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    Tuesday, June 6, 2017

    #ThemeSongTuesday: Loaded with No More Words

    It's a beat any self-respecting Attitude Era fan knows by heart. Once the bass kicks in, you start grooving and think of death-defying leaps. Once the guitars come in, you imagine you have long, wavy hair you can't wait to whip back and forth. When the song comes together, it's that all-familiar rush as the tag team you grew up watching—and even imitating—takes the stage once again.

    That was the scene at WrestleMania 33, when the New Day surprised Enzo & Cass, The Club, and Sheamus & Cesaro—along with the rest of us—as they introduced the fourth team to compete for the RAW Tag Team Championships, the Hardy Boyz. Yes, complete with the "z" at the end that was so 90s.

    The song we've come to associate with the Hardys the most, "Loaded," is an instrumental track by Zack Tempest that makes use of a heart-pounding beat, a firm and groovy bassline, and hard guitar riffs that make it easy for anyone with two left feet to dance like Jeff Hardy.

    It's not the most groundbreaking song of all time, but it's become synonymous with the Hardys and their work as a tag team for the better part of the last two decades. Hell, it's their most recognizable theme music such that anyone who was ever a wrestling fan over the last 20 years will instantly associate the song with Matt and Jeff. Brother Nero said so himself on a recent episode of Talk Is Jericho, where he guested alongside Dean Ambrose, that the song has stuck with them for so long that he's already sick and tired of it. And yet, fans all over the world continue to pop as soon as that pulsating beat plays all over the arena.

    What not a lot of people remember is that Jeff Hardy actually had his own theme song as a singles star. Sacramento heavy metal band EndeverafteR took Zack Tempest's original composition, reworked it, and added vocals to come up with "No More Words," which the younger Hardy would use as his theme during his WWE main event run from 2008-2009.

    Notice the intro on "No More Words." It's pretty much a slightly rearranged version of "Loaded." The drums are less pulsating, but the heartbeat sensation is pretty much still there. The bassline isn't as funky, and the guitars are a bit more contained.

    And then lead singer Michael Grant's vocals come in and he starts to sound like Jeff Hardy does when he sings on a PeroxWhy?Gen track. It's part whiny, part sleepy, and part I'm-emo-so-don't-fuck-with-me-because-deep-inside-I'm-The-Patient-from-The-Black-Parade.

    The only redeeming part of "No More Words" is that sick guitar solo in the bridge, which is pretty much the only thing with spirit that the track maintains from the original "Loaded."

    Lyrically, you can see what they were going for with the song. It's pretty much about a guy like Jeff Hardy, who rarely has any time for words and just goes straight into the fight because it's put-up-or-shut-up time. In a way, it's appropriate given that mic work never really was Jeff's strong suit as a performer. The song's heavy metal edge also fits Jeff's personality and character well since it's pretty much akin to what he'd be in real life.

    Overall, it's a song that works, but if you really had to compare both tracks and pick just one, "Loaded" wins because of its nostalgia value and because it's just a better song all-around despite being an instrumental one from start to finish. "No More Words" isn't bad, but it also isn't a song that ages gracefully with time. While it is part of my iTunes playlist until now, I wouldn't be surprised if a few years down the road, I look at it and classify it as OBSOLETE. One last thing to do: DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!

    Photos from WWE


    Stan Sy (@_StanSyis the Editor at Large of Smark Henry, and is also an events host, a freelance writer, and one of the hosts of the Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast and The Wrestling Gods on FOX. He enjoys watching WWE, NXT, Lucha Underground, and the occasional New Japan match. He dresses up in fancy suits from time to time to book matches as PWR's General Manager.
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