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Cee Lo Green adds NFL football theme song singer to resume

Cee Lo Green is a busy busy man. CREDIT: AP

Cee Lo Green is a busy busy man. CREDIT: AP

Atlanta’s Cee Lo Green is nothing if not taking advantage of that delightful “F-You” song he wrote a couple years ago that became a surprise, massive hit (censored for radio into “Forget You.”)

I just saw the flamboyant singer in a screening of the Whitney Houston/Jordin Sparks movie “Sparkle,” which comes out this weekend. He guest starred on Cedric the Entertainer’s “Soul Man” on TV Land last week. On Friday, he is introducing a new non-profit organization Greenhouse Foundation focused on education kids about the environment at his old elementary school in Atlanta. “The Voice” on NBC  returns next month with Green as a judge. And he’s working on a Vegas show for early next year.

Now AP reports that he is now taking over NFL Network’s “Thursday Night Football” theme song. He’ll be singing, not a rap or soul song, but a classic alternative rock song “Blitzkrieg Bop” by the Ramones. Football fans will be able to contribute videos of themselves singing the chorus.

‘‘I’m definitely a Ramones fan,’’ Green told AP.  ‘‘Punk rock is like pots and pans, like making something out of nothing, which is what hip-hop is as well. And both of them early on in their humble beginnings were alternative music. … And therefore it’s an alternative to the Faith Hill rendition, the Hank Williams rendition and any other one that we’ll co-exist with.”

And he gives a shout out to the Falcons: “I’m a definitely a Dirty Bird, man, to the death of me,’’ Green said.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

12 comments Add your comment

Fred ™

August 15th, 2012
4:34 pm

You have to admit Rodney, F-you IS a catchy tune. I was wow’ed the first time I heard it. It has that old time Motown feel and a catchy melody. Unfortunately Cee lo has taken down the original video (and kept up the big money produced one). I first heard it when it came out and before it gained traction.

If his NFL song is even half as good it will be great. I like seeing Atlanta folks do well.


August 15th, 2012
5:04 pm

I’m with Fred

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August 15th, 2012
9:41 pm

NFL Monday Night “BLOW OUT” Football. Where the game is over by half time. I stopped watching it over 3 years ago. Every damn year, Rams and 49ers, Rams and 49ers, Rams and 49ers. Who gives a squirrel except maybe the west coast! I just hope they don’t have any more idiot singers bananaing up the National Anthem. Sing it as it is supposed to be sung and not like one of your “sounds the same” R&B songs you hear on the radio. Is it Hockey season yet?


August 16th, 2012
6:46 am

@War Eagle – Great diatribe on Monday Night Football! …Unfortunately, the story is about CeeLo doing the opening theme music for NFL Network’s THURSDAY NIGHT games.

Try to keep up. :D

Pippy Short Stockings

August 16th, 2012
7:34 am

Cee Lo has the smallest hands I have ever seen on a grown man in my life.

Chad Johnson

August 16th, 2012
7:40 am

Can I sing backup for you, Cee-Lo?

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August 17th, 2012
5:51 pm

I love it. Great choice for a song…it’s relevant to the current generation of fans, not to mention the next gen. Can’t wait to hear Cee-Lo’s rendition…it seems right up his ally, anyway.


August 18th, 2012
1:55 pm

I love cee-lo’s work, his voice is sooo different and he’ll be around for a long time…