Songs that marching bands should play

'52 Girls'?

My friend went to high school in the same Arizona town where Jimmy Eat World got its start playing in bowling alleys. A few years later, after "The Middle" was grating on everyone's nerves, she heard the Berkley marching band play the song during halftime. While the thought of this instantly makes me cringe, I'll admit that some songs were simply made for marching bands.

1) "I Zimbra" — Talking Heads, Fear of Music: The Talking Heads stopped making sense with the Swahili lyrics, but the song's dance-inspiring tribal drumming calls for the synchronized head-wagging and walking in place that marching bands train hours for.

2) "Spottieottiedopaliscious" — OutKast, Aquemini: Damn, this track's trumpets would make for some serious stadium sex. Y'all go on and marinate on that one for a minute.

3) "King of Carrot Flowers, Pts. 2 & 3" — Neutral Milk Hotel, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea: Cathartic cymbals, horns and drums necessitating a night game with a halftime laser show.

4) "Rudie Can't Fail" — the Clash, London Calling: Any touchdown dance could benefit from the playful reggae horns.

5) "52 Girls" — the B-52's, The B-52's: A kooky choice, but so are most marching bands' outfits.

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