Thursday Night Bar Fight #12: Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na, Batman!!!


Tod Kelly

Tod is a writer from the Pacific Northwest. He is also serves as Executive Producer and host of both the 7 Deadly Sins Show at Portland's historic Mission Theatre and 7DS: Pants On Fire! at the White Eagle Hotel & Saloon. He is  a regular inactive for Marie Claire International and the Daily Beast, and is currently writing a book on the sudden rise of exorcisms in the United States. Follow him on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar greginak says:

    Right off the top of my head i’ll go with See How We Are by X

    Why? Well X is just great for one thing. They have a diversity (oops i hope i haven’t already scared the conservatives) of styles and wide mix of influences. I’ll bet Eric could do a good version on his guitar. The song captures some of the craziness, hope, and dreams of America.Report

  2. Avatar Jaybird says:

    “Free To Be… You And Me” by The New Seekers.

    To be interrupted halfway through with The Obedience Song.Report

  3. Avatar Kazzy says:

    What’s “The Brady Bunch”/”Gilligan’s Island”/”Love Boat”?Report

  4. Avatar Patrick says:

    Mars, The Bringer of War.Report

  5. Avatar J@m3z Aitch says:

    Travis Tritt, “Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares).”Report

  6. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    She’s birthed six children, for Christ sakes, one right after the other! Why doesn’t she go have a nice lie down?

    Having a nice lie down might be related to why she’s birthed six children one right after the other.Report

    • Avatar LeeEsq says:

      We have no evidence of that in the record. She could have been in many different positions during conception. Thats nothing more than impermissible speculation and conjecture.Report

      • Avatar J@m3z Aitch says:

        Carol Brady? Different positions? You sure got a different message from watching the show than I did.Report

        • Avatar Mad Rocket Scientist says:

          Oh you just know she was a freaky firecracker in the sack. No one that straight-laced & repressed can keep it all in all the time. Why do you think Mike was so eager to marry a woman with 3 annoying girls?Report

          • Avatar Pinky says:

            Because he knew that it was much more than a hunch that this group should somehow form a family!Report

          • Avatar Russell M says:

            could just be me but first thing i saw when i read that was the brady bunch was the worst lolita take-off ever.

            as i said, could just be me.Report

  7. Avatar MikeSchilling says:

    The Internationale. With everyone singing in a different key.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      With everyone singing in a different key.

      You made the joke work. I was stuck with just saying “The Internationale” which just seemed to me to come across as vaguely petulant.Report

  8. Avatar Mark Thompson says:

    A good theme song requires certain characteristics:
    1. It needs to have the ability, no matter how good or bad the song, to get permanently and inextricably stuck in someone’s head the first time they hear it.
    2. It needs to have a certain cheesiness factor.
    3. It needs to tell the product’s story.
    4. Ideally, it should be a bit chilly, perhaps more than a little self-deprecatory.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you a song that The Wife and I heard on vacation 4 years ago, haven’t heard since, but that has also never left our heads in that entire time: “Ici Les Enfoires.”

    I dare you to watch that video and (1) not think of some sort of version of a League of something, and (2) not be humming the tuning and singing in French for the next 24 hours.

    English translation of lyrics is here:

    As you can see, self-deprecation is not in short supply in this song.

    Bonus: if we have to pay royalties, the money will go to a good cause.és

    I would also not be opposed to doing a League podcast parody of the video.Report

    • Avatar Russell M says:

      i love all of these ideas. this video should autoplay on the home page at all times.

      just constant loop of awesomeReport

  9. Avatar Chris says:

    My first thought was Liam Linch, United States of Whatever.

    Then the logo made me think of Well Respected Man.

    Then I figured Fugazi’s Waiting Room should be somebody’s theme song.Report

    • Avatar NewDealer says:

      I kind of like the Kinks idea.

      We could also use this song:

      Goes with the dandy bowler hat look…Report

    • Avatar Pinky says:

      I definitely see The Kinks working, with the bowler hat and the air of sophistication. Well Respected Man has a great title, The Village Green Preservation Society kind of fits the mood, but Do It Again has maybe the most fitting lyrics:

      Standing in the
      Middle of nowhere
      Wondering how to begin
      Lost between tomorrow
      And yesterday
      Between now and then

      And now we’re back
      Where we started
      Here we go round again
      Day after day
      I get up and I say
      I better do it againReport

  10. Avatar Anne says:

    just so long as it is NOT this

  11. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    How about the theme to the Batman tv show. Nanananananannan, BatmanReport

  12. Avatar James Vonder Haar says:

    The League always did remind me a bit of Millwall.


