Saturday, September 20, 2008

Eddie Vedder vs. Billy Corgan: Who Loves the Cubs More?

If it were a vocal contest between the two alternative rock frontmen-icons, what would be the criteria to "win"? If it came down to pitch and tone in live performances, then Ed obviously edges Billy. If it came down to rarity, then Corgan's polarizing, ethereal whine beats Vedder's tried-and-true, oft-mimicked, rock baritone. The debate rages on, but I'm sure Vedder would get more votes from the general public than Corgan. However, you never want to cross Vedder's baritone with Corgan's heavily-distorted, metallish hard rock (Smashing Pumpkins); otherwise you'd get that dude from Creed. And Corgan's voice against the backdrop of Vedder's overdriven, punkish hard rock/classic rock-style (Pearl Jam) doesn't quite work.

However, when it comes to who's the bigger Chicago Cubs fan:

Ed just released a novelty tune built on fanatic nostalgia called "All the Way":



It's actually a bit better than bandmate Stone Gossard's pro-Obama novelty song "Rock Around Barack" released earlier this year. Ed's song is less cringe-worthy.

Anyway, on the other hand, we have Billy's more frequent participation in the Cubs fan community, as evidenced by this video:



For the uninitiated, Billy is the strange-looking bald guy amongst the Cubs fans in the montage. Check both singers singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the Cubs' home game seventh-inning stretch. Who do you think is the bigger Cubs fan?

A sober Corgan got the words right:

Billy Corgan - Take Me Out To The Ball Game (Marlins @ Cubs Game)


A drunk Vedder slurred something about "penis and crack":



But then Ed got another chance in 2007, and he did much better:



As for me, I'm sure both are desperate for the Curse of the Billy Goat to end. However, if I had my way, they would have to wait until next year. I want a Freeway World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. It's been twenty long years since the Dodgers made it all the way, and six regular years since the Angels won the Series. Yes, my 90s alt-rock heroes will have to wait.

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