Until about ten minutes ago, I was convinced that the ‘Baseball Furies’ the make up wearing, bat wielding gang that chase The Warriors from 96th Street Station to Riverside Park wore Yankees shirts. For that reason alone, I dismissed all the trash talking from friends about the Yankees being the spoilt rich kids of the baseball world. As far as I was concerned the Yankees were great simply because the Baseball Furies were easily the coolest gang in The Warriors. But it turns out that they were not wearing Yankees shirts at all, and I read in despair that their make up was based on the band Kiss. You can really go off things, I’m all about the Turnball AC’s now and I’m glad that the Furies got their arses kicked by The Warriors despite heavily outnumbering them.
Putting all that to one side, the Yankees are, the most successful baseball team of all time, they have won twice as many World Series Titles than any other team and have more players in the Hall of Fame than any other team in history so their influence o the game can’t be denied. Even if they do insist of playing “Are You Ready For This?” by 2 Unlimited before every sodding home game.
Saying that the Yankees are in something of a downward blip at the moment, its been thirteen years since they won the World Series, one of their longest barren periods yet.
Musically, New York has long been seen as one of the most influential cities in the world. It is (in some places at least) considered to be the birthplace of hip hop, garage, house, punk rock, and new wave music. But away from all that, salsa was born in New Yorks Latino neighbourhoods, bebop, doowop and boogaloo all have their origins in one of New York’s suburbs. I could do an entire series on bands and acts that have come of New York (and other better blogs already sort of have done that), another one on just the hip hop groups from Brooklyn and then another one on songs that are about New York.
Like these four for instance
New York City Cops – The Strokes (2001, Rough Trade Records)
New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down – LCD Soundsystem (2007, DFA Records)
NYC – Interpol (2002, Matador Records)
Empire State of Mind – Jaz-Z and Alicia Keys (2009, Roc-Nation Records)
And here is this weeks local band tip, and there were literally hundreds to choose from – but I’ve plumped for Geese, in whose music you can apparently hear the sounds of Television, Parquet Courts, The Strokes, The Rapture and LCD Soundsystem, we’ll be the judge of that.
Low Era – Geese (2021, Partisan Records)
Of course, we shall revisit New York later in the year when the Mets come rolling into town
Next Week – another city with two baseball teams – Chicago, first up the White Sox