Will Demons go Gangnam Style?

Written By Unknown on Jumat, 11 Januari 2013 | 14.43

Melbourne players are looking for some musical inspiration when they run through the banner at the MCG. Picture: Wayne Ludbey Source: Herald Sun

Will PSY's huge hit Gangnam Style spark the Demons into action? Source: AP

THE AFL is following the lead of professional wrestling by asking clubs to find a pre-match entrance song for 2013.

While the song is not compulsory, clubs have been encouraged to find a suitable anthem that can inspire players and fans before teams hit the field this season.

Renowned in pro wrestling circles, the entrance song is common in US sports including Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, college football and the UFC.

Richmond tested the water last season by playing Welcome to the Jungle by Guns n Roses at some matches and Melbourne is exploring the possibility of a tribal theme for 2013.

The Demons made the brave (crazy?) move of asking for suggestions on its Facebook and Twitter accounts yesterday, and both were swamped with suggestions.

What song would you like to see your club run out to? Leave a comment below

Predictably, they weren't all helpful.

The sound of an AC/DC guitar riff might get the blood pumping, but the impact would be lost when the chorus screams Highway to Hell or Long Way to the Top.

Ditto for Green Day's Wake me up when September ends and Talking Heads' Road to Nowhere while we're not sure the Yazz and the Plastic Population hit The only way is up is inspirational at any of its 4min5sec.

One fan suggested Chumba Wumba's Tubthumping in a nod to the three Demons who clashed with fans in Bay 13 on Boxing Day and several proposed the Dees use the theme song for Thomas the Tank Engine.

The harshest Facebook critic was Sam Borland, who suggested the original composition We're a pack of tanking flogs (give up already) by "various artists".

The call also attracted some left-field suggestions from artists including S-Club 7, One Direction and Enya. One fan mysteriously suggested It's Raining Men while the list wouldn't be complete without PSY's Gangnam Style.

The famous horse-riding dance would be more entertaining than the players waiting on the MCG boundary line for stragglers as cheer squad members struggle to keep the banner upright. Or maybe not.

Facebook fan Carol Taweel had this novel proposal: "No songs or music other than the theme song - they should just be concentrating on the game! But if you have to have music then only Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture complete with the sound of cannons firing! That may warn the other team off!"

But the Dees deserve points for at least asking the question. And there were plenty of more serious suggestions too.

If the winner is chosen on votes, Eye of the Tiger is the runaway leader.

Demons fans reckon the team could be inspired by Rose Tattoo's We can't be beaten and songs by
Metallica, Wolfmother, Motley Crue, Rage Against the Machine and, somewhat obscurely, the theme from the movie Transformers.

The songs will not replace traditional club anthems and Melbourne says it won't mean unemployment for the MCG bugler, a Demons fan who has trumpeted the club song, A Grand Old Flag, before the bounce in the past two seasons - news that will disappoint some.

"Why would they need another song to run out to..its a grand old flag or nothin. Just promise you will sack the bugle bloke this year," Facebook fan Jonathan Bowlbysaid.


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