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The Gameday Music at Beaver Stadium Sucks

After the Homecoming game this past Saturday, I’m convinced that the music selection and placement during football games is no better this year than during the reign of Guido D’Elia. Some changes had been madebut the songs that have been chosen are either not working out or not being used to their full potential.

First order of business: Who the hell cuts “Gangnam Style” right before the drop? And even worse, after completely killing the vibe the DJ faded the song back in — obviously sensing the crowd’s disappointment. By the time the catchy Internet craze came back on, the student section was still sighing that they missed the chorus rather than lassoing and doing that weird wobbly leg thing. This was truly one of the biggest fails during the game — besides Jesse Della Valle muffing that punt return midway through the second quarter.

Another beef I have with the music this season is the alleged “Pump Up Songs” at the conclusion of halftime. One that I’m sure everyone is annoyed with is “Minnie the Moocher” by Cab Calloway (aka Hidey Hidey Hidey Ho). After talking with many students, it is safe to say that this song should no longer be played at Beaver Stadium. It’s not catchy and does not serve the same kind of relevance to the college crowd as “Shout” does — being a fan favorite in movies like Wedding Crashers and Animal House.

Sometimes the song choices are great, but the arrangement is terrible. During one of the biggest defensive drives of the game, “Niggas in Paris” came on to get the Lions energized. Immediately after the fade out, “American Girl” fades in, which didn’t flow at all. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Tom Petty, but not when he’s mashed-up poorly with Jay-Z and Yeezy.

Overall, there is a lack of communication in the DJ booth. Whether its overplaying the “Power” instrumental (which in itself sucks) or playing over the Blue Band/We Are chants. Despite the incredible win this Homecoming weekend, I somehow can’t help but get over the  issues surrounding the soundtrack to the ‘Greatest Show in College Football.’

Does anyone else think the tunes at Beaver Stadium are weak sauce? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter (@OnwardState).

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About the Author

Leo Dillinger

Penn State Junior, Print Journalism Major, Minors in English and Sociology, Writer of Arts, Entertainment, News, Tomfoolery and Opinion.


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