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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 Spotify.com).
And video company Dinobrite Productions has put together The Gamecock Mixtape for more bass-oriented tailgate parties at gamecockmixtape.com.
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. Its 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 songs 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). Its in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes
Jack Whites 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, its ideal for a celebration slightly less muted than the bouncy anthems. And what Gamecock doesnt want to shake a tail feather.
Carolina Girls by General Johnson and the Chairman of the Board
Its 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 doesnt 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 theyre 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 Ruckers 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, youll 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.