Monday, November 12, 2007

Hockey Sock Rock #1

The first of my occasional posts on hockey music!

Phil Esposito and the Ranger Rockers, John Davidson, Ron Duguay, Dave Maloney, Pat Hickey, New York Rangers, Hockey Sock RockPhil Esposito & the Ranger Rockers
The Hockey Sock Rock (1979)
(right click and choose "save link as" to download)

Not the first or best song ever recorded by NHL players, but thanks to Phil Esposito's name, a B-side by L.A. Kings players Marcel Dionne, Charlie Simmer, and Dave Taylor, the writing and producing talents of Canadian C-list actor Alan Thicke, and the fact that it was a benefit for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Hockey Sock Rock managed to avoid being the kind of regional novelty song that disappears faster than you can say "killer mustache, Davidson."

Not only was this song released as a single, there was also a music video which I was very disappointed to find out has not been put on YouTube yet. The video can be found on the 1989 VHS, Super Dooper Hockey Bloopers, which you can likely find at your local thrift store or flea market.

In case you are wondering why it says "oops" beside Pat Hickey's name, he was traded to the Colorado Rockies early in the 79-80 season, before the single was released. I guess that means he no longer qualified as a Ranger Rocker.

Phil and the Ranger Rockers' career in music wasn't finished with the Hockey Sock Rock, the group (minus Davidson because he's too ugly and Pat Hickey because his new coach, Don Cherry, would've benched him for the rest of the season) also sang in this Sasson Jeans commercial posted below.


Kliph Nesteroff said...

I have a copy of the rarest 70s hockey recordings (can't find any info or copies on the internet) - Wonderous Bobby Orr with flipside That Boston Dandy, not just written by Alan Thicke but PERFORMED by pseudonymous A.J. Thicke. From 1972.

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