "Born In The USA" in 1984. All they heard was the chorus. Lefty pseudo-communists are probably not who you want speaking for your defense.
I like the dang Football Time in Houston song! Especially the slightly more uppity revised version. Not many teams have an actual song that is worth a damn. Eg Hail to the Redskins. You want awful? That Houston Oilers song was awful.
I also like Bulls on Parade; I think it transcends the previous era. I like the lyrics too so I guess I'm disqualified as a lefty pseudo-communist.