Everyone knows I’m a Jayhawk. I left town for four years to get my degree from KU. Everybody also knows I’m a huge KU basketball fan.
Unlike some others, I don’t consider our in-state rival K-State a real “rival” (there are other teams in the Big XII I hate far more), but KU and K-State do play tonight, and in light of that I decided to make a post about Sandstorm.
See, KU prides itself on it’s storied, tradition-bearing basketball program. One way that manifests itself is that when they play at home in Allen Fieldhouse, the music is basically all provided by the pep band, which is unlike most other basketball venues which also pump music in, usually some kind of ridiculous Jock Jam. The most hilarious and ridiculous one that gets played is Sandstorm, by Darude. It’s hilarious and ridiculous because it’s such a crowd pleaser in that environment, and because they always play it when K-State is making some kind of run, and then KU always wins anyway. Usually.
Really though what I’m wondering is how Sandstorm came to be a Jock Jam in the first place. Sandstorm, which should have been like any other early 00s acid trance track, is a thing. I mean, it’s actually a pretty banging track for what it is, but it’s been co-opted as a Jock Jam and now it’s kind of a joke as far as EDM goes.
I mean, why Sandstorm? Why not Blood is Pumping by Voodoo and Serano?
Why not Higher State of Consciousness by Josh Wink?
Actually, I’ll tell you why not that one. Because back in the Subculture days, Higher State was known as the “make your ears bleed” song. So yeah, none of that being pumped into the Coliseum.
I guess there was one other that made it to pseudo jock jam status: Zombie Nation.
Anyway, hi, yes, this is a post about acid trance tracks that became jock jams. You’re welcome and Rock Chalk.