I had the radio on the other day and Tom Cochrane’s “Big League” came on. I don’t know about you but anytime I hear that song now I instantly go back to the live performance Tom gave when the Canucks honoured the late Luc Bourdon. I cannot hear that song now without thinking of that poor man losing his life so young. It got me to thinking about the songs that connect us as Canucks fans. There are essentially 5 tunes that like it or not, connect us all.
You have to start with the one I just mentioned, Tom Cochrane “Big League”. It’s such a great track to begin with and I’ve sang along in the car even before it was immortalized in Canucks history. The eery part about this whole story is that it fits Luc’s story so close. The tragic accident that took his life in 2008 shook the hockey world.
He had two close friends, Kris Letang and Alex Burrows, who carried this the closest to their hearts and gave Luc the best tribute they could; Alex with his bow and arrow celebration after every goal and Kris’ tattoo after his Stanley Cup win the next year. There is no telling how good Luc could have been had he still been with us and many think he would have been the difference in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final as he would be coming into the prime of his career. We’ll never know.
The next two are probably a bit more personal as they have become two of my favourite songs since they aired on the CBC montages. The first of the two is the 2009 montage after the Penguins won the Cup. This was the first year the Canucks lost to the Blackhawks. That one really stung. The Patrick Kane hat-trick, Mats Sundin and realizing the Canucks needed to take another step. Oh, and Chelsea Dagger (that’s later). City and Colour AND Gord Downie, I’ll take that any day. Enjoy.
Montage #2 is the setup before the infamous Game 7 meltdown in 2011. City and Colour really has the Canucks number but what a song. We all know how it ended and I knew when they played this song (I’m weird like that) that the Canucks were probably going to regret this one. It’s a fantastic track and I was too excited to really realize the connection to the first time we were serenaded by CBC and City and Colour. It still gives me the chills.
This next one has been around for so long and I don’t think it will ever really leave the Canucks. I believe one day it will come back and echo through Rogers Arena once more and maybe that day the Canucks will be hoisting the Cup for all Canucks nation to embrace. U2’s “Where the streets have no name” is etched in the Canucks historical soundtrack.
So many times people wanted to axe this tune out of the rotation because they had never won anything with it and it was time to start something new. Well, they did but I can’t help but think that they should bring it back and any of the Canucks good luck that came with it.
Chills… still chills.
I hate to include this one but it’s impossible to leave out the song that kind of drove the Canucks (and it’s fans) to madness and ultimately all the way past the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 overtime. No Burrows slaying the dragon clip, it’s Chelsea Dagger. I think after that 2009 series we all were so sick of that song that we never wanted to hear it again.
Maybe I’m a glutton for punishment but hearing Chelsea Dagger so many times (7 in one game) it kind of grew on me. All Blackhawks shenanigans aside, it’s a good song. Like U2 and Tom Cochrane, The Fratellis created a song that is as much the Canucks as it is the Hawks. Every time you hear it you can remember how pissed you were that yet again, the Hawks had scored.
The Madhouse on Madison owned the Canucks and Chelsea Dagger filled the voids when the fans weren’t going crazy.
So now you hate me for even including that and making you relive some pretty tough, emotional times in Canucks history but whether you want to admit it or not, these 5 songs define the Canucks and everything they have done in the last 10+ years. You’ll also be happy I didn’t include any Nickelback and believe me I tried.
Hopefully, there is a new song that will bring us joy eventually and something we can cling to for years to come. I hear no one has claimed Tubthumping as their intro song.