The Sounds of the Game (feat. Monica Lynch & Haley O’Shaughnessy)
Just in time for the final weeks of March Madness, we’re bringing two of our favorite things together – music and basketball. Hanif heads to a Cleveland Cavaliers v. Detroit Pistons game to take in the sounds courtside. Then, together with sports journalist Haley O’Shaughnessy and former Tommy Boy Records President Monica Lynch, we’ll uncover the stories that explain why you hear what you hear at a game, and dig into 90s nostalgia. Plus, Hanif makes a playlist of his favorite arena hits. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode head over to https://bit.ly/oos-basketball.
Music in this week's episode:
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) - C&C Music Factory
Hip Hop Hooray - Naughty By Nature
Thunderstruck - AC/DC
Timber (feat. Ke$ha) - Pitbull, Kesha
Sirius - The Alan Parsons Project
Jump Around - House of Pain
Let’s Get Loud - Jennifer Lopez
For more 90’s nostalgia, check out Arij’s arena songs pick: Space Jam (Music From and Inspired By the Motion Picture.)
At the game Hanif and Arij attended, the Cavs Dancing Dads performed to Gasolina.
Read more about Victor the Wrestling Bear, who performed in the ABA, in Deadspin.
You can watch John Tesh talk more about the origins of the NBA on NBC theme song here.
This show is produced by work by work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, Kathleen Ottinger, Rhiannon Corby, and by Hanif Abdurraqib. We had wonderful help this week from Cleveland producer, Nate Kelmes. The show is mixed by Sam Bair. Extra gratitude to Joe Dawson and Saidah Blount at Sonos.