Scott Stapp: Didn't take the national anthem higher
What’s more painful to admit: being a fan of baseball’s mediocre Florida Marlins, or being a fan of music’s mediocre Creed?
How about both?
In what is one of the more puzzling unions, or perfect matches depending how you look at it, the MLB mid-carders have enlisted one of rock’s most reviled frontmen in Scott Stapp for a musical partnership. It debuted at the Marlins’ home opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this month when the singer butchered the national anthem.
It sounded just as terrible and overdramatic as you would imagine, made worse by the video where Stapp is decked out in a Marlins jersey that he tucked into his jeans like it was 1988. The version, at about 30 seconds too long, had many comparing it to Roseanne Barr’s disastrous “Star Spangled Banner” performance 20 years ago, but to be fair, it really wasn’t that bad. It was simply Scott Stapp being Scott Stapp.
Translation: just his very presence at the microphone annoys anyone with a modicum of taste in music, Pearl Jam fans who think he’s ripping off Eddie Vedder, Stone Temple Pilots fans who think he’s ripping off Scott Weiland and Alice in Chains fans who think he’s ripping off Layne Staley. Now, taking it one step further, he is ripping off himself.
The Marlins organization commissioned Stapp to compose a new “fight song” for the team, and it’s a doozy. Titled, “Marlins Will Soar,” the tune is a remake of Stapp’s “You Will Soar” from his much-maligned 2005 solo effort, The Great Divide.
First of all, a cursory check into the dictionary or any other sort of reference guide reveals that a marlin is actually a “saltwater game fish,” which means that it isn’t likely to do any soaring. So right off the bat, pun intended, Stapp is showing poor judgment, or a lack of time spent in aquariums or the zoo as a child. You’d think at the very least his management team would tell him that fish don’t fly.
“I was little apprehensive - I didn’t want it to be corny,” he told the Palm Beach Post. “I wanted it to be something the Marlins are proud of and to have a timeless feel to it.”
If by “timeless feel” he meant “sound like a bad attempt by a fast food chain to cash in on the current musical climate circa 1998,” than the song is a complete success.
The lyrics take corny to an entirely new level, with the singer warbling, “One strike, two strikes, swing away/A diving catch, a stolen base/A perfect game, a triple play.” There’s even a video that goes with it, where Stapp does his best Joe Cocker, over-enunciating and beating his chest – which is once again adorned with the tucked in baseball jersey.
When the song, which is slated to be played prior to the first pitch at every Marlins home game, hit the Internet late last week, it was immediately skewered. Surprisingly, it was the Florida media that was most derisive, while outlets in other MLB markets were content to simply snicker.
That’s not exactly delivering the inspirational and pumped up feeling for which the track was ostensibly recorded.
Last year, Creed tried to incite 90s nostalgia a bit too early with a reunion tour that was met with a resounding “meh” by fans around the country. The band often played to half-empty houses and slashed ticket prices on many dates. Like Limp Bizkit, it was the comeback from one-time chart toppers that everyone expected, but no one was ready or for that matter even wanted.
Stapp, who thankfully isn’t a Red Sox fan, is presently at work on his sophomore solo album while the rest of Creed is back in the much more palatable Alter Bridge, who will be on the road this fall in support of a third studio effort.