December 9, 2004
Mark Swed, typical of the '60s student he was, acknowledges that he never listened to the words of UCLA's fight song until he looked them up on the Internet for "A Rivalry Reviewed" (Dec. 2). He repeats the first stanza, starting with the title line "We are Sons of Westwood," but does not mention that the music and all the rest of the lyrics are taken from "We Are Sons of California," which was and still is the fight song of the University of California Bears. In the early days of UCLA, the influence of Berkeley was overweening, so the "Southern Campus," as UCLA was dismissively called, simply adopted the Cal song for its own, a fact that has rankled many alumni for years.
September 25, 2001 |
A Pacific 10 Conference investigation into Saturday's pregame melee between USC and Oregon players has turned up a third possible participant: The Trojan marching band. "We're looking into it," Commissioner Thomas Hansen said. "They may have been a problem." The musicians have not been accused of throwing any punches. If anything, they are guilty of doing what they always do, playing the USC fight song over and over.
March 16, 2003 |
Could the New Mexico State University fight song be the most politically incorrect in the country? Some alumni say so and are lobbying for a change. But the last time that was tried, the alternative was booed off the field. New Mexico State's alumni magazine is questioning the song's boozy references. The song includes this line: "And when we win this game, we'll buy a keg of booze and drink it to the Aggies 'til we wobble in our shoes."
March 1, 2008 |
Alabama football fans can buy pens, ties, video games, phones and socks that play the Crimson Tide's fight song, and a New York company is humming the tune all the way to the bank. In an unusual mix of athletics and consumer electronics, college sports fans are helping boost the bottom line for a Manhattan-based music publisher that's selling rights to fight songs for use in an array of new products.
October 23, 2009 |
Mississippi fans already have plenty to worry about, given their football team's 1-2 record in the SEC conference this season. And then, there's the matter of the Ole Miss' controversial fight song, "From Dixie With Love." For years now, fans have broken into the chant of "the South will rise again" during the song, which the Ole Miss band performs before and after games. However, after Dr. Dan Jones was installed as Ole Miss' chancellor last summer. He told the school's band director to modify the song after hearing complaints from alumni because they felt the slogan was too offensive and recalled the school's past.
October 15, 2002 |
Welcome aboard the Angel bandwagon, and here are the lyrics to the team fight song. The existence of a fight song might surprise even longtime fans, since the Angels stashed the song in the proverbial attic for years. This year, with the return of the traditional halo to the logo, the Angels also brought back the old fight song in one of their television commercials, changing "California Angels" to "Anaheim Angels."