Friday, May 30, 2014

I've Got Til 5! - Walk-Up Music

As you can tell from our off-day music recommendations, we here at The Greedy Pinstripes are big music fans. I'm sure you've seen Daniel post about player's walk-up music here before. Well, I decided to take a closer look at all of them and pick out some of my favorites.

I will admit that there were quite a few that I did not know. Which is pretty unsettling, but I guess that's what happens when you get old.

Brett, who the hell is Brantley Gilbert?

5. David Robertson - "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd

I'm not a southern rock fan. It's not that I find it un-listenable, but it's that country twang twist that I don't like. Not to mention that Lynyrd Skynyrd's heavy use of the confederate flag bugs me as well. But I'm not going to ignore the fact that "Sweet Home Alabama" is a great song, and for a boy from Birmingham this song couldn't be more perfect.

4. Kelly Johnson - "Bulls On Parade" by Rage Against The Machine

While I've read that Kelly also uses "Tonight Tonight" by Hot Chelle Rae and "What I Got" by Sublime, it's his choice of Rage Against The Machine's hit song that puts him on this list. RATM's self-titled debut album is great, thanks to songs like "Bombtrack", "Killing In The Name", and one of my favorite songs of all time "Know Your Enemy. While "Bulls On Parade" would not place among my favorite songs from Rage, I don't know if that's the fault of the song or the way radio and MTV overplayed it. Either way, I applaud Mr. Johnson's song choice.

Oh... and "Bulls on Parade" appears on the album "Evil Empire". So there's another reason it makes for a great walk-up song for a Yankee.

3. Mark Teixeira - "It's Tricky" by Run DMC

I'm far from a huge rap fan, but who doesn't love the song "It's Tricky"? It has a fun beat, and the flow of the rhymes are great. Although that shouldn't be surprising as the song comes from Run DMC, who were not only rap icons but general music icons too. I also have to mention that the video for "It's Tricky" features the hilarious comedy duo of Penn and Teller. Didn't they look great in rap attire? LOL!

2. Jacoby Ellsbury - "Let It Rock" by Kevin Rudolf

For some reason Jacoby has used the song "Ni**As In Paris". I don't know what the song really means, but on the surface it doesn't make any sense (check out his skin color and ethnicity for reasons why). Thankfully the song "Let It Rock" by Kevin Rudolf is also on Ellsbury's playlist. Like rap, I'm not the biggest hip-hop fan, but I really like this song. The fact that Rudolf started writing songs young, is an acclaimed producer, and a heck of a guitar player is another reason why I don't lump Kevin in with other hip hop "artists". If it wasn't for the fact that Lil Wayne bugs me "Let It Rock" may very well top this list.

1. Carlos Beltran - "Welcome To The Jungle" by Guns N Roses

It's really sad what has come of Guns N Roses. From the biggest rock band in the World to basically non-existent seven years later (I don't consider anything after The Spaghetti Incident to be the true Guns). When Appetite For Destruction came out in the summer of 1987 I, along with millions of others, went crazy. From beginning to end this album was incredible. The song "Anything Goes" is probably my least favorite on Appetite, but that's not because the song stinks. However, it's the first song on the record that we're talking about here. In 2009 VH1 named "Welcome To The Jungle" the greatest hard rock song of all time. And why not? An absolutely killer guitar riff, hard hitting lyrics, Axl Rose's awesome rock voice and range... this song has everything a rock fan could ever want.

I was thinking of making this an all-time list, but I couldn't find enough information about walk-up music to make it worthwhile. But let's hear your thoughts and share your favorites from not just 2014 but forever.

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