Super Bowl weekend: New Orleans vs. Indianapolis

Friday, February 5th, 2010, 1:12 pm by Ben Salmon

In Miami on Sunday, a football squad known as the New Orleans Grocery Bag Heads will tangle on the gridiron with a football squad called the Indianapolis Mannings for the title of best football squad in all the land. Both teams are led by top-notch quarterbacks and both teams thank their lucky stars for a dude named Archie, but that’s about where the similarities end.

Here on Frequency, let’s focus on the topic that matters most: music. In terms of musical heritage, New Orleans vs. Indianapolis is a blowout. A complete and utter smackdown. The former is one of the absolute pillars of the American music experience, the birthplace of jazz, Dixieland, sludge metal (apparently), and Lil Wayne. Three out of four ain’t bad.

The latter gave us Adam Lambert and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.

On the other hand:


In the battle of “songs on my hard drive with titles that include the words ‘New Orleans’ or ‘Indianapolis,'” I think the Midwesterners eke out a victory. It’s very close — that “trapped inside the song” refrain in the Silver Jews jam is aces — but I’m a sucker for a story song, and Bottle Rockets main man Brian Henneman (former Uncle Tupelo guitar tech and player of hot licks on Wilco’s “A.M.,” natch) can craft a story song.

Plus: “I’ll puke if that jukebox plays John Cougar one more time.” Say it to yourself. Heck, say it out loud. What a great string of words, both in sound and rhythm.

All things considered, this one looks like a toss-up. I predict that the team that scores more points on Sunday will come away with the win.

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