Edmonton fans write lament for losers

Edmonton fans write lament for losers
Edmonton fans write lament for losers

Singing the hockey blues: Edmonton fans write lament for losers

The prospect of missing another NHL playoff season has two Edmonton musicians singing the blues and creating a new anthem for long-defeated hockey fans across the country.

The Suffering Hockey Fan Blueswritten and performed by Ken Brown and Stuart Adams, is dedicated to all the fans who started the season with hope, only to see that hope shattered.

“Losing in hockey is universal,” Adams said in an interview with CBC Radio’s Morning in Edmonton.

“Think about how they feel in Vancouver.”

While there are a number of classic songs about victories on the ice, Adams felt there was a void in the blues genre.

‘Crying in my tea’

“I watched the Canadian team get knocked out of the World Junior Championships … and I thought, ‘Man, there’s no hockey blues for losing hockey fans,’” Stuart said.

“So the next time I saw Ken, I was like, ‘We have to do this together. ‘”

After spending three weeks refining the lyrics over cups of coffee, the two recorded the song in Brown’s kitchen, with Brown on guitar and bass and Adams on harmonica and vocals.

Some song lyrics:

Our nightly thump on the boobtube. You can hardly call it a sport,

I wish my TV remote had a button called “cancel”

Season tickets cost as much as an ocean cruise,

Fans haven’t been restless for a long time, why do you take so much criticism?

I have the worry until it hurts, the hockey fan blues.

As Edmonton hockey fans, Brown and Adams — who have been jamming together since 2002 — feel uniquely equipped to write the song. They’ve had ringside seats to the Oilers’ failures for decades, and their plight proved the perfect muse, Brown said.

He shed many tears for the team.

“When I sit there, depending on what time of day they’re playing, crying into my tea or beer and thinking back to the glory days of the Oilers, it also adds to the sense of tragedy about what’s happened to the team over the last few years,” Brown said.

The song isn’t just an ode to the Oilers, though, Stuart said. He’s a Montreal Canadiens fan and said the song is for everyone.

Those doomed to cheer for a losing team and face another losing season are all singing the same song, he said.

A loss on the ice can leave deep wounds.

“I’m a true Albertan, but I was a Habs fan before the Oilers came into the league. I even lived in Montreal when they knocked us out of the playoffs in 1981 and after about 20 years I got over it.

“This song is for the 10-year-old hockey fan in all of us. There will be 30 losing teams in June.”

Stuart hopes the song will be shared widely and inspire other fans to create their own musical hockey shouts.

“It would be nice if people would write their own version,” he said.

“I mean, there are so many terms and puck-suck-luck rhyme schemes you can come up with.”