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St. Petersburg needs an official city song




The City of St. Petersburg has launched a contest for an official city song, an auditory logo whose catchy beat will undoubtedly make every listening ear immediately think of this fine city by the bay.

And while we are loath to take sides in any artistic contest, we'd just like to say that we're openly rooting for indie-ambient wunderkinds Blind Man's Colour to take the crown.

Yes, the Kanye West- and Pitchfork-approved duo of Kyle Wyss and Orhan Chettri have submitted a song for consideration. Wyss wrote The Sunshine City about downtown and a day downtown ending with a beach sunset.

"I thought this would be the next step," said Wyss, who plays guitar, piano and sings on the cut. "It's all about the lifestyle and tropical living and it has sort of a modern song structure."

Modern? Absolutely. How wild would it be if stodgy old St. Pete picks a bit of watery, Animal Collective-ish freak folk for its official city song? Hey, if the Flaming Lips can write Oklahoma's official state song, anything can happen.

For more, check out Steve Heisler's story about the contest here.

In the meantime, here are five more options for an official St. Petersburg city song:

1. Supergrass, St. Petersburg. "Set sail for St. Petersburg / Making use of my time / 'Cause in three days I'll be out of here / And it's not a day too soon." Bleak, but hey, you can't argue with the title.

2. We the Kings, Skyway Avenue. Although perhaps a song about jumping off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge might not be the best image for the city.

3. Robyn Hitchcock, St. Petersburg. "In St. Petersburg in the night / Where the light shines down on the snow." Okay, maybe he's talking about the OTHER St. Petersburg.

4. Bob Dylan, Dusty Old Fairgrounds. A song about carnies traveling north from Tampa Bay on the fair and festival circuit is an intriguing concept, but if Dylan knew his local geography, he'd know that Gibsonton, and not St. Petersburg, would have been the better lyrical choice.

5. Jewel, Sometimes It Be That Way. "St. Petersburg is / A miserable town / And I'm sorry / If I am bringing you down." Well, surely someone here can do better than THAT.

-- Jay Cridlin and Steve Heisler, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:14pm]


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