Soundtrack to a season

You can still vote for your favorite Gamecock football music, jholleman@thestate.comAugust 29, 2013 

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Patrick Davis’ new album of Gamecock-themed songs features musical cameos by Edwin McCain and Darius Rucker, two other big Gamecock fans.

The University of South Carolina has pulled together a playlist on the social music service Spotify (search for Sounds of Carolina by uofsc on

And video company Dinobrite Productions has put together “The Gamecock Mixtape” for more bass-oriented tailgate parties at

We asked readers on Facebook and Twitter about their favorite Gamecock anthems, and compiled a list for you to ponder. Vote for your favorite Gamecock anthem by looking for this story on our Facebook page or here.


By far the most mentioned, the classical piece is formally known as the opening movement from “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” by Richard Strauss; it haunted the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey,” but became a rousing entrance song for the Gamecocks. The USC Spotify playlist, however, has an interesting version by Phish.

“Sandstorm” by DJ Darude

How did an ’80s euro dance anthem find its way to 21st century South Carolina? Kids, and the young at heart, love to bop up and down to its infectious beat.

“The Fighting Gamecocks Lead The Way,” the fight-song adaptation of the 1967 Broadway show tune “Step To The Rear.” USC band director James Pritchard took the song by Elmer Bernstein, substituted lyrics written by then-USC football coach Paul Dietzel and converted the song into a stadium staple. It’s been the official school fight song since 1969. Why does Facebook fan Marty Greer Robinson like it? “Because it usually means we just scored!!”

“Crazy Train” by Ozzie Osbourne

The guy bit the head off a live bat – the perfect man to inspire crazed football fans at Williams-Brice Stadium. Depending on the moment, those at the controls of the stadium sound system use the haunting intro howl to grab attention quickly or the title section and guitar riff for longer breaks.

“Apache (Jump On It)” by Sugar Hill Gang

The song’s roots trace back to the 1960s British band The Shadows, but the old-school hip-hop version by Sugar Hill Gang in 1988 popularized the hook that gets USC cheerleaders and fans jumping and turning around with their hands in the air.

“Jump Around” by House of Pain

Another hip-hop classic (1992) that makes the fans, and sometimes the stadium structure itself, bounce.

“Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen

The unmistakable organ intro and the unintelligible lyrics from this 1963 hit just scream party (see “Animal House”). It’s in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

“Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes

Jack White’s guitar riff began to bounce off the walls of sports venues worldwide after it was adopted as the anthem of the 2006 World Cup in Italy.

“Back in Black” and/or “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC

OK, just about anything by AC/DC will get the blood boiling, but these two pop up most often in the reader responses.

“Shake Your Tail Feather” by The Blues Brothers

With a jazzy crescendo leading to the twisting dance moves, it’s ideal for a celebration slightly less muted than the bouncy anthems. And what Gamecock doesn’t want to shake a tail feather.

“Carolina Girls” by General Johnson and the Chairman of the Board

It’s a beach music classic ideal for shagging, but it can be a buzz kill in a stadium full of people primed to jump on the crazy train. Shagging in the stands just doesn’t intimidate the opponent. But this is a popular at tailgates before and after the game.

Anything by Hootie & The Blowfish

Lots of Gamecock fans love this band because … they’re Gamecock fans, too. The songs, however, are better suiting for the pre-game warm-up period, the calm before the storm. Or during long breaks during television timeouts when fans need to take a rest from trying to make the stadium shake. Darius Rucker’s solo hit “Wagon Wheel” seems ripe to join stadium soundtracks this year, according to our readers.

Patrick Davis’ Gamecock songs

Because the USC athletics department helped with Davis’ new “The Gamecock Album,” you’ll probably hear some of these songs in the stadium this year. See Hootie entry above.

“Carolina In My Mind” by James Taylor

Might want to put this one on pause for a week, since it was written with that other Carolina in mind.

“We Are The Champions” by Queen

Should be reserved for real championship performances, not just winning a game. Still, it pops up all over the sports landscape every week. Gamecock fans long to hear it when it has real meaning.

“Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen

Much more appropriate after an early season victory than “We Are The Champions.”

“We Hail Thee Carolina” by George Wauchope

All those students who leave early in the second half might not know this, but if you stick around to the end you get to calm down briefly to sing the alma mater. Then you can go crazy again.

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