Tunnel Walk

It’s time to retire “Sirius.”

Yeah, I said it.

And I’ll say more: The Husker Tunnel Walk song is boring, tired and, yes, stolen.

I know Husker Nation loves tradition as much as football itself, but playing Alan Parsons Project’s synthesizer masterpiece isn’t even a classic Husker tradition like the Blackshirts or the sellout streak or the option of running to the truck at halftime for a quick beer.

Plus the Bulls did it first. We stole it.

Yes, the Huskers swiped “Sirius” from the Chicago Bulls, who famously used the song starting in 1990 to introduce Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and three other guys during their epic run of championships.

(Did I mention that the Kansas City Chiefs used it for a decade starting in 1989? And that WWF wrestler Ricky Steamboat did so in the '80s, too. Let that settle in for a second.)

I understand why Nebraska jumped on it. It was a great song that got people pumped, and it was symbolic of reaching the pinnacle of athletics during the mid-1990s. It makes sense the Huskers wanted to replicate it when they were having major success at the same time.

But back to my point: It’s not original.

And at this point, it’s tired. It’s played out. Be honest with yourself right now: It’s one of the most overplayed songs in sports.

We can do better.

At last weekend’s spring game, I was much more excited to see Scott Frost and his team take the field to Gary Clark Jr.’s version of “Come Together,” something new and fresh and exciting for a new era.

What could replace “Sirius”? This music critic pondered "Come Together" and 10 other options. (Can't see the songs? Click here)

Songs I didn’t pick

“Bodies,” Drowning Pool: I get the sentiment of “letting the bodies hit the floor,” but it’s way too aggressive for Memorial Stadium.

“Boom,” P.O.D.: “Here comes the boom?” Yeah, yeah. Fun chorus. But the rest of the song doesn’t really live up to that one part.

“Lose Yourself,” Eminem: I love the sentiment, but it’s too slow for the Tunnel Walk.

“Rock & Roll Part II,” Gary Glitter: Uh, Glitter spent time in prison for child sex offenses. No thanks.

“We Will Rock You,” “Enter Sandman,” “Thunderstruck,” “Crazy Train” and many, many others: Good songs, but they’re overplayed, especially at football games.

Reporter - Entertainment/music/concert

Kevin Coffey is the entertainment editor and critic, covering music, movies, video games, comic books and lots more. Follow him on Twitter @owhmusicguy. Phone: 402-444-1557.

Commenting is limited to Omaha World-Herald subscribers. To sign up, click here.

If you're already a subscriber and need to activate your access or log in, click here.

Load comments

You must be a full digital subscriber to read this article You must be a digital subscriber to view this article.