Your 9.4.19 Playpen

With the first home game coming up (Welcome to Dooley Field!), I thought this was an appropriate time to address a topic someone requested a week or so ago, namely, how to build a better tailgate music experience.

Now, to each his own on musical tastes, so I’m not gonna spend time here giving you specific advice about which songs work and which don’t (although don’t let me stop some of you from doing that in the comments), but rather, I’ll share some general advice about making your tuneage work for you.  (Those of you who still tailgate on North Campus can disregard the rest of this post, sadly.)

First of all, as a multi-year tailgate veteran in charge of bringing the noise, I can tell you that it all starts with the delivery system.  Don’t kid yourself — making the greatest mix tape/playlist in the history of Georgia football means little if your group can’t hear it.  If you’re surrounded by other tailgaters, odds are that’s going to be an issue.

It’s taken some trial and error, but for me, as I’ve posted before, this baby is flat out the bomb.

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It’s also $899, so I get it if you don’t get it.  In any event, find something everyone can hear and that has enough battery power to last several hours.  There’s nothing worse than a boombox that dies halfway through your Cocktail Party tailgate.

Next, regardless of how you source your material, make sure you can present it in a way that involves a minimal amount of fiddling.  You don’t want to be a slave to the music, constantly having to pick out songs, instead of… well, tailgating.  I’m old school, relatively speaking, so I’ve still got my trusty 160GB iPod Classic as my music source.  I’ve got several gameday playlists organized on it in time segments I can mix and match, depending on the length of a given tailgate.  (I’ve also got a 90-minute playlist for the drive up and another for the drive back, but that’s for another day.)

If you’ve go the Bluetooth route through your phone to supply songs, there are options like Spotify that should work.  (Again, those of you who do it that way, share your tips in the comments.)

As for what goes into a successful mix, consider your audience.  By that, I mean your tailgating group.  (And if I may digress for a moment, there is nothing ruder than that person who brings a ginormous PA system capable of blanketing an entire parking lot with ear-splitting music and proceeds to prove it; for some reason, that person also tends to have shit for musical taste.  Don’t be that person, please.)

I’m lucky in that I’ve been tailgating with the same bunch for decades now.  I know what my folks like, so I build my lists in their direction.  There are also songs that, for better or worse, are associated by us with certain times and events we recollect.  It’s not so much that I’m trying to create a party on the dance floor as much as contribute to a mood; after all, we’re there getting ready to go see the Dawgs play.  Our mood is generally fueled by James Brown and The Rolling Stones, with the occasional Munson clip tossed in.  Your mileage will no doubt vary from that, but as long as it takes you where you want to go, your work will be done, my son.

Anyway, that’s about the sum total of my general wisdom on the subject.  If you’ve got specific questions, ask away.  If you’ve got your own set of suggestions, share ’em with us in the comments.

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57 responses to “Your 9.4.19 Playpen

  1. JCDawg83

    My comment would be; in a parking lot with 100 vehicles, 6 of which comprise your tailgate group, don’t be the guy with the speaker that blasts so loud that the other 94 vehicles and approximately 200 people are forced to listen to your music whether they like it or not.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      Or worse, be that douchebag DJ at Mitchell and Thomas Street blasting his bullshit into the North Deck.

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    • Blake Bowers

      +1. If you are the jerk that brings speakers like this to a tailgate, turn them towards all of your guests/tent. I can’t count the number of asshats who think we all wanna be deafened by your private concert while your guests are just chatting away inside your tent because your speakers are turned away from you.

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  2. Derek

    Spotify has at least one Redcoat Marching Band album which is an easy way to incorporate a game day theme into your playlist.

    What are some solutions people have for power at a tailgate? Both with and without a vehicle? In other words, how do you keep a tv playing for 6 to 10 hours without an electrical outlet? Is a generator the only answer?

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    • Reverend Whitewall

      My group doesn’t tailgate like we used to (kids, life, etc) but we used to use a marine battery with an inverter, we ran a satellite and tv off of it – not sure exactly how long it would last but I can’t remember it ever running out, even for night games when we started the tailgate in the mornings. The battery was heavy and of course you had to remember to charge it the night before, but no less convenient than dragging around a generator (plus much quieter).

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  3. MGW

    If anyone wants to put together a roving masked posse with bats and axes to go around destroying “that guy’s” systems, I’m all in.

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  4. Dawgflan

    Slightly off topic, but went to a diner with the kids over the weekend, and James Brown came on: From 1 to 8 years old, every one of them started bopping along. Bad dude, but the music is iconic.

