Friday, June 1, 2007

NHL finals 2007: Stephen Stills vocal crime

Now I know I'm no expert on music...BUT, I am fairly sure that this weeks game 1 of the NHL finals witnessed THE worst version of the American national anthem. The folk singer Stephen Stills strode out onto center ice, put the mic to his lips, and just let loose, with his "singing voice".
I am fairly certain I could do better.

You would think that someone would have actually seen if he could sing the damn song with any level of competence, especially considering it is viewed by many millions around the world.
I would imagine this is somewhat comparable to allowing Dustin the Turkey sing Ireland's national anthem.

Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you the only video of the vocal crime on youtube
(Only the audio for some reason...I think that has been a cover up)

16 comments:

Macka said...

I hate the way the yanks manage to include ther bloody anthem into their major sporting leagues. Its especially ridiculous in this circumstance as the majority of players partaking in that final are probably Canadian/European. I demand equal recognition for every country or none at all, get it done Ed

ed said...

Well the Canadian anthem is sung too, so thats all good. now we just need the Czech, swedish, russian and finnish...that should about cover it

Hugo said...

Fuck off Stephen Stills is one of the best singers of all time. Just 'cos he's an old-timer now. just listen to some of his greatest songs, 4+20 is one of the best songs that I've ever heard. Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young is probably the best supergroup of all time. I'm incredibly angry that you would degrade one of my favourite singers of all time like this. You know nothing!

Jamie said...

ye stephen stills was incredible in his heyday, just cos he's gotten a bit rusty doesnt take away from his genius. u could say the exact same thing about bob dylan..?

ed said...

"I'm incredibly angry that you would degrade one of my favourite singers of all time like this. You know nothing!"

Hugo...your an over reactionary idiot.

Your right i dont know much about him, apart from that was an awful performance that night. Im sure hes REEAAAAL great....do I care?

ed said...

"I'm incredibly angry that you would degrade one of my favourite singers of all time like this. You know nothing!"

Hugo...your an over reactionary idiot.

Your right i dont know much about him, apart from that was an awful performance that night. Im sure hes REEAAAAL great....do I care?

Ben Kirwan said...
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Ben Kirwan said...

The thing to take into account here is that music isn't black and white. No-one has a strictly good or bad voice. And that's why X-factor judging people on their voice is bollocks cus they just want this particular voice.

If Neil Young EVER sung this tune, you would say it was close to the worst version you'd ever heard. But he's never held what is commonly noted to be a good voice, he sings the way he does and is way more sincere than some professionally trained band leader who performs the shitty american anthem to a crowd of sports fans.

Also Ed, u haven't taken into account that he is clearly old and has lost a lot of his voice now. Whoever told him to sing it is the one to laugh at.

Eagle said...

Macka,

I've been to football and hurling matches here (in Ireland) and the national anthem was played before play began.

Ed,
The anthem that's sung has to do with the teams playing, not the nationality of the players.

ed said...

ah i do understand that, it just seems unfair, considering most of them arent from the usa at all. But I understant the reasoning behind it.

And as far as I know the national anthem isnt played before many regular season games in many sports, i was at a ny rangers reg season game and the anthem was sung(amazingly well by a 11 yr old girl) seems a bit over the top

Macka said...
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Macka said...

Eagle though I do find the playing of a national anthem at a domestic sports level absolutely ridiculous and unneccessary I do understand (kind of) why its done in north america. Though 'NATIONAL' anthems should be reserved for matches involving international sides in my opinion

The main prob I have with the anthems in relation to the NHL is that its a much more international organisation then the other major sports in north america and it just seems totally wrong

And the GAA is 99.99% Irish so you're not comparing like with like anyway. A more favourable comparison can be made with the English premiership in England. You can appreciate how ridiculous it'd be to have God save the queen played before every game surely?

Eagle said...

Ed & Macka,

I understand what you're saying and maybe it's just what you're used to. The anthem is a tradition at US sporting occasions. Now it just feels 'right' - it's the beginning of proceedings.

The tradition started in 1918 when Major League baseball was feeling some heat because men were still playing a boy's game when men (& boys) were dying in France. You could say it was a cynical move to try and deflect an "anti-patriotic" charge leveled at baseball.

But, when the war ended they just kept playing the anthem before the games. Other sports adopted the tradition because, well, baseball was the leader and they followed.

Eagle said...

Macka,

I'm not sure the NHL is more international than Major League Baseball, but it might be. Depends on how you define "international", but I would guess that a greater percentage of baseball players come from outside "North America" (US & Canada) than do NHL players. I'm not sure about that, however. It's kind of an interesting question.

Baseball has players from more continents, I'm pretty sure about that. North & South America, Asia and Australia are fairly well represented. There are one or two Europeans now too. (One definitely from Holland who pitches for Florida.)

Eagle said...

Macka,

Funny enough, I find the concept of "international sides" bizarre. Why should a man who earns his living in one country return to do the same job for another employer in his native land? I can only understand international sporting competitions when the competitors are all amateurs, but professionals "playing for their country" seems almost obscene to me.

There are no "internationals" in North America (or no real tradition of them, anyway). Hockey & baseball have cast a jealous eye on soccer's world cup and tried to duplicate that success, but American fans just don't get it. I know loads of baseball fans were mostly worried that their teams' stars were going to get injured playing for America or the Dominican Republic or whatever and for no good reason.

{If soccer in the US had any real commitment from fans, there'd be outrage that David Beckham wants to return to play for England and miss his club's games.}

cherokee said...

You are talking rubbish man, you don't even know Stephen Stills's music or you probably do not appreciate his vocal range. Shame on you for publishing such a childish comment.