The Blue Angels are asking us for help on their musical selections for this year’s flight demonstration soundtrack, and the best we can come up with is “Top Gun” and Van Halen’s “Dreams.” The Blues have been there, done and heard that.
No, it’s definitely not our best. But apparently, they’re some of the most popular suggestions that fans are offering up to the home-based naval flight demonstration squadron on Facebook.
These folks ask us for help and we serve them up a big list of predictable. Seriously, “Danger Zone?” Besides, isn’t that flirting with disaster? No, we don’t want our Blues going into the “danger zone.” Isn’t it better if they’re just skirting the “danger zone”?
Come on Pensacola, put on your thinkin’ caps. I’ll get you guys started.
“Sky Pilot,” Eric Burdon. So what if it has an anti-war sentiment to it? The classic, Vietnam-era song soars. And besides, few will notice the lefty message. A majority of folks still think Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” is a rah-rah song.
“Flying on the Ground is Wrong,” Neil Young. This would be perfect for the Blue Angels’ low, low passes.
“Eight Miles High,” Byrds and Husker Du. Both the Byrds’ psychedelic original and the Huskers’ searing cover are near-perfect. Just alternate versions each show — I’ll be crossing my fingers that Pensacola gets the Husker version. Of if you want to scrap the Huskers, how about the sublime ballad “Is the Sky the Limit” by the band’s recently deceased drummer/songwriter Grant Hart? “Is the sky the limit, what is the apogee?” It will make your life better to hear it.
What about The Who’s “I Can See For Miles”?
See, even my suggestions are kinda predictable, with their references to flight.
But look at some of the music the Blue Angels have used before: “Sex Type Thing” by the Stone Temple Pilots, “Shipping Out To Boston,” Drop Kick Murphys, etc. The songs don’t have to pertain to flight, per se.
They just have to get you in the mood. Make you excited. Make you nervous. Make you awestruck. Make you proud to be an American, though we would seriously regret if anyone mistook this sentence to be a call to play that song. Songs that get your blood boiling like Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades” or “Iron Fist.”
How about this: Did you know that before Cyndi Lauper gained fame, she was a member of the retro rockabilly band Blue Angel? How about Blue Angel’s “What a Thrill?”
Or better yet, anything by Pilot Scott Tracy, the former band made up of Pensacola husband-and-wife duo Scott Stanton (also known as artist Panhandle Slim) and his wife, Tracy Cox-Stanton. (I’d go with the infectious “Master Jack.”)
Or, since no one can ever agree on music, why don’t the Blues just do what more than a few people requested: Cut the music and just listen to the roar of freedom. Or just play Lou Reed’s noise-opus “Metal Machine Music.” (Less than a few people requested the latter. Actually, just me.)
Put in your two-cents worth. But if you nominate “Danger Zone,” it’s worth less than that.