The Brett Favre Experience: A Multimedia Extravaganza
As I was driving the other day, I heard a song that really reminded me of Brett Favre. I wondered if I could come up with a 20-song playlist that would reflect the Brett Favre Experience. Of course I could! You can see it below (interspersed with some football videos for context).
The Pre-Packer Years
As you can see from the picture on the right, Favre was pretty much a hayseed, hence my first track, "Cotton Eyed Joe" by rednex. For his short time with the Falcons, I picked "Zero" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I think these lyrics are perfect:
What's your name?
No one's going to ask you
Better find out where they want you to go
Try and hit the spot
Get to know it in the dark
Get to know it whether you're
Crying, crying, crying, oh, oh
Can you climb, climb, climb higher?
Even Packer fans had no idea who this quarterback we traded for was.
The Early Packers Years
Of course, soon we'd never forget Favre. Now, it's easy to remember the bitter end, but I thought "Your Song" (I chose the Ewan McGregor version) was a nice way to remember the start:
And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple but now that it's done
I hope you don't mind
I hope you don't mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you're in the world
It's hard to believe it, but that's how we felt about the guy. I chose Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" specifically thinking of the 1995 NFC Championship Game loss the Cowboys. We lost that game, but we all just knew the magical was going to happen - hence the obvious choice of Queen's "We Are The Champions" to represent the Super Bowl.
The Middle Years
While Packers loved him, I think the rest of the country didn't get Favre shoved down their throat until after the Super Bowl. Then we heard all about what a "big kid just having fun out there" he was. Can you tell I'm rolling my eyes? Anyway, to represent this period of the Favre Experience, I've got "Build Me Up Buttercup" by The Foundations. It's perfect not only because the video from There's Something About Mary features Favre and his "awesome" dancing, but also because lyrically, Favre really did build us up and then let us down in a quest for a second Super Bowl title, didn't he?
After that, I've got Santigold's "Unstoppable" in reference to his consecutive games streak, followed by John Denver's "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" and Lazlo Bane's "Superman", which I think of as Favre's often fatal desire to win the game all on his own.
The End of the Packers Era
The chorus of the Old 97's "Indefinitely" neatly sums up what Favre put the Packers through every season:
I don't mean no.
I don't mean maybe.
Even though he was starting to be a pain in the ass, we loved him. It was hard to say goodbye. Jeff Buckley's "Last Goodbye" summed up those conflicting feelings well:
This is our last goodbye
I hate to feel the love between us die
But it's over
Just hear this and then I'll go
You gave me more to live for
More than you'll ever know
But, like The Eagles' sang, "There's A New Kid In Town" and while Packers fans loved Favre, we also looked forward to what Aaron Rodgers could do.
The Break Up
Rilo Kiley's "A Man/Me/Then Jim" was actually the inspiration for this post because of these lyrics:
She said, "You can sleep upon my doorstep
You can promise me indifference, Jim (editor's note: or Brett :)
But my mind's made up
And I'll never let you in again"
For the slow fade of love
It might hit you from below
It's your gradual descent into a life you never meant
It's the slow fade of love
I haven't heard a better way to describe my feelings about Favre in the summer of 2008 than as the "slow fade of love". That's exactly right.
As for Favre, like The Baby's sang, he was "Back On My Feet Again" in New York City.
When Favre signed with the Vikings, that was it for Packer fans. We were over. Favre didn't get it. But I think our feelings were perfectly captured in Ben Folds Five's "Smoke":
You keep on saying the past is not dead
Stop and smell the smoke
You keep saying the past is not even past
You keep saying ...
We are smoke ... smoke ... smoke
I think of this song and then think about all of the Packer fans burning their Favre jerseys on giant bonfires. Smoke indeed.
The Heavy's "How Do You Like Me Now?" refers to both Packer fans who hate Favre and Vikings fans who've embraced him. Oh how the world turns.
But, the more things change, the more they stay the same as Britney Spears' "Ooops I Did It Again" neatly shows. Yep, we all say that interception in the NFC Championship Game coming. :)
Favre claims this is his last year, but we'll see about that. It may be, but I'm sure he'll string the Vikings along a little bit, which is why Henry Rollins' "Liar" seems appropriate.
The final two songs on the Brett Favre Experience playlist reflect how I feel about the future relationship between Favre and the Packers will be like. First, I added Matthew Sweet's "You Don't Love Me". I think the fact that he's not immediately re-embraced by Packer fans will come as a shock to Favre:
What a beautiful moment, the truth comes out at last.
Once your heart would own me forever, then this passed.
And what a beautiful moment, as my head comes apart.
Drunk, and in a manner of saying, wasted.
'Cause you don't love me, you don't love me.
You can't see how I matter in this world,
even though I love you, you can't believe that.
If you find something you think might make you happy
then I guess it's OK, I think it's OK
if you go away.
Blown right out of my senses, I did not know know what to do.
Lost, and badly wanting someone to see me through.
That's why I needed you.
Finally, I ended with what may be Favre's future redemption song, The Avett Brother's "Shame":
Okay so I was wrong about
My reasons for us fallin' out
Of love I want to fall back in
My life is different now I swear
I know now what it means to care
About somebody other than myself
I know the things I said to you
They were untender and untrue
I'd like to see those things undo
So if you could find it in your heart
To give a man a second start
I promise things won't end the same
Posted by kris at August 22, 2010 05:42 PM
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|# August 22nd, 2010 8:09 PM themandownthehall|
|Good Grief. I want that last 4:21 back... I didn't think he'd stay retired. Not yet. At least this and next year. Yes, despite what he says, he won't leave next year either. I think the Lions are going to try to get him! :p |
|# August 23rd, 2010 6:39 AM cherlynda|
|Fantastic job...but he will probably come literally crawling back after all the injuries he will get this year. |
|# August 23rd, 2010 9:06 AM BVBigBro|
|I won't believe he's going to retire until I've seen him in a Raiders uniform. |
|# August 23rd, 2010 9:26 AM kris|
|Actually, I really think this is it and I also think that if the season starts to go south for the Vikings he might actually retire before the end of it. There's no way he's going to be QBing a 5-10 team in Week 17. |
|# August 23rd, 2010 9:31 AM BVBigBro|
|He'll never officially quit in the middle of a season. |
|# August 23rd, 2010 9:34 AM kris|
|He'll get "hurt" and who can blame him. It's in everyone's best interests for him NOT to QB if they're not going anywhere - he can save his legacy and his body and the Vikings can figure out if one of their crappy QBs is a long term answer. |