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  5. Anyone have a recommendation on a TV/power setup? It sounds like a deep-cycle marine battery with an inverter is a cheaper (and more mobile) alternative to a generator. Do you just carry out a normal LED TV or do you modify it to have handles or something? I’m planning on using YouTube TV.

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    • Reverend Whitewall

      Sorry just saw this. I replied to Derek above – a marine battery with an inverter is what worked well for us, and I don’t remember it ever dying even tailgating for night games.

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      • Great, thanks! Why a marine battery (and not a car battery)?

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        • Tony Barnfart

          I use a marine battery too…….something about the fact that marine batteries are “deep cycle”. I’m not sure what it means, but it sounds serious and i think it basically means “lasts longer” when not being recharged by an engine.

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          • Haha, thanks! Yeah, looks like “deep cycle” means it’s intended to provide continuous power. Otherwise it’s designed to jump up, e.g. for a starter.

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            • ugafidelis

              Yep. Don’t just grab the first Marine battery you see, as they are not all created equal. Make sure it says, deep cycle/trolling.

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          • Anonymous

            “Deep cycle” means that the battery is designed to be taken to lower levels of discharge without damaging the cathode. Car batteries are simply designed to provide high levels of current for a short amount of time. Marine and Golf Cart batteries are designed to be taken below 50% charge on a regular basis while still lasting 5 years.

            The best things to get are AGM batteries designed for solar setups.

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  6. Corch Irvin Meyers New USC Trojans Corch (2020)

    I usually tailgate two of three times a year in the parking lot behind the admin buildings on Broad St, right off of South St. between Thomas St. and Jackson St. The parking is free (shhh… don’t tell McGarity!) and the people are usually pretty nice. I usually tailgate with my Bose Soundlink Mini and iPhone iTunes Tailgating Playlist cultivated from 3500 songs downloaded into my phone. The people around me usually compliment my mix, which is good old rock’n’roll from the 60’s through the 90’s. Basically everything from the Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin, the Stones, Black Sabbath, through to Aerosmith, Springsteen, Santana, the Doobies, some Metallica, Motley Crue, Michael Jackson, heavy on the REM, through to all the grunge I loved in middle and high school (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, STP), mixed with Hootie, DMB, Gin Blossoms, and even some of that old school 90’s rap and R&B like some Tupac, Coolio, and Snoop. My tailgating mix makes for a good time and more hours than could ever be in a tailgate. Put that bitch on shuffle and let the good times roll.

    I have a solar charger to keep my speaker and phone alive throughout.

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    • KornDawg

      What a list! Feel free to park by the East Campus Deck anytime.

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers New USC Trojans Corch (2020)

        Thanks! I forgot that there’s also a lot of Queen, AC/DC, Cream, Earth Wind and Fire, Guns N Roses, Tom Petty, and Foo Fighters in there, too.

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers New USC Trojans Corch (2020)

        Oh, and the outlaw country! Gotta have outlaw country at an SEC tailgate. Waylon, Cash, and Willie!

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        • KornDawg

          Yep, it keeps getting better. You got the new Tool worked in there yet? I keed, I get the feeling you’d get some strange looks with that one.

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  7. Mayor

    I asked this yesterday and didn’t get an answer. What does gen****us mean? I see it online all the time.

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  8. 3rdandGrantham

    FYI, the Soundbox was $100 off last year for black Friday, so if interested you could wait to save some cash. Also, if the pricetag is too high, I’d highly recommend the JBL Xtreme 2 portable bloothtooth speaker for around $200. Amazing sound and can really pump out the volume if needed, along with 15 hour batter life. Plus it’s waterproof and very rugged.

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  9. I would be afraid to know how many beers my Bose Soundlink Color II has watched me consume at bonfires, tailgates, and hanging out in my garage. I use my Amazon music app to create custom playlists. My wife shares the account so if my phone dies from excess bluetooth usage, we can switch to her’s. My latest and greatest playlist is titled “Hair Ballads” but I don’t think I’ll be using that one pre-game.

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  10. PTC DAWG

    I remember when a bucket of chicken and the pregame on the radio was all you needed. The hood of an old Buick to use as a table helped too. Simpler times.

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  11. lazinessisaskill

    Tailgating memories are great memories, music – Ray Charles,The Marvelettes, Roy Orbison and of course Elvis. Unfortunately our group “aged out” but my spousal unit and I still love to come to the games. This year the parking/shuttle bus from the Oconee Park-n-ride over to the stadium has been cut and so we are looking for a good alternative. Since we aren’t really able to hang out for five hours pre-game – – has there been an area designated for Uber similar to SunTrust so that we can use that as an alternative ?

