Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Hockey Night Officially Breaks Up

It's official. What the rumor mill has been buzzing about has finally occurred: Hockey Night has broken up. With the strange events leading up to the news, like the mysterious leaving of three members and the signing to DFA, this doesn't really come as a surprise.

But frontman Paul Sprangers released a statment to Daytrotter today, who reported this:

"The bearers of bad news, we hate to be them, but this bad news is laced with sugar and sunshine, we assure you. One year ago this week, the slap-happy, goodtime homies Hockey Night were by. We were rushed and they produced one of the most smashing pieces of fun we've assembled for you. There were burger baskets and chuckles all around. Paul Sprangers informed us Monday night that Hockey Night is no longer a real thing, but now joins the ranks of mythology. He and fellow guitarist Scott Wells are forging on with the blazing guitar shenanigans, but they'll be doing it with a different cast of characters. 'It was a long time coming,' Sprangers said. 'I realized I didn’t want to continue on the way we were going. We were operating under that indie rock idea where it was fun and everybody's buddies. We just want to do it right and we couldn't get things done.' Sprangers said that DFA Records — run by Tim Goldsworthy and James Murphy (the latter of LCD Soundsystem) — has signed the pair to continue on. They’re planning on releasing some 12-inch singles in the fall and being all dope under a new name."

In honor of this sad day, here are a few of my favorite Hockey Night songs throughout the span of time, as well as a Sean NA NA song that I dedicate to the HN.

Keep Guessin':
Download: Hockey Night - "For Guys' Eyes Only"
Download: Hockey Night - "Renegades"
Download: Hockey Night - "Grim Break"

Rad Zapping:
Download: Hockey Night - "Battlestar Scholastica"
Download: Hockey Night - "Princess Starcrystal"
Download: Hockey Night - "Syle Raiders"

Dedication Download: Sean NA NA - "Third Life"

Like a phoenix they'll rise again.

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(Ian Anderson)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

fuck that bullshit of signing only those two.
fuck hockey night for doing that, all their lyrics are all about love and shit. they are a fucking joke.

2:32 AM  
Blogger Ian said...

anyone else buzzin 'bout this?

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

totally fucking lame and i hope all the local media reporting on this mentions the fact that those assholes sprangers and wells totally pulled a josie and the pussycats move and sold out their friends. this was not amicable.

fucking bullshit.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Shane said...

I have to agree. I loved hockey night, but this is embarrassing. such a dick move. I really hope not every media outlet ignores the shadiness of all this.

12:28 PM  

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