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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

This Whole SF Giants Theme Song Thing Has Gone Way Too Far

Posted By on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 6:00 AM

"Well, frankly, I thought Ashkon got it right the first time."
  • "Well, frankly, I thought Ashkon got it right the first time."

First, there was Ashkon, and Ashkon was good. 

Ashkon cleverly remade a locally grown anthem (Make: Journey; Model: "Don't Stop Believing") by retrofitting it with Giants-specific (and song-appropriate) lyrics. 

Ashkon went out to film the Giants tribe in and around its native ballpark, and made a rather poignant (yes, poignant!) video. 

Ashkon's good was rewarded with fame, official approval from the Giants, and over 1 million views on YouTube. His team also won the pennant.

Now, Ashkon is a star. His imitators are many. And therein lies the problem.

We were more or less okay with the second attempt at jumping on the Giants anthem bandwagon, Prince Aries and DJ Amen's "Black and Orange." The (free) track, as we mentioned, featured cameos from local rappers like DaVinci and Roach Gigz, and it was an original composition made exclusively for the Giants, about this season, which achieved its own kind of poignancy. So far, so fine.

Then this happened: A local band with dubious initials (MFA) and an even more eeewwy name (Music For Animals) spliced a bunch of pre-existing Giants footage into a video for a pre-existing song called "Love Love Love" (a song with not a single Giants-specific lyric, by the way), and claimed it as a Giants "theme song."

Here is the offending clip:

Um, no, no, and no. We can't yet declare the 2010 Giants anthem competition finished (although it pretty much is). But the bar to entry has to be higher than this cheeseball explosion of a song and video, folks. We have a world series to win.

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