ESPN Music: Los Angeles Dodgers
September, 4, 2012
By Lynn Hoppes | ESPN.com
Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty ImagesBig Bad Voodoo Daddy, led by Scotty Morris, has a new CD out today, "Rattle Them Bones."Scotty Morris, lead singer for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, said playing at the Super Bowl in 1999 and providing music for the 1996 Vince Vaughn-driven movie "Swingers" isn't really what the band is about.
"We personally stay away from all that glitz and glamour. Hollywood is not us. It's artificial and non-creative," Morris said. "We didn't drop out. We just didn't play the game on those terms. We feel we're the baddest band on the planet."
And Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is back today with its new CD, "Rattle Them Bones."
Playbook had a few minutes with Morris to talk about the new music and sports in Los Angeles.
You consider you and the other six members of the contemporary swing band a team, right?
"We are coming up on 20 years with all the same guys. We're a team that wants to get better. We challenge ourselves each night. We like it. It's like being a boxer with a good chin."
August, 24, 2012
By Andrew Pentis | ESPN The Magazine
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicKaty Perry's "California Gurls" is among the most popular songs played at Dodger Stadium.In seventh innings around the country every day of the season, fans stand and sing lyrics that were written in 1908. The shelf life of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" proves that America’s pastime has long been intertwined with its tunes. But for a unique connection between city and club, teams rely on their own traditions -- some newer, some older.
We decided to find out the one song that each team relies on to get fans on their feet.
We're featuring the music from one team per day here on ESPN Playbook. To see past entries, click here.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Song: “I Love L.A.” by Randy Newman
Tradition: Played after victories at Chavez Ravine
• Recorded in 1983, Dodgers fans share the song with fans at other L.A. arenas.
• If it’s an especially exciting win, fans will stay in their seats a few minutes longer to sing along and soak in the win.
• The Dodgers have what they call the Fans Choice Jukebox. Snippets of three songs are played during the sixth inning, and the song that receives the most raucous reaction is played in the eighth. Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” is among the consistent favorites.
• The organization also has a long-standing tradition of organ-playing. Nancy Bea Hefley has been at the keyboard for a quarter-century.
May, 23, 2012
By Far East Movement | ESPN.com
Courtesy of Far East Movement Matt Kemp shows off the massive "Matt Kemp 4 MVP" chain the group presented to him.Editor's Note: Los Angeles natives Far East Movement were invited to throw out the first pitch at a recent Dodgers game. Rapper Prohgress sends us this dispatch and photos from their big moment.
Growing up in downtown Los Angeles, we’ve always been hardcore Dodgers fans, from Orel Hershiser’s 59 scoreless innings to the lean few years we couldn’t win a playoff game, up to the exciting team we have now.
We’re either at the games (mostly right-field pavilion seats cuz they got the all-you-can-eat hot dogs) or rooting for the Dodgers while watching on TV. So it was a dream come true when they invited us to throw out the first pitch at a game against the Rockies during their homecoming week. We were Kirk Gibson fist-pumping in the "Dirty Bass" limo all the way to Chavez Ravine.
The day was definitely better than we ever could have imagined. Not only did we get to throw out the first pitch, but we also got to spend time on the field, chill in the Dodgers dugout, and even got to meet The Godfather himself, Tommy Lasorda.
May, 11, 2012
By Dave Wilson | ESPN.com
Far East Movement Lifelong Dodgers fans Far East Movement are throwing out the first pitch at Friday's game.Far East Movement loves the Dodgers. That's no secret. They've been shown on the video board at Dodger Stadium issuing the "Dodgers Code of Conduct." They've had the honor of announcing "It's time for Dodgers baseball!" on the public address system on Korean Heritage Night last year.
But Friday night they will hit a new milestone, throwing out the first pitch before the Dodgers' game against the Colorado Rockies.
Rapper Prohgress says the group's members, who grew up in downtown Los Angeles and had a No. 1 hit in October with "Like a G6," rank this pretty highly on their list.
"I mean, each of the things we've done has all been fun and awesome. Anything that has any links to the Dodgers is monumentous," he said. "But throwing out the first pitch has got to be right up there at the top."
Proh (real name: James Roh) says Kev Nish will be doing the actual honor, and that they're all hoping for the best.
"He's got more of an athletic background. ... I don't know how warm his throwing arm is," Proh said. "You watch all those first pitches -- as long as you just kind of lob it up there, you're good. We're not gonna have him try to throw a gasser in there or anything."
Proh said he's excited about the timing of the event, and the tear the team is on.
"Well, I mean we're all really excited that Magic [Johnson] is part of the Dodgers now. That's no disrespect to anyone that came beforehand," he said. "Plus Matt Kemp is killing it, and Clayton Kershaw -- those are true blue Dodgers that came up in the farm system. It's a great time to be a Dodgers fan."
He said the group is excited about meeting Kemp, and that they have a little surprise in store.
"We haven't actually met Matt yet. We're all huge fans. Just this streak he's going on, I haven't seen anything like that. It's inhuman. He's so good right now. He's totally on one," he said. "With our new album 'Dirty Bass' that's dropping, we're representing the golden era of hip-hop with that booty-shaking vibe. We're hooking up the team with something. We don't want to let the cat out of the bag yet, but hopefully they'll have fun with it."
"Dirty Bass" will be released June 5 with the first single, "Live My Life" featuring Justin Bieber, and Far East Movement will head out on tour on May 22 with LMFAO.