If you have ever been to a live Chicago Blackhawks game at the United Center you know the feeling that comes over you when Jim Cornellison belts out the National Anthem, or that feeling when 20,000 strong belt out the chorus of Chelsea Dagger.
But what makes these songs special? What set’s these song’s apart from the millions of other songs out there? Sit back, relax and enjoy as we browse through the Chicago Blackhawks music collection.
Warm up’s: Metallica – King Nothing.
While the Chicago Blackhawks use numerous songs for their warmups, I chose King Nothing because it is one of my favorite Metallica songs. If you have ever played a sport, or worked out, you know the importance of “pump-up” songs. These tunes get your mind right for what you are about to do, and act like a bolt of lightning going through your body. King Nothing is the epitome of a “pump-up” song— from the opening guitar riff to the power behind James Hetfield’s voice, this song is sure to get your blood flowing.
Hitting the Ice: Ted Nugent – Staranglehold.
While the “pump-up” song is important, continuing the adrenaline over to the next song is just as important. Stanglehold is almost like a warning to the Blackhawk’s opponent’s that basically say’s we are here and we got you just where we want you. While “King Nothing” got the Hawks pumped up, Staranglehold with its melodic guitar riffs puts a sense of relaxation into the team. If you can get the right mix of being pumped while at the same time being relaxed you can accomplish just about any feat.
The Anthem: Jim Cornelison – Star Spangled Banner
Probably the greatest tradition in sports, the National Anthem at the United Center is something every Chicago Blackhawks fan should witness first hand. If “King Nothing” is the song that gets the team pumped, the Anthem is the song that gets the crowd pumped. Never before has anyone seen 20,000+ yell, scream and sing along to our nation’s Anthem like they do at the UC. As an opposing player, you realize that this crowd is amped before the puck even drops, at times reaching over 100 db before the game even begins. In fact the crowd gets so loud, that at times during the Stanley Cup Playoff’s NBC has filtered out the crowd noise so you can actually hear Cornelison sing.
Goal/Victory: The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger
Do do do do do do do do. You know when you hear that familiar melody that the Chicago Blackhawks have done something good. “Chelsea Dagger” is a song that opposing team’s do not want to hear, because it means that the Hawks have either just lit the lamp, or have just begun to salute the crowd after a victory. The song has even warranted a You Tube video of the Vancouver Canucks reaction to it. That video can be summed up perfectly by Henrik Sedin, when upon hearing the familiar chorus could only say “Bad memories, bad memories.”