I Hate Myself For Listening To You
Here's a list of some popular songs from the last 26 years: "You Give Love A Bad Name" by Bon Jovi, "Dude Looks Like A Lady" by Aerosmith, "Let's Put The X Into Sex" by Kiss, "Loving You's A Dirty Job" by Ratt, "We All Sleep Alone" by Cher, "How Can We Be Lovers" by Michael Bolton, and "I Hate Myself For Loving You" by Joan Jett. What do all of these songs have in common? They were all written or cowritten by a man named Desmond Child. He has many other hit songs including a couple by Alice Cooper but it is the last song on this list which brings me back to sports and football in particular.
"I Hate Myself For Loving You" is a fabulous song released in 1988 from Joan Jett's cd "Up Your Alley". The song went as high as number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is a fun, tongue in cheek song(the kind Child is famous for) about a chick who wont let go of a man who is no good for her(something women are famous for). The song has NOTHING TO DO WITH SPORTS OR FOOTBALL. But in 2006 NBC(the same geniuses that air Notre Dame football) decided to use the melody for the song along with different lyrics as the theme for Sunday Night Football. How fruitful has this turned out to be? Well here are some of the original lyrics: "Alright Sunday night where are you, just kicking back from the things that you do, you want the big game we want it too, hey jack it's a fact the best show in town, a better grudge match can't be found, Al and John will make you crank up the sound". Yeah it's lame but what else were we expecting. They could put the same lyrics to some awful rap song and I wouldn't be writing this article(or maybe I would). The real problem I have is with the unforgivable act of completely destroying an amazing song.
It seems to me some effort could have been put forth to find someone to write an original song about football. They really had no further to look than Pink herself. After all if you look at her discography(yes it was a painful part of my research) she claims songwriting credit on almost every one of her songs. But if coming up with something new was beyond anyone's reach and you must go back to the 80's to butcher a song than why not something like "Glory Days" by Bruce Springsteen. Yes the song is about baseball but the lyrics could have easily been adapted for football. But at least Pink comes off as a tough chick who could actually compete in a tackle football game even with boys. After one season of her NBC made the switch to Faith Hill, the anti Pink. I have little doubt that Faith Hill would rather be out shopping for her husband's cowboy hats than watching football. I, like most of us, was introduced to Faith Hill when she released her awful cover of Janis Joplin's "Piece Of My Heart"(an awful song to begin with). And everything she has put out since has been equally as bad. It was on her second cd when she got smart and put her herself in a black dress with visible black lingerie and rolled around on the floor. This is what people really wanted to see. The music was irrelevant. So fine go ahead and make her the Sunday Night Football girl. Put her in a bikini with her and Tim McGraw(wearing one of the cowboy hats she bought for him) and let them make up dreadful lyrics(wait a minute the lyrics are already dreadful) to his dreadful song "I Like It I Love It". But taking that great song and dragging it through the mud like that just aint right.