March 29, 2007




hdhouse said...

Those of us from Michigan are always surprised when OSU students get the spelling right.

MadisonMan said...

Why is Hang on Sloopy the Official Rock Song (the mind boggles about an official rock anything) of Ohio?

George said...

Tin soldiers and Nixon comin'

Jesus gotta' get down to it...

Ann Althouse said...

MadisonMan, the band, the McCoys, were from Ohio. I guess there aren't that many bands from Ohio! There's a whole room devoted to them at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. For all I know the decision to do the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland was premised on the love for the McCoys. It's crazy, but cute.

MadisonMan said...

Chrissie Hynde is from Akron. You'd think Ohioans would name a Pretenders song. My city was gone leaps right to mind, but maybe that message doesn't play well.

Mark Daniels said...

Thanks for the link. I think that the adoption of 'Sloopy' as the official state rock song has more to do with its adoption, back in the 70s, by the Ohio State marching band. It's unaccountably popular and is played at every football and basketball game.

The reason that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is in Cleveland is that tradition says that the old term "rock and roll" was first applied to the emerging fusion of soul and rockabilly by a Cleveland disc jockey.

Ann, I think that the room devoted to the McCoys may have been a temporary display at the Hall. I don't remember it being there when I visted last fall. But there was three-story temporary display devoted to Dylan's early career. It was fantastic.

Thanks again for the link.

Mark Daniels

SWBarns said...

Finally, after years of reading this blog, a worthwhile link.

As for the popularity of Hang on Sloopy, it is a testament to the power of the "Best Damn Band in the Land." It is only heard on Football Saturday and at basketball games. Everyone professes to love the song; I think it is an Emperors New Cloths thing.

Hey HD:

Q: How do you get a Michigan grad off your porch?

A: Pay him for the Pizza.

MadisonMan said...

Aw, Anti-Michiana.

Hail to those motherf$#@&*(&%s,
Hail to those dumb $%&* suckers
Hail Hail, to Michigan
The Cesspool of the World

Hail to those fornicators
Hail to those masturbators
Hail Hail, to Michigan
the cesspool of the world.

Repeat as needed.

TMink said...

In my work with ADD patients (and myself) I refer to OHIO regularly.


Chaos is our first cousin, and by minimizing the touches, we minimize the chance to infect the task with chaos. So if I get a bill, open it, pay it, and send it all in one uninterrupted chain of activity, I have practiced OHIO.


hdhouse said...


I still amazed that they spelled it right but on closer examination i think the outside letters are switched around.

(made you look)

It is a well known fact that 9 out of 10 women in the big ten are gorgous...the 1/10th goes to OSU....but I digress...

Ahhh Columbus, where all the students are ugly and the campus is entirely below average.

HOWEVER, I have OSU and Florida in the finals so I can't be all bad.

bearing said...

The Ohio State Marching Band plays "Hang On Sloopy" if the Buckeyes are ahead at the end of the third quarter.

I laughed out loud when I saw that picture. I don't live in Ohio anymore, but when I'm home visiting I wind up driving past that statue a lot.

Matt Brown said...

Big Butter Jesus is no more.