NFL Musical History: Musical Misadventures in the NFL began in 1984

During a recent trip I took to San Francisco I picked up an incredible piece of musical history. It’s a single (vinyl) from 1984 of the SF 49ers singing “We’re the 49ers.”

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In 1984 NFL pros all had crossover careers...

This record signaled the beginning of an alarming trend in which football teams produced their own music.  It started with this, in 1984, and followed by half a dozen more teams making complete asses of themselves. Whether rationalized to show their toughness, their rhythm, or what have you, these records may be mesmerizing for fans, but History must now look back on them with disdain.

These are not stadium songs, cheerleader tunes, ra ra fight songs, but songs sung by the team, involving two-stepping, quarterback solos, and pop culture references and full-blown music productions.

The record I picked up is pretty tame, and goes a little something like this:

We’re the 49ers
We will rock you till we win the fight
We’re the 49ers
We’re dynamite

We don’t take no stuff
Everybody knows we’re too tough
And we ain’t gonna stop till we get enough

Running all six ways to Sunday
Throwing down all the way
Better watch your behind if it’s in our way

We’ve got the power
We’ve got the heart
We’ve got the soul

2x Chorus

Everybody plays
We’re a team and we like it that way
All together we’ll get to the top to stay

In the air or in the trenches
There’s a job to be done
And we ain’t taking prisoners from anyone

We’ve got the power
We’ve got the heart
We’ve got the soul

Chorus

We’ve got the power
We’ve got the heart
We’ve got the soul

2x Chorus

“We don’t take no stuff” will live on as the greatest moment in football musical history.

Setting a dangerous precedent

I had only heard the distant rumor of a 49ers self-produced song before I found this vinyl. Like most of us out there who have spent the last four years on Youtube, when I think of NFL and sonorous sing-songing  I only think of the Bears’ ‘Superbowl Shuffle’ of 84. But they learned from the 49ers that MUSIC is where the NFL must conquer. The Bears produced their shuffle after their ’84 season, several months after the 49ers produced. (they owned the superbowl that year). So it’s with the 49ers where we must begin. Again, have a listen. Simple, and sweet.

I’m happy I have this vinyl, but not happy that it inspired a world of hurt. I’m sorry I’m resurrecting it and all that followed in its wake, but it must be done: What follows is a short and brutal history of musical misadventures in the NFL in the United States of America 1984-1988. It is as complete as a reasonable amount of searching allowed, but it is no doubt incomplete. Help me out by commenting at the bottom:

The ‘Superbowl Shuffle’ by the Bears sparked the fire of the NFL music video:

Next up, the LA Rams with ‘Ram It’ from 85:

Did you hear that? That’s the 1985 Seahawks team in their “Locker Room Rock” set to the tune of Yakkity Yack:

“Can’t Touch Us” by the Miami Dolphins (1985) is bedecked with with zebra workout pants, solos, and a Hooters Dance Team:

“We wear the silver, we wear the black, don’t get in our way….” leads us into the Raiders Music Video titled “Silver and Black Attack” from 1986:

The Philadelphia Eagles were four years late to the game. In 1988 they recorded (and filmed a recording session) of “Buddy’s Watchin’ You.” I do not know who buddy is, but he’s watching:

In a move of unparalleled wisdom The Steelers did not commit their disgrace to film. Here’s ‘One for the thumb‘ recorded in ’88 here.

And that concludes our tour of NFL musical misadentures. I hope you enjoyed yourself as much as I did. But I’m not done. The MOST DISGRACEFUL offshoot of this trash-rhyme male-posturing emerged in a certain commercial produced by members of the food service industry. Have a peek at the ‘Super Broker Shuffle’

Please let me know if I missed any…

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