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The Epic Journey of an Accidental Sports Anthem: “Seven Nation Army”

-Casey Klekas

I should have been doing homework. I was watching sports on a friend’s computer, instead. F.C. Bayern Munich was playing F.C. Barcelona and after each of Bayern’s four goals played the song “Seven Nation Army.” Since its release in 2003 that song has become a global sports anthem. How did that happen?

Well, I’ll tell you.

Picture, if you can, a band of Belgians drinking beer. The year is 2003 and the sport is football (not the one with pads and pigskin and Peyton Manning). The Belgians were in hostile Italian territory to support their own F.C. Brugge against A.C. Milan. Legend has it, the Belgians were boozing up in a local pub, numbing the pain of an expected loss, when The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army came on the jukebox. If you haven’t heard the song or you ain’t got no soul, you should beware its invigorating effects, especially when played on drink-sodden ears. Soon, the Belgians were singing in the streets, beckoning the power of a Jack White guitar riff as they marched into the football stadium. F.C. Brugge pulled off a very unlikely victory, and “Seven Nation Army” followed them home as a lucky charm.

Three years later, Brugge blasted the song while hosting A.S. Roma in a UEFA Cup game. They lost to a triumphant soundtrack. However, “Seven Nation Army” made its way back to Italy where it was adopted as something of a national theme song. Italy went on to win that year’s World Cup and “Seven Nation Army” blared over the ensuing Roman riots. Asked about his song’s sports success, Jack White said, “I am honored that the Italians have adopted this song as their own. Nothing is more beautiful than when people embrace a melody and allow it to enter the pantheon of folk music. As a songwriter, it is something impossible to plan, especially in modern times. I love that most people who are chanting it have no idea where it came from. That’s folk music.”

America reclaimed the song later in 2006. Inspired by the events in Europe, the song started playing in college stadiums around the country. I always knew where “Seven Nation Army” came from. As a matter of fact, it was the first song I ever bought on iTunes. I guess I just didn’t know where it had been.

Flux Playlist: Spring Cleaning

-Flux Blog Staff

It’s almost May, and although the Oregon weather hasn’t quite made up its mind yet, it’s pretty safe to say spring time is among us. So what better time to tidy up and give your apartment that much needed makeover. And I’m not talking about the quick clean up you did three months ago. I’m talking about a serious spring cleaning session. Here’s some of our favorite songs that seem to make cleaning a lot less painless. So grab some rubber gloves and a sponge and check out our Spring Cleaning playlist!


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Mike

  • Hotel Yorba -The White Stripes
  • Blind Mary -Gnarls Barkley
  • In My Room -The Beach Boys
  • Month of May -Arcade Fire

Diana

  • So Fresh, So Clean -OutKast
  • Georgia -Field Mob & Ludacris
  • So Fly -213
  • Go Your Own Way -Fleetwood Mac

Sam

  • Bohemian Rhapsody -Queen
  • Walking on Sunshine -Katrina and the Waves
  • Hip to be Square -Huey Lewis
  • Cats in the Cradle -Harry Chapin

Jamie

  • Dirty Little Secret -All American Rejects
  • Life in Technicolor II -Coldplay
  • I Like it Like That -Hot Chelle Rae
  • Knock Knock -Mac Miller

Tamara

  • Cleaning Out My Closet -Eminem
  • Rich Girl -Gwen Stefani
  • I Want to Break Free -Queen
  • Car Wash -Christina Aguilera ft. Missy Elliot

Jessica

  • Lonely Boy -The Black Keys
  • All Hail the Heartbreaker -Spill Canvas
  • Tommy Chong -Blue Scholars
  • Daylight -Matt & Kim

Flux Playlist: Songs to Sleep to

-Flux Blog Staff

It’s finally over! After 11 weeks of hard work and no sleep, we finally get to put winter term behind us and look forward to the ultimate prize, spring break. But before we even begin to plan how we are going to spend the next week, there’s one thing and one thing only that we need. Sleep. After jumping through hoops and meeting professors deadlines over the last two weeks, most of us are on the brink of collapsing. So we thought we would put together a playlist to help you take that much deserved nap. All of us here at Flux want to wish everyone a fantastic spring break!


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Mike

  • Dreams -Fleetwood Mac
  • When The Night Comes -Dan Auerbach
  • In the Cold, Cold Night -The White Stripes

Jessica

  • If You Can’t Sleep -She & Him
  • Fast Car -Tracy Chapman
  • Flume -Bon Iver

Callie

  • Daydreamer -Adele

Sam

  • Enjoy the Silence -Depeche Mode
  • Sleep Walker -Adam Lambert

Whitney

  • On & On -Erykah Badu
  • Oh Me -Nirvana

Diana

  • Sparks -Coldplay
  • The Gardener -The Tallest Man on Earth
  • Spies -Coldplay

Flux Playlist: Get Pumped!

-Flux Blog Staff

It’s finally here. The one week of the term that we dread above all others: dead week. With the winter term finally coming to an end, it can be easy for students to get sidetracked with plans on how they will spend their Spring breaks. But before we can sell back our books and work on our tans, we must survive the deadlines and finals that come along with dead week. We here at the Flux blog understand it can sometimes be hard to find motivation to study when promises of sunny weather are just around the corner, so we thought we would put a playlist to get people pumped up and motivate them through the next couple of weeks. So grab your books, find a nice spot in the library and check out our pump up playlist!