  13. Avatar zic says:

    1. Blowin in the Wind because the wind is like the internets.

    2. Ride Like the Wind, keeping to my wind theme, because I rather fancy some of you view the league as ordinary gentlemen, and so slightly dangerous.

    3. Wild is the Wind, because love of a blog is like loving the wind. Now just bring on the Mandolins.Report

  14. Avatar zic says:

    OK, I’ll trade some gold-pooping bacteria for a vote on one of the songs in my comment stuck in moderation.Report

    • Avatar Chris says:

      +1 for one of your songs (I don’t know what they are, so I’m going to guess at least one of them is this). Where’s my bacteria?Report

      • Avatar zic says:

        I’ll vote that one up. If we’ve got to be gentlemen, and ordinary ones at that, we deserve a Major General. But I refuse to be one of the girls in a production of the League video, Chris. I get to carry a gun, too. And a sword. And I get to use them.

        The bacteria are at the link above, you may go there and collect your payment from the University of Michigan’s website.Report

  15. Avatar Roger says:

    I just recently decided on my recommended super group. I think I am thinking so hard on these that I don’t come up with an answer until everyone else is long gone.

    That said, I am going to go out on a limb by saying that I know the perfect theme song to the League. Problem is it is a song that absolutely nobody knows. Indeed it was a bonus track on the British release of an album by Snow Patrol.

    The song is Warmer Climate, and all I can say about it is that every time I hear the song I thing of the discussions at the league. It is an introspective aong about philosophy and the meaning of life and the nature and costs of progress. Or maybe it is about none of these.

    Listen to it if you can find it.

    Warmer Climate by Snow Patrol.Report

  16. Avatar NewDealer says:

    Spanish Bombs by the Clash:

    Largely because I think this is a great song to go down with, guns blaring and all.

    Won’t Get Fooled Again by the Who:


  17. Avatar NewDealer says:

    Though can anyone really argue with this song. I mean haven’t we all been there at one time in our lives or another:


  18. Avatar CK MacLeod says:

    By virtue of the chorus, this song is ALREADY the LOOG theme song:


  19. Avatar Alan Scott says:

    We didn’t have to ask these questions, because they were all answered by the theme song: Carol Brady didn’t birth all six Brady kids, she was merely a widow who had gone to great lengths to eliminate every trace of her dead husband’s very existence; in fact, she probably killed him.

    Don’t be silly. Carol Brady was a scandalized divorcee who convinced a closeted gay man to marry her so that they might both escape the prudish judgement of their bigoted 1960s neighbors. Carol’s husband (one Mr. Martin) was a violent alcoholic and womanizer, and was very much alive when the show began (Though he’s bludgeoned to death in between seasons 3 and 4 by Greg Brady in an act of justifiable self defense).Report

  20. Avatar Maribou says:

    i utterly love this question. not sure i will have a chance to participate as i am recovering from several weeks of delightful ruckus – last night i slept for 11 hours, and the plan for the weekend involves more sleep and a tiny bit of more ruckus.

    but even if i don’t get here by Saturday, i will be coming back and appreciating it in retrospect :D.Report

  21. Avatar Snarky McSnarksnark says:

    I was thinking Why Can’t We Be Friends, by WarReport

  22. Avatar Pinky says:

    Life During Wartime, by The Talking Heads
    Mr. Bad Example, by Warren ZevonReport

  23. Avatar Citizen says:

    Champagne super


    • No. Absolutely not. Negative 1000.Report

      • Avatar Chris says:

        I’ll add another negative 1000. Remember that problem of evil post from a couple weeks ago? Instead of sickle cell anemia, it could have used the existence of Oasis.Report

        • Avatar Glyph says:

          Aw, the first two records aren’t bad. Derivative to the point of plagiarism, sure, but melodic and well-crafted all the same. And Noel is a pretty funny, level-headed guy; unpretentious, fully aware of his debts and luck and proper place in the scheme of things.

          His brother Liam is a total tool though.Report

  24. Avatar BlaiseP says:

    Not exactly an anthem but here’s a piece I’ve come to identify with LoOG.Report

  25. Avatar Patrick says:

    “Lack of Communication”, Ratt.Report

  26. Avatar Slade the Leveller says:

    My nomination is “In Context” by Field Music. Pretty cool video here: