A pair of jam-inclined rock bands touring through St. Louis on Wednesday night paid tribute to the unlikely fight song behind the just-crowned Stanley Cup champions.
As Stereogum points out, Vampire Weekend and Phish put their own spins on "Gloria," the Italian disco-pop song Laura Branigan turned into a No. 2 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1982. If that sounds like a random rallying cry for the NHL's St. Louis Blues, well, that's because it is (Branigan, who died in 2004, was from New York). Back in January, a few Blues players were watching an NFL game at a Philadelphia bar, where the DJ revved up the crowd by playing "Gloria" on repeat. The Blues made it their post-victory locker room celebration song and once the team went on a hot streak, the arena DJ caught on too. On Wednesday night, the Blues completed a fairytale season, going out to Boston and upsetting the favored Bruins to take home their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
Vampire Weekend and Phish caught on too. The former, who've made city-specific cover songs a habit on their current tour, opened up their encore Wednesday night at St. Louis' Fabulous Fox Theatre with this take on the song's first minute and a half:
And the ol' jam masters Phish, playing crosstown at the Chaifetz Area, covered "Gloria" with keyboardist Page McConnell singing lead:
All in all, a fitting victory celebration for the hometown while the Blues were celebrating their 4-1 victory out in Boston. They'll head back to St. Louis for a victory parade Saturday, where "Gloria" will presumably be heard many, many more times.