It’s a topic that has been hotly contested by Vancouver Canucks fans, seemingly since the invention of the internet: the goal song.
Fans can never seem to agree on one, while the team has never been able to hit the right note.
They’ve tried Miracle by U2, Gold on the Ceiling by the Black Keys, and Electric Worry by Clutch in recent years. None of them stuck.
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That drove the Canucks to allow personalized goal songs chosen by individual players, which lasted two seasons, and each one of their selections was scrutinized heavily.
The Canucks may have found a winner last season though, when they reverted back to Holiday by Green Day — a song that has some nostalgia given it was used during the team’s run to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.
But this season, the Canucks chose to change it up, picking the 1978 classic rock hit Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love by Van Halen.
One resourceful Canucks fan, FamousGoalHorns on Twitter, has started a petition that has some momentum behind it. Now, #BringBackHoliday is the hashtag for the movement to revert back to their old goal song.
This is what it sounds like:
Here’s what last season’s goal song sounded like:
“It seems that the Vancouver Canucks game ops have changed the goal song this season. The song is called Aint Talkin’ Bout Love by Van Halen and it just does not flow well with the atmosphere after a goal,” the petition reads.
“Canucks fans should feel energized and hyped after a goal, and Holiday by Green Day accomplished that. Holiday is our goal song, and will be the best one the Canucks ever had. We cannot let our home games during the 50th anniversary season get ruined like this. BRING BACK HOLIDAY!”
#BringBackHoliday as the Canucks Goal Song.
Sign the Petition! https://t.co/mSLyrddoHj
— FamousGoalHorns 🚨 (@FamousGoalHorns) October 11, 2019
Nearly 2,000 fans have already signed the petition.
On a now-deleted Instagram post, Barron S, the Canucks’ DJ, provided some insight for fans into the decision making process.
Like Jay Swing before her, Barron S does not get full control over some key songs played during the course of a game at Rogers Arena, including music played for the team’s entrance, power plays, and goals.
She did indicate that if enough fans put their support behind Holiday, that the Green Day song would be reinstated.
“Since our team at the office had a chance to vote on the matter, they have decided that fans should get a chance to vote on the matter too,” she said. “In this case, you vote by signing the petition. If the petition reaches 50,000 signatures, we’ll reinstate ‘Holiday’ as our goal song for this season.”
— David Quadrelli (@QuadreIli) October 15, 2019
To be fair to the Canucks, I don’t mind the Van Halen song chosen. It’s ok. And truthfully, Holiday isn’t a great goal song either.
The team is searching for that perfect goal song, one like the Chicago Blackhawks have.
The problem? They chose to remove a so-so goal song with nostalgia for another so-so goal song without any history tied to it.
Will this get 50,000 signatures? Canucks fans almost got Rory Fitzpatrick voted into the All-Star Game, so it’s certainly possible. But if 50,000 fans agree on the same goal song, that’ll be a first.