Friday, January 22, 2010

Acid Flashback Friday: OK Blue Jays


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Drug overdoses aren't usually a very good thing, unless it's an overdose of nostalgia! That's exactly what is being served up today with another look back at Blue Jays yesteryear with "Acid Flashback Friday".

This week it's none other than the classic song and unofficial anthem for the Toronto Blue Jays, "OK Blue Jays". Click the audio player below to listen to a sample.

Here's a brief history on this song - it was composed by Tony Kosinec and Jack Lenz. To his credit, Lenz worked on the score for "The Passion of the Christ", but more importantly he worked on the Robocop Television Series.

OK Blue Jays was performed by Keith Hampshire and "The Bat Boys" and surprisingly the song was released as a single - it charted on RPM and was certified gold.

The single went on to spawn two Blue Jays centric albums - 1991's "The New and Improved Blue Jays Album" followed by 1992's "The Blue Jays Class of 1992 Album".

The track has been famously been played during the seventh inning stretch since 1983, but in 2003 the song received a bit of an update and revamp for the twenty-first century.

Some people go absolutely nuts for "OK Blue Jays" at the Rogers Centre. I've seen crowds sit on their hands the entire game, but then suddenly come to life once the seventh inning stretch hits. This song also brings out the worst dancers, which is possibly one of the reasons why I have an adverse reaction and remain glued to my seat every time they play it at the Rogers Centre.

Regardless of whether or not you like the song, OK Blue Jays is a treasured part of Blue Jays history that will  remain in the time capsule forever.

Whaddya want .... let's play ball!

If you have any suggestions you'd like to see on "Acid Flashback Friday", feel free to send them to bluejayhunter@gmail.com.

8 comments:

  1. I hate that ok blue jays song ever so much.
    We had blue jays rallies at the gym in gr 6 during the '93 playoffs were everyone had to sing that song.
    I've grown to hate it.

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  2. I remember my grandma had a record with that and several other Jays songs on it. I'd listen to it every day after school!

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  3. Colt, I can't explain why ... but I also can't stand "OK Blue Jays". Glad to hear I'm not the only one who cringes every time they hear it.

    Mike, I think there was also a cassette tape version with Blue Jays songs on it. I remember it had the Variety Club rap on it - too bad I chucked it in the garbage about 3 years ago!

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  4. I thought that was the Jerry Howarth Rap? Maybe he just sang it?

    I see the Jays signed another pitching project in Shawn Hill. They are really taking the philosophy that you can't have too much pitching to heart. Too bad none of it is bankable.

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  5. Jack Lenz was my neighbour growing up during those years. I thought that was pretty cool as a Jays fan and all...

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  6. Peter, I'm not 100 % sure - maybe I'll have to do a follow AFF post on that one.

    I'm really not sure why the Jays even gave Hill a minor league contract. He's had TWO Tommy John surgeries. I think we have enough players on the roster who have had ONE TJ surgery, let alone two.

    Mattt, Jack Lenz was your neighbour? That's pretty sweet - any chance you have an autographed copy of "OK Blue Jays"?

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  7. Sorry. No autographed copy. When you're a kid you take stuff like that for granted. My grandfather was friends with Harold Ballard and I would get autographed sticks signed by the whole team and I would go and play hockey with them. Kids do dumb stuff like that because it seems like it's no big deal when it's happening. You know what I mean...

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  8. Jack Lenz is a crook, he owes several people money.

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