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  12. Blinding Whiff

    Allman Brothers

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  13. Derek

    Add Lee Greenwood to the playlist and read this while you’re listening:

    https://www.apnews.com/63e7e47666914bf79eff7366e8eb411b

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  14. Jeff

    If you have a Spotify account, you can publish your playlist for others to enjoy. You can also invite others to collaborate on your playlist. Personally, a GTP playlist prepared by the Senator would be a real treat.

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  15. Mick Jagger

    No “Rocky Top”, “Iron Man”, “Eye Of The Tiger” or “Gator Country”, please. Also leave off “I Won’t Back Down”.

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers New USC Trojans Corch (2020)

      Excuse me, but Floriduh doesn’t own the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers classic song, “I Won’t Back Down.” As far as I’m concerned, but that band and their music is the best thing to over come from Jortsville.

      You better believe that song is on my playlist. Pretty sure Eye of the Tiger is, too, because come on, that funky bass line is amazing.

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      • Derek

        I agree with the Tom Petty side of this argument. He may have been a gator, but the music transcends that. Hell, I like petty even if he were a barner. That’s saying something. As I recall he was born in Valdosta so that should count for something too.

        Survivor blows….

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        • Corch Irvin Meyers New USC Trojans Corch (2020)

          Didn’t say I liked Survivor, but if you don’t like Eye of Tiger as a get your blood pumping song, or when watching Rocky III, something’s wrong with you. It’s been in the Tailgate Mix as well as my Workout Mix since I had an old Rio Mp3 player.

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  16. Mick Jagger

    Great song – however the Gators play it constantly. Maybe they should try “Free Falling” (or has Tennessee already claimed it?) LOL

    Ditto LSU and EOTT. Even their damn logo!

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  17. Mick Jagger

    Now the Redcoats playing “Paint It Black” – that’s inspiring!

    I see a red door and I want to paint it black…

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  18. Mark

    So, Senator, you’ve been at this blogging thing for a minute. About how long would you say it takes you to prepare and post the “average” entry to the blog?

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  19. MDDawg

    Do any of you guys ever listen to Drew Butler & Aaron Murray’s Punt & Pass Podcast? I don’t catch it very often, but my wife follows (stalks?) Aaron Murray on instagram and she reminded me about it yesterday. Apparently Butler had something to say about Finebaum because Pawwwwl dissed Murray last year for questioning Jeremy Pruitt’s head-coaching abilities. Just thought you guys might get a laugh out of that.

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    • Tony Barnfart

      Yea, I caught the backlash / didn’t age well version of that the other day. Finebaum saying “I don’t give a damn what Aaron Murray thinks” was just weird considering that guy brings absolutely zero to the table when it comes to analysis or anything below the mouth-breathing surface. WTH does finebaum know about football ? Murray, on the other hand, was one of the most successful college QBs of all time, made and competed on an NFL roster and is apparently knowledgeable enough to get a gig with CBS.

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  20. Texas Dawg

    Any list that does not include Clisby Clarke is an incomplete list

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  21. FlyingPeakDawg

    The true art of a Dawgs playlist is to not just have Munson clips, but to fade them in and out with a relevant tune. Sadly, this was easier in my dual cassette tape days (go ask your Dad if you don’t know what that is). Today I imagine there are apps that can do all sorts of sophisticated mixing…for which I have no clue. If anyone does this and can make a recommendation, please do so.

    Frankly, since I listen to sports talk radio mostly anyway, I’m listening to XM and Bulldog app pregame shows or listening / watching other games leading up to kick-off. #suckstogetold

    P.S. Going to my first Air Force Academy home game next month. Can’t wait to see the tailgating scene, cadet pageantry and of course the flyover.

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  22. Huntindawg

    Please post your playlist!!! Thanks.

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  23. Mark Hermes

    I didn’t check to see if this was already mentioned, but one point about using your cell phone on Bluetooth: silence your notifications. Email, text, and pop-up notifications run through the media channel and to the speaker. If you get any of those, they will interrupt the music. And if you silence them, then you won’t know you’re receiving a message. I prefer to use an old cell phone as a dedicated media player so I don’t have to worry about that issue.

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  24. Godawg

    I appreciate all great suggestions and advice. I will incorporate a lot in my tailgating going forward. Thank you Senator for responding to my request and creating a post to throw out to everyone. I apologize I wasn’t on here yesterday when you posted it but I took the day off to get a root canal. Ouch!

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