It seems like I’m stuck in a series of Philly-based blog posts, with some recent posts focused on Wawa and the dangerous Roosevalt Boulevard.
So perhaps it’s no surprise that this week’s Music Monday has a Philly connection.
The song is Eye of the Tiger, which was the theme song for the film Rocky III (the one where Rocky fought Mr. T).
According to Wikipedia, the song topped charts worldwide during 1982. In the United States, it held No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for six consecutive weeks and was the No. 2 single of 1982, behind Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical”. It spent fifteen consecutive weeks in the top ten, the second-longest run of 1982, behind “Hurts So Good” by John Mellencamp This top ten run is tied with the aforementioned “Another One Bites the Dust” as well as “Physical” as the longest run in the top ten for a number one song during the entire 1980s decade. The band won an award for “Best Rock Performance by Duo or Group with Vocal” at the 25th Annual Grammy Awards. In September 1982, it also peaked at No. 1 in the United Kingdom, remaining at the top of the UK Singles Chart for four consecutive weeks.
Here’s the video:
But the real reason the song came to my attention was because a couple of days ago I received an alert that Walk Off the Earth had just recorded its own version of the song.
Like many other WP bloggers, I am a big fan of WOTE, so I knew even before I watched it that it was probably going to be great. But I’m biased, so don’t take my word for it. Here’s what Jim Peterik, a co-writer of the original song, has to say about WOTE’s cover:
I must have heard upwards of 1000 covers of “Eye of the Tiger” since it came out by Survivor. When I wrote it with Frankie I did not predict the longevity of this anthem and the amount of various versions (including Weird Al Yankovic’s great parody “Rye Or the Kaiser” — “Do you want your corned beef on the rye or the Kaiser?” Lol! I just watched a version that turned my head around and opened my eyes and ears. Performed by a band called Walk Off the Earth. This young conglomerate totally reinvents the song to a kind of island/reggae pop. And it works!! It never sounds corny or inappropriate. And it totally cooks. The genuine joy on your faces really comes through in the groove and the music. Congrats guys and doll for an awesome job.
Can a cover version get any higher praise than that?
So without further ado, here is WOTE performing Eye of the Tiger: