It's been, what, 2-and-a-half decades since "Rider Pride" was released? It's got that nostalgic late-80s/early-90s feel to it, but it's lost it's punch. Similarly "On Roughriders" conjures memories of early 60s fight songs, but is nearly ineffectual at stirring emotion. And "Green is the Colour" is all well and good, but it's not a Rider-specific song (it's the Chelsea FC theme, among others). I'd like the Riders to have a rousing anthem similar to the Boston Red Sox's "Tessie" (an old Broadway tune that was recently covered to great success by the Dropkick Murphys - they now play it in the stadium after every Red Sox win).
I'm not saying that it's THE anthem (it's more of an Irish drinking song, really) but it's an original contribution, regardless. What I think we need to STOP doing is changing the lyrics of classic rock songs so that they're about the Riders. In my opinion, that is simply taking two awesome things and combining them into one shoddy thing.
At any rate, let me know what you think. And feel free to contribute your own anthems!
PS - Grey Cup 2010, here we come, baby!
Although not a Rider song, Tina Turners' song "You're Simply the Best" which became connected to the John Gregory 1989 Rider champions was, in MHO, the most inspirational song that I can recollect about any Rider team. It has the same connotation for me, as the adhesive tape "rings" which the players wore that year as symbolic of the GC rings they planned on getting!
I loved that line "You're simply the best, better than all the rest" and I always will.
God i hated 1990 when they came onto to the field with that song on. I was embarrassed. 9-9 team that squeaked it out, and I am sorry, but that just ain't a football song. Personally, I just found it all too cheesy.