This Week in Milford

October 10, 2017

Rock The Fight Song


We certainly didn’t cover much ground in today’s strip which causes me to ask why, if he is sincerely adamant in his refusal to sing, Rick (or as he is endearingly and dehumanizingly referred to as ‘No. 71’) is already standing under the hamburger sign?

Obligatory video:



  1. OK, this story doesn’t intrigue me in the least, but a glimpse of the Milford fight song does. Rubin is going to let me down with a narration box that says “the fight song is sung” or something of course, but for now… he has my attention.

    Comment by billytheskink — October 10, 2017 @ 7:42 am

  2. “Sing, Sing, Sing?” Is this going to be Nick Soto or Benny Goodman? But don’t be fooled– Rubin is building the suspense before we see Nick either forget the words or launch into “On, Wisconsin.”

    Comment by vaganova — October 10, 2017 @ 7:57 am

  3. Cachty tune, sing,sing ,sing. Little short
    On the lyrics though.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — October 10, 2017 @ 8:02 am

  4. With Goodman, Red Ballard, Harry James, Jess Stacy, and Gene Krupa, you don’t need lyrics. Especially with Krupa accenting the three with the tom-tom. Masterpiece.

    Comment by vaganova — October 10, 2017 @ 8:38 am

  5. Obligatory musical interlude:

    Comment by timbuys — October 10, 2017 @ 8:42 am

  6. Poor cloudy-eyed Rick, staggering around The Bucket, can’t remember the lyrics to his own fight song, his teammates taunting him mercilessly. Oh, if only he’d listened to Wise Uncle Gary!

    Comment by John S. Walters — October 10, 2017 @ 9:09 am

  7. Bravo, timbuys, “Rock the Casbah” just absolutely rocks from beginning to end and is one of my favorite videos. The Clash, heavily endorsed by Pete Townshend, was a VERY underrated rock group. RIP, Joe Strummer.
    And vaganova, I was thinking the exact same thing in P3. I saw a picture of Benny Goodman performing “Sing, Sing, Sing” at your local friendly auditorium and the ladies were whipped up in such a frenzy, they virtually mobbed Goodman, like he was one of the Fab Four. He was clinging to his clarinet for dear life. Naturally, the other band members, including Krupa, were stunned. Thankfully, nobody got hurt and security was beefed up on the next gig. Good video on “Sing, Sing, Sing” too, timbuys.

    We’re at The Bucket and Rick is about to perform an encore for “Rock the Casbah”, accompanied by all these Arab nouveaux riches who prance and dance the Funky Chicken around the booths and on the
    tables of zit-infested teenagers, a few with “M” on their jackets while Paul Simonon, duplicating his feat off the “London Calling” album cover, smashes his bass on the counter, barely missing the ice cream fountain, all the while, the armadillo runs around the floor frightening the hell out of all the customers, lands in the ice cube container, wallows in glee before being whisked away by one of the waitresses and manages to escape out the back door, then…Ummmmmmm, no.

    Today’s headline from the Milford Enquirer

    “O. J. Caught Dancin’ and Goin’ to Town in front of an Oil Derrick on ‘Rock the Casbah'”.
    sub headline
    “O. J.: ‘This’ll Help Get Caught Up On My Lawyer Fees”.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — October 10, 2017 @ 9:33 am

  8. “I mean, I’ve got a six-figure deal after that rendition at The Bucket. Now you don’t wanna let down your Uncle Gary, do ya? Course not. After that eye medicine wears off, you oughta be comfortably numb before the New Thayer gig.”

    “Gil, what is that thing in our bed????”
    “Idaknow, Mimi(puts on his boxers)…OMG, it’s an armadillo!!! How’d that wind up in Milford? Quick, Mimi, call the Milford Animal Control 24-Hour Line!!!! I’ll try to steer it to the closet.”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — October 10, 2017 @ 9:52 am

  9. Thanks, timbuys, for posting the Goodman. That was possibly the greatest swing band ever put together.

    Comment by vaganova — October 10, 2017 @ 9:55 am

  10. Fun fact about “Sing, Sing, Sing”, the song was written and recorded by Louis Prima:

    The Benny Goodman version is obviously way more prominent, but Louis “The Lip” Prima was no slouch!

    It’s possible that this youtube “video” uses a later recording, maybe from the 50s. I’ll keep looking and see if I can find the 1936 recording of “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)” by Loius Prima and his New Orleans Gang.

    ETA: I think this is the 1936 version:

    The later version certainly incorporated elements of the Goodman arrangement.

    Comment by nedryerson — October 10, 2017 @ 10:56 am

  11. Milford’s fight song:
    Bonfires bond us, we’ll never give up
    When rivals near us, we yell out “Ease up!”
    Mudlarks, Mudlarks, Milford’s pride
    Bucket, Bucket, fries at side
    Kick the mud at them, oh what a lark
    Don’t go driving after dark
    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay MILFORD!

    (Unchanged since 1957)

    Comment by Andrew Leal — October 10, 2017 @ 12:59 pm

  12. I love it, Andrew! The tune is that of the Notre Dame Victory March, no? The dramatic diminuendo, the unexpected quiet verse, should I think come on “Kick mud at them, oh what lark, Don’t go driving out after dark!”

    My high school stole the Princeton alma mater, with new lyrics, but the fight song was to the tune of “On Wisconsin!” The school where I later worked adopted the Notre Dame fight song, and included the improvised lyric “You bring the vodka, I’ll bring the rye,” ending with “While the loyal faculty lies drunk on the barroom floor.”

    Comment by vaganova — October 10, 2017 @ 2:15 pm

  13. ned points out that the Goodman version was not the original and that he did not write it. It goes back to 1936, though Goodman’s 1938 recording at Carnegie Hall is perhaps the mostly widely heard. I still cannot believe that swing “went out,” to be followed by the letdown known as jump blues which is often confused with swing. But it’s a matter of economics– putting together twenty or more musicians at the absolute top of their game who are still willing to sacrifice individual stardom for overall effect is fabulously expensive.

    Comment by vaganova — October 10, 2017 @ 2:23 pm

  14. Milford fight song = “we are the second place in the Valley victors” sung to the tune of U of Michigan fight song…

    Comment by franku2016 — October 10, 2017 @ 3:05 pm

  15. High schools have fight songs? Who knew?

    Comment by hitorque — October 10, 2017 @ 3:12 pm

  16. Great fight song Andrew. Makes me want to unscrew my face mask and spit in Bronco Nagurski’s face. Then run like hell.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — October 10, 2017 @ 9:05 pm

  17. I’m partial to this version myself.

    Comment by teenchy — October 11, 2017 @ 3:52 am

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