Do they know it’s Aaron Rodgers Day? 5 tribute songs for 12/12/12
Thanks to some zany synchronicity between the Gregorian calendar and a certain Green Bay Packers’ jersey number, today, 12/12/12, has been declared “Aaron Rodgers Day.” (No, seriously, it was actually declared.) But to paraphrase Bob Geldof’s soaring tribute to the plight of ’80s Ethiopia: “Do they know it’s Aaron Rodgers Day?” In case your friends and neighbors are unaware of this unlikely holiday, The A.V. Club scoured YouTube for some ridiculous and semi-listenable A-Rod tribute songs.
“Aaron Rodgers Rock And Roll”
Sample lyric: “Aaron Rodgers rock and roll / rock on to that Super Bowl.”
The great Eddy J. Lemberger is no stranger to novelty songs—one glance at his website reveals tracks like “Brett Favre Boogie!,” “Lambeau Limbo,” “Barack’s Our Man!,” and “I Love My Oprah Blues.” But the peppy “Aaron Rodgers Rock And Roll” is clearly Lemberger’s masterpiece, and even comes complete with a uncomfortably sexy spoken word section around the :55 mark. If you thought Elvis’ “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” was the high-water mark for talking in the middle of a song, think again.
“Dear Aaron Rodgers…”
Sample lyric: “Oh, Aaron Rodgers / you had me from the first pass. / Hail Mary straight to Jordy Nelson / he scored that touchdown in a flash.”
Way back in January, we blamed the Packers’ playoff loss to the Giants on the newly crowned Miss America. Before winning the pageant, Kenosha native Laura Kaeppeler said “If you’re watching, Aaron Rodgers, call me,” clearly distracting the otherwise unflappable quarterback from his quarterbacking duties. We weren’t the only ones who cried foul: Two nice young women took to YouTube to record a song dedicated to “all of the women who have ever fallen in love—specifically with Aaron Rodgers.” You go, girls.
“Aaron Rodgers Seems Alright”
Sample lyric: “We don’t have any defense / or a really decent coaching staff. / What we have is a ray of light / don’t even worry ’cause Aaron Rodgers seems alright.”
It may be hard to remember, but there was a time when Aaron Rodgers was just another anonymous backup QB who couldn’t possibly fill the Crocs of that other dude who used to throw the ball for us. The fizzy, impossibly upbeat “Aaron Rodgers Seems Alright” by The Replicates captures that pre-Super-Bowl moment when the best thing you could say about Rodgers was that he was a “decent arm on a decent guy.”
Sample lyric: “Turn heads ’cause he’s ballin’ / critics is gonna hate but all opponents keep fallin’.”
The sheer awesomeness of Aaron Rodgers can lead to a lot of things: irrational love, irrational anger, and irrational dude-hugs. It can also lead to a group of rappers—in this case, Blaze1, Mistah Fab, and J. Pigg—cranking out a high-octane tribute to their favorite MVP. “Turnt Up” has plenty of lyrical diversions, especially when Mistah Fab talks about clutching his “balls of steel,” but make no mistake: this one’s all about #12.
“The Aaron Rodgers Song”
Sample lyric: “Oh shit, it’s Monday night / I’m about to take the snap and I’m looking at the defense. / I’m scared, scared. / What do I do? / I’ll hook a down pattern to a Donald Driver touchdown.”
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