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Top Shelf releases an Oregon Ducks theme song: “Green and Yellow”

Friday, November 26th, 2010

I know there are folks out there who pay no attention to sports, but you’d have to work pretty hard to live in Oregon right now and not know the University of Oregon’s high-powered football squad are the top-ranked team in all the land, ahead of traditional bluebloods like Auburn, LSU, Nebraska and Ohio State.

I come from SEC country, so I have a natural aversion to the cream-puff brand of football played in the Pac-10. However, even I must admit that the Ducks are pretty fun to watch, and I’m getting swept up by Quack Fever, or whatever they call it.

Of course, whenever a sports team reaches these kinds of heights, there must be a hastily assembled theme song to soundtrack their dominance. The best-known example, by far, is the 1985 Chicago Bears’ “Super Bowl Shuffle,” but the good people at Deadspin have compiled literally dozens of these songs, spanning all styles and all sports. Find them here and here and here.

Which brings us back to the 2010-11 Oregon Ducks, a team without a song. Until a recent weekend, that is, when Top Shelf — a hip-hop duo half-based in Bend — put together “Green and Yellow” to commemorate UO’s season. Behold:

Frequency readers already know Top Shelf MCs Amsterdam and Middle are big sports fans. On Monday, Amsterdam (an ’05 grad of UO) said the duo wrote and recorded the lyrics to “Green and Yellow” in about an hour to celebrate the Ducks’ best season in recent memory. (The beat is from Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow.”)

“Middle really wanted to use the beat for our upcoming mixtape but I was reluctant since I really liked the original,” said Amsterdam. “I came up with the ‘Green and Yellow’ concept on the drive up, which coincidentally wasn’t that original of an idea. Haha.”

Amsterdam said he has since learned that some other people have had the same idea but “didn’t execute it very cleanly.” Radio stations began playing Top Shelf’s version after they heard it, he said.

Not bad for a spontaneous, one-off recording that doesn’t exactly represent the duo’s current sound.

“We just thought it was something Oregon fans could play on gameday, something that people could relate to on a community level,” Amsterdam said. “This song really isn’t a genuine example for our newest work, to be honest. Our best music is still waiting to be released, as our debut album ‘If It’s Hot You’ll Hear It’ will be out in early 2011. Stay tuned, and we appreciate your support Bend.”

#1 Oregon plays #21 Arizona at 4 p.m. today on ESPN. (That’s in 30 minutes.) Thanks to Top Shelf, now you have something to help you get hyped for the game.

Super Bowl weekend: New Orleans vs. Indianapolis

Friday, February 5th, 2010

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:

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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.