There's a song for every occasion, and that's true for Aggie football as well. Here's a little mix for this year's team, along with other SEC teams and some old Aggie opponents.
The Boss by James Brown (1973): This classic, with its wicked horn blasts, ought to blare from the Kyle Field speakers every time Garrett whips past a lineman and sacks the quarterback.
Lyrics: "I paid the cost to be the boss/Look at me, you know what you see?/You see a bad mother …"
Man, It's So Loud in Here by They Might Be Giants (2001): The eccentric duo's song is about a store-turned-nightclub, but it also fits for newcomers to Kyle Field. Opposing fans may not know what is going on when the yelling, arm motions and swaying starts: "They're all shouting something at us/Waving and pointing."
Lyrics: "Everyone is dressed so oddly/I can't recognize them/I can't tell the staff from the customers/Baby, check this out, I've got something to say/Man, it's so loud in here."
Fix You by Coldplay (2005): The bombastic ballad may be a little too on-the-nose for A&M's new defensive coordinator. Chavis is tasked with bringing the Aggie defense back from the conference basement, and perhaps even to its Wrecking Crew glory days.
Lyrics: "And the tears come streaming down your face/When you lose something you can't replace/When you love someone, but it goes to waste/Could it be worse?/Lights will guide you home/And ignite your bones/And I will try to fix you."
Lust for Life by Iggy Pop (1977): You never know what might come out of the freewheeling LSU coach's mouth. So the Iggy line "That's like hypnotizing chickens" isn't completely unreasonable.
Lyrics: "Well, I'm just a modern guy/Of course, I've had it in the ear before/'Cause of a lust for life."
Thought It Would Be Easier by Shelby Lynne (2000): We're just spitballing here. But when Strong took the Texas coaching job in 2014, and accepted all the hype and hooplah that goes with it, he probably didn't anticipate his team gaining 59 total yards in a bowl game.
Lyrics: "All I know today is that I can't stand it/This ain't how I planned it/I thought it would be easier."
Cruel by St. Vincent (2011): The dismissed Florida coach landed comfortably as Auburn's defensive coordinator. But surely he looks back wistfully at the missed opportunities in Gainesville. Cue the single tear …
Lyrics: "They could take or leave you/So they took you, and they left you/How could they be casually cruel?"
Hero Takes a Fall by The Bangles (1984): The commentator will no longer be part of ESPN's wrap-up show, College Football Final. After years of May sneering at A&M, there won't be many Aggies that miss him.
Lyrics: "Every story's got an ending/Look out — here it comes, here it comes/And I won't feel bad at all/When the hero takes a fall."
Kyle Allen and Christian Kirk
Furnace Fan by Robert Earl Keen (2003): In honor of A&M's recent recruiting pipeline to Arizona, we turn to the Aggie singer-songwriter. Allen and Kirk can tell their teammates about how hot it gets out in the desert, and then spark a passionate locker-room debate about dry heat versus humidity.
Lyrics: "I understand why lizards live in sunny Arizona/Why people do and call it home I'll never understand/It's hotter than a furnace fan out in Arizona/110 ain't nothing when you live out there you see."
Erotic City by Prince (1984): The Arkansas coach's bizarro description at SEC Media Days about beating Texas last year (calling it "borderline erotic") naturally brings to mind this naughty B-side from His Royal Badness.
Lyrics (very few of which are printable): "… So pretty you and me, erotic city come alive."
Longhorns and Aggies
We Can Work It Out by The Beatles (1965): Though there are stubborn fans (and officials) on both sides, a lot of us miss the rivalry. One lyric in particular — "Life is very short, and there's no time/For fussing and fighting" — rings true. Do you really want to go the rest of your life without an A&M-Texas game?
Lyrics: "Think of what you're saying/You can get it wrong and still you think that it's all right/Think of what I'm saying/We can work it out and get it straight, or say goodnight/We can work it out."