Thursday Smackdown: Zevon vs. Brodsky for Best Hockey Song

hockeyYes, Game 6 of the NBA Finals was as compelling as basketball gets. Back and forth, legacies on the line, defeat snatched from the jaws of victory by a team known for not folding. Even that emergency weather system interruption added to the drama.

Let’s hope that tonight’s title game is as scintillating.

But, you know, the Stanley Cup Finals between the Bruins and Black Hawks stands 2-2. Three of those battles have gone to OT, including the series opener which was essentially two games in one. Three OTs were necessary before the winning biscuit nestled in the basket.

Which exciting series somehow got my buddy Harry and me arguing about the “best hockey song.” It was really odd since Harry is a baseball aficionado of the highest sort. SABR and all that. But he’s a music buff and a man, like myself, of strong opinion.

musicHe immediately mentioned that there was clearly one hockey tune that stood above the rest: Warren Zevon’s “Hit Somebody (The Hockey Song).”

I immediately demurred. But couldn’t remember that Chuck Brodsky was the singer/ songwriter, or that “Hockey Fight Song” was the name of the tune. I checked in with my old FPK nemesis Dan Reed, now in Philly, because I knew he’d know.

So, it’s time for you, my loyal followers (and other assorted hangers on) to choose which tune is best. Or, more likely, fuel the argument.

Here are the two tunes. Please register your vote and opinion in the Comments section below.

First up, Chuck Brodsky.

Pretty zesty, eh? “A little donnybrook, a little brouhaha.”

Okay, next up is Warren Zevon.

Okay, readers, music fans, hockey fans and those who could care less about pucks on ice, let me know which you think is best?

– Seedy K


  1. Larry from Bruinsville
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    “I want to see a little blood…I want to get my money’s worth…”

    gotta vote for a song that brings it down to the carnal impulse.

  2. Ben
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    I vote for Zevon

  3. l
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    What about the Zamboni’s …..every song is about hockey…

  4. dad perkins
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    This is an absolute no-brainer. While that Brodsky tune is undoubtably pleasant and clever, putting him up against the lyrical/narrative blitzkrieg of Zevon is like pitting the Pilsbury Dough Boy against Stalone in an arm wrestling match.

    Saskatoon->goon? What else can a farm boy from Cana-da-doo?

    How much more do you need to know?

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