Entrance Music Ripoff of the Week: #7 – Jeff Jarrett (9/28/2011)

Okay, I know I said I wouldn’t do the obvious ones, but this one this week is so blatant, it’s worth noting how little WCW tried.  What really amazes me is where the similarities continue…

Yep.  Jeff Jarrett.  That was his 8th theme in WCW.  No, that’s totally not excessive or anything.  And unless you found a way to avoid radios throughout the late 90’s/early aughts (like literally, 1999-2001), you know it’s Kid Rock’s “Cowboy”.

So yeah.  You’d think that’s about it.  That guitar distortion “whine” sound, the palm-muted strumming… all recreated and looped like it was sampled from the song itself.  What the hell, Puffy was doing it back then… why not?

Then I started thinking more about Jarrett, and about Kid Rock, and how similar they were in my eyes.  Back when they were at their peak, they were untouchable, and people loved them.  They both always seemed to have good intentions in sticking with their roots (the Jarrett family legacy, country music), no matter how warped it turned out.  Kid Rock had tons of ties to wrestling as well, with his music used and performances (American Badass Taker and Wrestlemania 25 notwithstanding).

Both lost dear, close friends and co-workers around the same time (Owen in ’99, Joe C. in ’00).  Both were associated with large-breasted blonde chicks for a while.  Both made regrettable decisions shortly after their peak (being a part of late WCW angles for Jarrett, “Picture” with Sheryl Crow for Kid Rock).  I’m sure I could keep going on, but let’s be honest.  Right now, no one wants to really admit we like either of them for fear of our reputation.  But you’d be lying if you didn’t know all the words to “Bawitdaba” or laugh any time Jarrett added the word “slap” to a part of your genitalia back in the day.  We all did.

-Bryan

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