The Detroit Tigers will face off tonight against the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series. Will those Bay Area brawlers take down our Motor City maulers? It's not just a baseball game -- it's a culture war between yoga-bending, chowder-slurping West Coast softball fans and the down home, beer-drinking, kielbasa-noshing spirit of a true Tigs lover.
The outcome of Game 1 isn't assured. But we've already beat San Fran where it counts --in the battle for geographical music superiority. San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury may have once been synonymous with the hippie, free love movement of the 1960s. But in terms of songwriting ability and long-lasting historical relevance, we'd argue that Motown's racial and political significance outlasts that of San Fran. Plus, let's get real, nobody wants to dance to Starship.
They've got 4 Non Blondes. We've got a couple of non-blondes called The Supremes. They claim Linda Ronstadt. We get Aretha Franklin singing the National Anthem at Comerica Park's Game 5. E-40 was good, but Eminem is better. The Steve Miller Band still wakes up every morning wishing they could write songs like Bob Seger. The ode to their city is "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" -- we've got this little ditty called "Detroit Rock City." Point, Detroit. And yeah, Journey formed in the Bay Area, but their best song is set in the Motor City (even if "South Detroit" is entirely made up), so we kind of get them too. Really, San Fran, when you have to trot out Huey Lewis & The News, it's not even a question where the heart of rock & roll still beats.
So plug in your headphones and get ready to cheer on the Tigs to a gritty Motor City victory with our Eat 'Em Up Tigers playlist on Spotify. We picked 24 hard-hitting tracks by Detroit artists we love.. and a few anthems from out-of-towners that scream Motown pride. Are we missing one of your favorite jams? Leave us your song in the comments, and let's build a soundtrack to the Tigers' taking the World Series for the first time since 1984!
UPDATE: 3:30 p.m. -- Our pals over at HuffPost SF have made a stab at trying to prove the Bay Area's musical superiority. If you must, listen to the music San Francisco has to offer -- we trust you'll be back.