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Mike

  • Purexed -P.O.S.
  • Blue Orchid -The White Stripes
  • POWER -Kanye West

Diana

  • You and I -Medina (Deadmau5 Remix)
  • House Party -Meek Mill ft. Young Chris
  • We R Who We R -Ke$ha

Sam

  • We Will Rock You -Queen
  • When They Come for Me -Linkin Park
  • Click Click Boom -Saliva

Whitney

  • Superbad -James Brown
  • Fancy -Drake ft. Swizz Beats
  • Can’t Tell Me Nothing -Kanye West

Jessica

  • Hell’s Bells -AC/DC
  • Howlin’ for You -The Black Keys
  • Shutterbug -Big Boi ft. Cutty

Callie

  • Viva la Vida -Coldplay
  • Don’t Stop Believin’ -Journey
  • Waking Up in Vegas -Katy Perry

Tamara

  • Cinema -Benny Benassi (Skrillex Remix)
  • Sunshine -David Guetta
  • Jump on Stage -Girl Talk

Flux Playlist: Procrastination

-Flux Blog Staff

Procrastination. We’re all guilty of it. We’ve all had those late nights when we spend hours on Youtube instead of studying for our midterms and finals. Those endless evenings when we camp out in the Knight Library only to put on our Sherlock Holmes hats to become Facebook detectives. We’ve all been there, and we all know how much it sucks. So we here at the Flux blog decided to give a shout out to the weekend warriors who were partying when they should’ve been hitting the books. We probably would have had this playlist up sooner, but we kind of put it together at the last minute.


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Mike

  • Time is Running Out -Muse
  • Who Cares? -Gnarls Barkley
  • White Blank Page -Mumford and Sons

Tamara

  • Under Pressure -Queen ft. David Bowie
  • Trying to Find a Balance -Atmosphere
  • Sitting, Waiting, Wishing -Jack Johnson

Callie

  • Paradise -Coldplay
  • Lucky -Jason Mraz ft. Colbie Caillat

Tiana

  • I Hate College -Samuel Adams
  • Young, Wild and Free -Wiz Khalifa ft. Snoop Dogg
  •  Billionaire -Travie McCoy ft. Bruno Mars

Sam

  • The Lazy Song -Bruno Mars
  • Handlebars -Flobots
  • Threw it on the Ground -The Lonely Island

Jessica

  • Waste -Foster the People
  • Teenage Dirtbag -Wheatus
  • We’re Going to be Friends -The White Stripes

Flux Playlist: Happy Valentine's Day!

-Flux Blog Staff

It’s that special time of the year when men get to embarrass their girlfriends by sending flowers to their work. When chalky, little heart-shaped candies pass as actual food. And most important of all, it’s the day you get to spend with that special someone. It’s Valentine’s Day and the love is certainly in the air. We here at the flux blog had some fun with our previous playlist, but we haven’t forgotten all of you love birds out there! So grab a blanket, light some candles and enjoy our Valentine’s Day playlist with that special someone.


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Mike

  • God Only Knows -The Beach Boys
  • Fell in Love With a Girl -The White Stripes
  • Just One Kiss -Raphael Saadiq ft. Joss Stone

Jessica

  • The Girl -City and Colour
  • Mario Kart Love Song -Sam Hart
  • Sexual Healing -Marvin Gaye

Tiana

  • Best Love Song -T Pain ft. Chris Brown
  • It Girl -Jason Derulo
  • Heartbeat -The Fray

Diana

  • You and I -Ingrid Michaelson
  • Stay With You -John Legend
  • Sure Thing -Miguel

Whitney

  • Let’s Stay Together -Al Green
  • Prototype -OutKast
  • Lost Without You -Robin Thicke

Sam

  • You’re Still the One -Shania Twain
  • Kiss and Tell -Adam Lambert
  • She Will be Loved -Maroon 5

Tamara

  • Thinking of You -Katy Perry
  • Your Love -Nicki Minaj
  • Tighten Up -The Black Keys

Callie

  • Just a Kiss -Lady Antebellum
  • At Last -Etta James
  • One and Only -Adele

 

Steady 27's Rock Black Forest Bar

-Tamara Feingold

Moving in next door to a band could be a good thing or a bad thing. If they’re bad, you’ll be forced to endure sleepless nights as they practice nearby. But if they’re good, you have access to instant free entertainment.

Luckily when my roommate and I first heard our new neighbor’s jam session, we instantly fell in love. We brought blankets out to the front lawn to listen to the addicting music of the Steady 27’s.

With guitarist and vocalist Max Richter, bassist Kyle Yarak, and drummer Lucas Edmands, the Steady 27’s music is mostly alternative rock with a bluesy sound at times. Their main influences are The White Stripes, The Black Keys, and Arctic Monkeys, and their sound is a fresh yet gritty combination that leaves the listener interested.

“We want people to have a good time when they’re with us. We just want people to have fun with it, because we’re having fun,” said Richter. Last night’s show was no exception when the band played at Black Forest bar in Eugene where they play about once a month. It was a lively set with a few new songs and some old favorites like “Give Me” and “The Mission District”, and the audience enjoyed the original music.

As for the future, the band plans to focus on gaining a larger following in Eugene with audiences of loyal listeners and newcomers alike. The band hopes to play five more shows before 2012 and will record a full album once a few new songs are added. To listen to the band’s most popular songs, click here and to “like” them on Facebook, click here.