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01-13-2009, 08:49 AM
Here's one more: "Do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, go Stillers"
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
By John Hayes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In a ritual that dates to the glory days, Steelers fans are making plans for home or tailgate parties, digging out tacky black and gold snack bowls and, in a modern twist, downloading updated versions of perennial Steelers fight songs.

Lots of NFL teams have chant-along songs played at games. But ever quirky and unique, Pittsburgh has more Steelers songs than Primanti's sandwiches have fries. Two or three are favorites routinely updated with the names of new team members. But each time the Steelers start into the post-season, musically inclined fans start cranking out new songs of support and finding new ways to connect with other fans.

Historically, the Steelers have made cameo appearances in mainstream country songs dating back to The Kendalls' "The Pittsburgh Stealers", about a cheating mill-worker couple stealing incidental contact on the split shift, and the flag-waving Charlie Daniels' hit, "In America."

But fan-written fight songs are in another league. None are distributed by record labels or officially sanctioned by the Steelers. A few are available for sale. But most Steelers songs are written and recorded by fans intending to share them for free with other fans.

This year's crop of musical support includes old favorites, new tunes and lots of words that rhyme with "Tomlin."

Roger Woods, a Richland real-estate investor, has been churning out updates of his popular chant "Here We Go" since 1994.

"It's more of a cheer than a song," he said. "It's a catchy, simple hook that everyone can sing."

One of the few Steelers songwriters who sells his work, Woods says by mid-season each year he has the production pipeline primed for a timely update. The master recording is tweaked with a few lyric changes to highlight new Steelers, and a CD replication company gets his project on the schedule in time to accommodate post-season rush orders from retailers including local Wal-Marts and Kmarts.

"From doing it all these years, I have an idea of how it works," he said. "During the regular season [demand] isn't that big. If they get in the playoffs it starts and if they win the championship it just explodes. This win [against San Diego] will generate a couple thousand sales. In the years they've gone to the Super Bowl, I've done more like 30,000 to 40,000."

Mr. Woods says in total, he's sold more than 100,000 copies of the song.

It's been 13 years since the guys from the Kardaz classic rock band threw together a parody of Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters." In their version, the sing-along chant at the end of the line is "Go Steelers!"

"It occurred to us that some people in this generation might not know that tune," said the band's Dave Muehlbauer. "But then we thought, who cares? As long as they know when to say 'Go Steelers!' "

Kardaz has replicated their cheerleader success with "Mighty 'Guins," written in support of the Penguins, and the "Washington Wild Things Theme" for the Washington, Pa., minor league baseball team.

"I don't know if there's a sociological term for all these Steelers songs," said Mr. Muehlbauer, "but there's also the Andy Warhol Effect where everybody gets their 15 minutes of fame. But it could be something else. If one person does it, everybody wants to do it."

Bob Banerjee laughs about the dubious distinction awarded to his Corned Beef & Curry band in 2005 when Sports Illustrated dubbed their "Steelers Rock (Steelers Roll)" among the worst unsanctioned NFL fight songs.

"They picked on the fiddle," he said.

Mr. Banerjee said he's hurrying to update the song before Sunday, when the shelf life could end as abruptly as the Steeler's season.

Nashville country singer Dusty Drake is better know back home in Monaca as Dino Buffalini, former front man for the Pittsburgh country cover band Silverado. Mr. Drake moved South and changed his name a decade ago. He touched the country music charts a few years ago, but over the past few weeks he's had the top-requested song on Pittsburgh's Froggy radio stations with "The 12th Man," a tribute to Steelers fans worldwide. The song parody was co-written by Mr. Drake and Moon's Steve Yurjevich over the lyrics to Kevin Fowler's "The Lord Loves a Drinkin' Man," a hit for Mark Chesnutt.

"Unless you're a Steelers fan, you don't get it," said Mr. Drake. "This kind of passion for a sports team -- how do you put it into words? I live in Nashville now and there are thousands of Steelers fans down here and they're not all from Pittsburgh. There's just something about that team that brings it out."

Dozens of Steelers songs -- including "The Steelers Polka" by Jimmy Psihoulis, "Puhlahmahlu" by Mr. Devious and "All the Way This Year" by The Tailgators -- are available for download at www.steelersfever.com. Some are better than others, but all of them come with more in-your-face smashmouth passion than "The Baltimore Ravens Fight Song" ("Honor bound for the sky / Over Maryland we'll always soar").


01-13-2009, 08:55 AM
Good plug for the site here...

The thing is... we tailgate.. and we tailgate as early as possible.. so we have PLENTY of time to listen to all these different songs...

I was in line 75 minutes early to get into the parking lot on Sunday & I was STILL way back in line.. I'm gonna hve to be over 2 hours early to get in the lot this week!