What’s your theme song, and why?

April 23, 2010

What happens when music fans go to the ballpark? Well, if you’re me, you get instantly distracted by the ‘rally songs’ that come over the PA as players run onto the field (and by how weirdly inappropriate they are) and start thinking about what your own personal theme song would be. I asked this question on Twitter yesterday, and received answers ranging from the Imperial March from Star Wars through Sheryl Crow’s “Every Day is a Winding Road” through MOP’s “Ante Up.”

Me? I have two candidates. On good days, Cake’s “Short Skirt, Long Jacket.” And on most days, “Girl Anachronism” by the Dresden Dolls. What’s yours, and why?

MP3: Cake – Short Skirt/Long Jacket [buy]

MP3: The Dresden Dolls – Girl Anachronism [buy]

Image: Fenway Park (on top of the Green Monster) by (Alex), used here under its Creative Commons license.


  1. I will explain their significance in lyric form:

    “Journey of the Featherless,” Cloud Cult – “and my fingers they are blisters / and my eyes they are bullet holes / my heart is still beating / guess i’m pretty lucky”

    “You Push, I’ll Go,” Baby Dayliner – “Laying in your bed, laying in your bed, laying in your bed, you think in your head / If this is life, it ain’t so bad / If this is life, it ain’t so bad / You push, I’ll go”

    “Rain,” Bishop Allen – “If it’s ever gonna get any better / It’s got to get worse for a day.”

    “Torch Singer,” Buffalo Tom – “But it’s morning, so I say / Here’s a big red letter day.”

    “Consequence Free,” Great Big Sea – “Wouldn’t it be great, if the band just never ended / We could stay out late and we would never hear last call”

    “Senses Working Overtime,” XTC – “And birds might fall from black skies / Bullies might give you black eyes / Busses might skid on black ice / But to me it’s very beautiful”

    “Elevator Love Letter,” Stars – OK, this one has more of a story. My friend, who used to work a job he hated, once told me that while riding the elevator to the ground floor at the end of the day, he listened to two songs: this one and “Frankly Mr. Shankly.” So when I hear this song, I think of the hope for escape from a crappy situation.

    “Untitled” from Document, R.E.M. – “This light is here to keep you warm / This song is here to keep you strong”

    • Wow, nice to see someone as lyrics-focused as I am. And that, like me, you vacillate between positive and disenfranchised…

  2. Brazil (Acuarela Do Brasil)

    Because I am Canadian!

    And just imagine walking around with this in your head.

    My own personal earworm.

  3. Very nice, Brian. And being Canadian is about embracing the world. 🙂

    (I’m from Toronto originally…)

  4. Thought on this and realized I don’t have a theme song nowadays. A definitive indicator of mid-life crisis?? Mmmm yes, or I just need new tunes, which is why I came to visit z=z!

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