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OT: Pregame basketball music.
Paul Hayes, Photographer, Photo Editor
Littleton | NH | USA | Posted: 1:54 PM on 02.17.14
->> We are nearing the stretch run for basketball season around here, and before it's all done and over with, there's a question I wanted to ask everyone here:

What pre-game music are you hearing at your local high school gyms and, furthermore, how many pre-game songs are you hearing with the profanity, vulgarity, explicit sexual references and N-bombs left in?

I feel like this happens more and more, year after year, and that the parents in the stands are caring about it less and less.

And I'm no prude. I listen to plenty of music that includes all of those things I mentioned earlier. But I also get this very uncomfortable feeling when it's played in a school sports atmosphere, particularly when there are younger kids in attendance, watching their older brothers, cousins, etc. Which is every single high school basketball game I've ever been to.

So what are you hearing out there? And what do you think about it?
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Bob Ford, Photographer
Lehighton | Pa | USA | Posted: 2:04 PM on 02.17.14
->> In my area the songs are screened by faculty before they are played. I've heard no profane songs before high school games.
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Alan Look, Photographer
Bloomington - Normal | IL | United States | Posted: 2:16 PM on 02.17.14
->> Usually a band playing 25 or 6 to 4. I swear I hear that song in my head 24 or 7 to 365.
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Sam Santilli, Photographer, Photo Editor
Philippi | WV | USA | Posted: 2:27 PM on 02.17.14
->> Paul, I do think most parents can hear the words.....too loud to hear the actual words, or, like in my case, hearing loss of ambient noise filters everything over a certain level to mush.
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Perrone Ford, Photographer
Tallahassee | FL | US | Posted: 2:38 PM on 02.17.14
->> I don't shoot HS any more. Back when I did, I refused to shoot for schools that played this stuff.

In once instance, I knew the staff and parents very well. I went up to the booth, and asked the guy playing the music if he knew what he was playing. He didn't. One of the kids gave him a disk to play, and he just stuck it in there before games while he went about his business in the booth. I brought him outside to listen. Not only did I not hear this any more at that school, the guy never did that job again. He was a "devout Christian" and I think he was embarrassed at what he had been playing.

I've attended a few college soccer games at a school where I used to coach. I heard a lot of this same music. And the heckling from the crowd toward opposing teams was deplorable. I stopped attending. When I coached there, we controlled the music, and we would have stopped the game and had the unruly crowd (mostly students) removed from venue.

At the University where I shoot now, this is never a problem in any sport. Everything is tightly controlled though some stuff is "borderline" though I know the kids like it. I simply refuse to shoot anywhere I am made uncomfortable. I know that's a luxury many don't have, but I do, and I exercise it.
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Brockton | MA | United States | Posted: 4:16 PM on 02.17.14
->> Happens at most of the hs/college games I have gone to. If I find the warm up music to be particularly offensive I have earbuds in my bag and just play my own playlist. I'm not at any of these games to police what the team or school allows to be played at / in their facility.
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Paul Hayes, Photographer, Photo Editor
Littleton | NH | USA | Posted: 3:33 PM on 02.18.14
->> I'm also wondering which songs you are hearing on a regular basis.
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David Minton, Photographer
Denton | TX | USA | Posted: 2:00 AM on 02.19.14
->> I can pretty much deal with any basketball warm up music I ever hear. Most HS gyms have such crappy sound systems that you can't make out any actual words anyhow. Just booming bass and "Bwllwwyiuffuull".

What I can't deal with? Hearing that Zac Brown Band "Chicken Fried" song at EVERY SINGLE high school baseball and softball game I go to.
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 2:16 AM on 02.19.14
->> Alan, that was hilarious! I often wonder if the only charts these bands can play is old Chicago, specifically 25 or 6 to 4. The only time you here that relic of a song is in high school and some college gyms/arenas... I laughed out loud when I read your post...
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Byron Hetzler, Photographer
Granby | CO | USA | Posted: 10:07 AM on 02.19.14
->> When I was in high school back in 19XX, our pep band played three songs during our basketball warm up...the school fight song, "Mississippi Mud" and "Beginnings" (yeah, another Chicago song). I loved hearing those songs. I thought the way "Beginnings" continually builds the energy through to the end was an ideal song to warm up to.

The noise they play today I just don't get. I know, I'm getting old. I couldn't even begin to tell you what songs they are playing. Although I did hear "Slim Shady" at the game I shot last night...they are pulling out the oldies.
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Alan Look, Photographer
Bloomington - Normal | IL | United States | Posted: 8:38 PM on 02.19.14
->> I wasn't really trying to be funny, that's what is often played here. If there is no band playing, there is usually some young folk music that I just ignore. Ok, the weird part is there are more adults 35+ year olds in the stands these days than students. One would think they would be catered to a little more, but it isn't so.

I do get what Paul is after and I'm afraid I probably shouldn't have posted, but I was being honest.

BTW - I asked one of the band directors once why with something like 20 albums by Chicago why it was that 25 or 6 to 4 was the only one anyone played. His answer was something about it being one of the easiest and most adaptable and up tempo Chicago selections. I didn't really buy it.

I have no advice, or real input. I do always have an mp3 player with me. I often use it to get some tempo to a game with no tempo just to keep me interested and ready. It does get played sometimes pre-game.
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