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Irish Insurgent Track Sneaked Into MNF Broadcast Hours After Queen’s Funeral; ESPN Claims Coincidence


Subversive disco? Subversive disco!

Popping out of a industrial break halfway by way of the third quarter of the Payments/Titans recreation, Monday Evening Soccer producers ran a section displaying a number of ESPN pundits predicting Buffalo would make it to the following Tremendous Bowl. The clip was accompanied by a cool, retro-sounding instrumental musical observe. 

Seems ESPN was enjoying a tarted-up and lyricless model of “The Foggy Dew.” There’s a narrative behind the music. That’s a century-old Irish folks tune, and one of the crucial revered and solemn of the insurgent songs to spring up from Eire’s struggle for independence from England. And right here it was, being performed on a nationwide community mere hours after the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. 

It’s sufficient to make you suppose any individual on the community wished to make an announcement. 

The standard tune, whose lyrics are typically attributed to a priest from County Antrim named Charles O’Neill, was written as a eulogy to the underarmed and overmatched Irishmen who flocked to Dublin in April 1916 to tackle, because the lyrics say, “Britannia’s huns with their long-range weapons.” The violent rebel, headquartered on the metropolis’s fundamental Submit Workplace, was quashed inside days by forces loyal to King George V, the grandfather of Queen Elizabeth II, and lots of distinguished Irish insurgent leaders had been subsequently killed by British firing squads.

Pattern couplet of tune written by O’Neill, who knew a number of of the martyred Irish rebels: “The world did gaze with deep amaze at these fearless males however few/Who bore the struggle that freedom’s gentle may shine by way of the foggy dew.”

The Easter Rising and its bloody aftermath introduced international consideration to the atrocities the British had lengthy been committing on the island, and sure hastened the formation of the free Irish republic that the rebels had fought and died for. But in alternate for the founding of the Republic of Eire, the UK and King George V claimed six Irish counties to kind a brand new nation, Northern Eire, so as to add to their empire. To today, as anyone who’s adopted the Brexit debacle is aware of nicely, Northern Eire stays below U.Okay. rule. Among the many oodles of evil strains within the king’s 1921 speech in Belfast celebrating the addition of Northern Ireland to his empire: “I enchantment to all Irishmen to pause, to stretch out the hand of forbearance and conciliation, to forgive and to neglect.” 

How ‘bout: Nah.

“The Foggy Dew” has gotten mainstream publicity by way of sports activities by way of the years. Former MMA supernova Conor McGregor, for instance, used Sinead O’Connor’s version of the struggle waltz as his ring entrance music on the peak of his profession. The Dublin man even imported the peerless Irish diva to sing it in individual at a 2015 UFC occasion in Las Vegas. The Seán Heuston 1916 Society, an Irish nationalist group based mostly in Dublin, blasted McGregor in 2015 as hypocritical for showing in public sporting a poppy, a flower that to the English has lengthy been a logo of remembrance of useless British troopers, whereas additionally utilizing a righteous insurgent tune so necessary to his countrymen as entrance music: “Comes out to 1916 tune ‘The Foggy Dew’ then wears a Poppy remembering the lads who fought to kill and suppress them and the beliefs they fought for.” 

McGregor’s response to his critics: “Fuck you and the queen.”  

Final yr on the Tokyo Olympics, Irish boxer Kellie Harrington additionally used “The Foggy Dew” as entrance music on the best way to successful a gold medal within the light-weight division.

And, sure, the tune even has a previous with NFL media. The instrumental model of “The Foggy Dew” utilized by MNF was recorded within the Nineteen Seventies by Sam Spence, a composer and arranger employed by NFL Movies in 1966. Spence’s rendition seems on a compilation of different tunes from the NFL music library used to soundtrack spotlight reels referred to as “NFL Decades: The Groovy ‘70s.” (Right here’s a clip from a classic NFL Movies documentary on Bill Walsh.) And “The Foggy Dew” confirmed up in a Bud Light TV ad commemorating the fiftieth Anniversary of the Tremendous Bowl in 2016—which was additionally the a centesimal anniversary of the Easter Rising that impressed the tune.

To anyone accustomed to the tune and its skill to fireside up the Irish, and making an allowance for all of the media protection the dying of King George V’s granddaughter has gotten the final couple weeks, it’d be arduous to cross off the selection of “The Foggy Dew” as a fluke. But, flukey is certainly how ESPN is describing the Irish insurgent tune/queen’s funeral nexus within the MNF telecast.  

Kevin Wilson, ESPN’s music director, didn’t return a request for touch upon using “Foggy Dew” on the day the queen was laid low. However an ESPN supply advised me that the section of Tremendous Bowl predictions that “The Foggy Dew” ran over was produced nicely earlier than recreation day. The package deal was initially conceived by community producers in the course of the season-opening Buffalo Payments–Los Angeles Rams recreation. The MNF manufacturing crew rightly predicted that the dominant efficiency would result in the Payments being a part of any Tremendous Bowl dialog when ESPN received the Payments for Week 2 of MNF, and determined to pre-produce a package deal round that. The tune used to soundtrack the section, the supply stated, was simply plucked out from the songs within the community’s music library whose licensing has been cleared for such use. And on the time the piece got here collectively, no one on the community even knew what date the queen’s funeral can be held, the supply stated. 

“It was a pure coincidence,” an ESPN spokesman stated.

Okay. So the thought for the MNF section that included “The Foggy Dew” got here the day the Payments vanquished the Rams. That was Sept. 8, 2022. Let’s see… Did the rest occur that day? Oh, proper. The queen died. 

Hmmm…

Subversive disco? Yeah, subversive disco.

Disclosure: The writer grew up listening to and singing “The Foggy Dew” a complete lot and the tune nonetheless fires him up.

H/t: Jeff



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