Now that winter is over, many high school athletes will try to throw strikes on the baseball field instead of the bowling alley. However, they will be trying to miss wooden cylinders rather than knocking them down.
Since strikes are so big in both sports, here are ten songs to listen to while watching either. Each one has the word “strike” in its title.
“Bigmouth Strikes Again” by the Smiths: “Sweetness, I was only joking when I said I’d like to smash every tooth in your head,” Morrissey sings to open this gem from the Brit new wave band’s best album, The Queen Is Dead.
“When Johnny Strikes up the Band” by Warren Zevon: Most people overlook this classic because of the other hits from Excitable Boy, such as “Werewolves of London,” “Lawyers, Guns and Money,” and the title track.
“Lightning Strikes” by Lou Christie: This pop tune became the singer’s biggest hit, showcasing his high tenor in the powerful chorus.
“When the Hangover Strikes” by Squeeze: Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook had written plenty of songs about drinking, but none describes its after effects like this bluesy number from Sweets from a Stranger.
“Strike Zone” by Loverboy: Long after the band peaked with “Working for the Weekend,” they still managed to put out a few quality singles like this one.
“Clown Strike” by Elvis Costello: Part of one of the punker’s feistiest comeback albums, this tune helped propel Brutal Youth to the top ten among Declan McManus’ best.
“Underdog World Strikes” by Gogol Bordello: The modern avant garde artist included this title track on the album that was boosted by “Start Wearing Purple.”
“Hunger Strike” by Pearl Jam: Eddie Vedder and band famously covered this single made popular by the band Temple of the Dog.
“Last Day of the Miners Strike” by Pulp: Jarvis Cocker penned this tune which was never released until the band’s Hits compilation album.
“Striking Matches” by Squeeze: The Brit new wavers strike twice on this list, as this tune from Babylon and On closes out the tenth frame.