Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wednesday Reading And Cardinals Theme Songs

Old Greek Esther 15: 1-16, 5: 3-14, 6: 1-14, 7: 1-10.

During the 1980s the Cardinals won 3 pennants, and each year- 1982, 1985 and 1987- had its own theme song.

When the Cardinals won the World Series in 1982, the theme song was, naturally, "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang.

In 1985, with speed blazing the basepaths, Glen Frey's hit "The Heat Is On" was adopted by  St. Louis.

And in 1987 it was "Shakedown" by Bob Seger.  Inspired at least, I think, by the Cardinals penchant for base thievery.

The following audio is from 1985.  A local St. Louis radio station took the popular song "The Heat Is On" and overlaid it with Cardinals radio highlights from that season.  Someone has now posted it on YouTube with a few somewhat unrelated photos. But that's okay.  With a gift, it's the thought that counts.

I heard that song dozens of times that summer and fall on the mighty KMOX.

The station did the same highlight thing in 1987 with "Shakedown".  Only I can't post that one because I can't find it.  You'll just have to read about it.  You can read more about Cardinals music here and here.


  1. Thanks for the post. I was looking for the Cards WS theme songs from the 80's. :)

    These Cardinals 80's series are the reason I'm a life long Cardinals fan (was 10yr old in STL in 1985). I mean who doesn't fall in love with a team for life when their second game at Busch, the SS does a backflip! :D Love me some Ozzie!

    Anyway, cheers for the nostalgia!

  2. Anonymous!

    You're welcome.

    As good as the current team is, 1980s is still my favorite era.

  3. We are ROFL after listening to the Jack Buck audio clip with Jonathan Winters, aka Whip Willis! Cards announcer just referred to the Barney Schultz interview and I stumbled upon your site; thanks for the laugh!

  4. Carol!

    You're welcome, although I wasn't the original one who posted it on YouTube.

    Please let me know if you ever find the Barney Schultz interview, which is the only rival to Whip Willis in Cardinals' lore for funniest broadcast event.

    Or better yet, help me upload it. I have it somewhere on cassette tape, but have no idea how to post it online.

  5. Didn't they also use "We built this city" one year?