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.
Thanks in advance,
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.
Godsmack - Whatever
Powerman 5000 - Show Me What You Got
Chevelle - Take out the Gunman
Chevelle - Hats Off to the Bull
Adelitas Way - Criticize
Monster Magnet - Powertrip
Avenged Sevenfold - Shepherd of Fire
Avenged Sevenfold - Hail to the King
Avenged Sevenfold - Doing Time
Black Stone Cherry - Violator Girl
Buckcherry - Porno Star (clearly without lyrics)
Shinedown - Enemies
Rage Against the Machine - Sleep Now in the Fire
Nickelback - Burn It To The Ground
Hinder - Use Me
Hinder - All American Nightmare
Kid Rock - I Am the Bullgod
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.
Not a dive bar in Clear Lake.
Nothing against dive bars in Clear Lake.
Turn Down For What obviously -- For Watt
Get Jiggy With It - Will Smith -- TD or turnover celebration
Conquest - White Stipes -- that awesome horn arraignment and guitar riff for the defense
Hail To The King - Avenged Sevenfold -- Andre of course
Magic - Pilot -- for FitzMagic
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.
To be used for opponents two minute drills
Live and Let Die- McCartney
Just the chorus, with the explosions
Symphony of Destruction- Megadeth
Pump It Up- Elvis Costello
Come Out and a Play- The Offspring
For Whom the Bell Tolls- Metallica
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.
Rise, Monster and/or Hero by Skillet (all three could be used in a drive, Rise at the beginning of an important drive, Monster during, Hero if they got in the Red Zone).
Light up the Sky by Thousand Foot Crutch
Let the Sparks Fly by Thousand Foot Crutch
Please let Jump Around and Taking Care of Business die and never ever ever ever return.
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.
- PSL holder from Day 1.
I like the classics from the last 30 years, but they still have to be driving and inspiring. Anthem rock always works in a stadium.
Pearl Jam - Animal
U2 - Desire
Faith No More - Epic
Guns N Roses - Just about anything (Paradise City?)
Arrested Development - Tennessee
EMF - Unbelievable
Drake - Forever
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Higher Ground
House of Pain - Jump Around
Motley Crue - Kickstart My Heart
Prince - Let's Go Crazy
Bush - Machinehead
Foo Fighters - The Pretender (after the slow intro)
Mase/BIG/Puffy - Mo' Money Mo' Problems
INXS - New Sensation
Aretha - Respect
Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal (sped up slightly)
Muse - Uprising
The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again
Jay-Z w/Linkin Park - Numb (clean version)
LL Cool Jay - Mama Said Knock You Out
Cee Loo - Forget You (great after bad calls)
Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way (challenges?)
Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight (players LOVE this for some reason)
Some of the cliches are still great, too, but you rarely (if ever) hear them at NRG:
Metallica - Enter Sandman
Young MC - Bust a Move
POD - Boom
Journey - Don't Stop Believin'
Toni Basil - Mickey
Van Halen - Right Now
Blur - Song 2
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Foreigner - Urgent
MC Hammer - U Can't Touch This
Eminiem - Lose Yourself
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