ESPN Music: Oregon

Oregon talks about 'Gangnam Style' parody

August, 31, 2012
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Is this the next "Call Me Maybe"?

Maybe.

Oregon has put together a parody of South Korean rapper-singer PSY's "Gangnam Style" video. Oh, if you haven't seen that, ask your kids. It has nearly 80 million views on YouTube.

Playbook talked with Oregon's Craig A. Pintens, senior associate Athletic Director/Marketing and Public Relations, about the video.

How did this idea come about?

"We saw the original a couple weeks ago and got together with our mascot team and brainstormed on how we could make it happen. They did a great job putting everything together."

How long did it take to film?

"We filmed it over the course of a couple days and edited it pretty quick. There was already a planned retreat for the mascots and cheerleaders, which were the lake scenes. Ironically, the mascots forgot the good cameras, so instead shot with an iPhone. To keep things consistent, they shot the entire video with iPhones, which is probably the most remarkable thing about the video."

What do you think it could lead to, another "Call Me Maybe" craze?

"We wanted to jump ahead of the curve on this one. At the University of Oregon our brand is fun and innovative, so we wanted to be one of the first universities to take advantage of the impending craze. Plus it is hard to top the Duck, he is an absolute superstar."



The stories behind NCAA's best fight songs

August, 30, 2012
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Tommie Wright won’t tell you his age, but the 90-something behind Florida State’s fight song certainly doesn’t mind reliving the first victory over Florida (16-7, in 1964) or the party that followed (Tallahassee’s biggest party since the end of World War II). In honor of die-hards like him, we looked into the history behind some of college football’s most storied fight songs.

Florida State University: “The Marching Chiefs”

Preseason rank: 7
Football program established: 1947
Marching band established: 1939
Band size: 470

History: On Oct. 6, 1950, grad student Doug Alley’s fight song lyrics appeared in the school paper, the Florida Flambeau. “‘Gee, that is a good poem. I am going to write some music to that,’” Wright recalls thinking. He wrote the song that afternoon -- in less than an hour.

Factoid: Wright still has the original score in his office drawer. The copyright becomes public domain in 2025.

Louisiana State University: “Fight for LSU”

Preseason rank: 1
Football established: 1893
Marching band established: 1893
Band size: 325

History: Louisiana’s 40th governor, populist Huey P. Long, named Castro Corazo the university’s bandmaster in 1934. Long (lyrics) and Corazo (composition) collaborated on “Touchdown for LSU.” But after Long’s assassination in 1935, Corazo and swim coach W.G. Higginbotham co-wrote its replacement, “Fight for LSU.”

Factoid: The first time assistant band director Eric Melley was on the field for an SEC opener, the crowd was so loud that he couldn’t hear the 325-piece band right in front of him.

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