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    Tuesday, January 30, 2018

    #ThemeSongTuesday: Lovefurypassionenergy





    From the moment the first chords hit, you know what you're about to get: a woman who won't conform because she marches to the beat of her own drum, societal norms be damned. Before Paige called herself the Anti-Diva on NXT, Lita was the anti-establishment female character who inspired a generation of boys and girls. For those who needed someone who wasn't just a former fitness model or a blonde with surgically-enhanced breasts hired as eye candy, they identified with Lita, whose punk and grunge influences translated in the ring into her high-flying, daredevil style.

    Throughout her wrestling career, Lita has used several different entrance themes, mostly depending on whom she was aligned with or what her gimmick was at the time. But among all of the songs she's used, "Lovefurypassionenergy" stands out as her signature entrance theme. Need proof? When she made a surprise appearance at RAW 1000, she came out to this song. When she got inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014, she also came out to this song. It's the theme the Ruthless Aggression Era associates the most with Lita, even though she did cross over from the Attitude Era, which preceded it.

    What makes "Lovefurypassionenergy" special as a theme is how it seemed to encapsulate Lita's character through both the music and lyrics—a rarity in terms of how perfect the song was for the wrestler. It's not everyday that you come across a song whose music and lyrics go with whatever character a wrestler's trying to portray. Musically, rock band Boy Hits Car comes out swinging, using hard, gritty riffs and loud percussions to establish Lita's badassery. The song isn't meant to sound sexy or sultry. It's meant to be in-your-face and extreme, which is Lita summed up in two words. In a way, Lita's counterculture appeal was what made her a sex symbol in her own right.

    Whenever Lita's song played, it was so easy to imagine yourself at a punk/metal concert, moshing along with a huge crowd, lifting up the devil's horns, and vibing along to the music. It's the type of song that could make you forget that you're in a sea full of people because it just sucks you in. And it's also the perfect song to drown your anger in—or to help you power through that last set of deadlifts.

    Lyrically, it uses the imagery of a flower growing through the cracks, which mirrors Amy Dumas' own personal journey, as she details in her autobiography, Lita: A Less Traveled R.O.A.D.—The Reality of Amy Dumas. Her life was never easy and neither was her rise through the wrestling industry to get to WWE. It's reflected in the story of the song's persona, which involves fighting hard and clawing up with love, fury, passion, and energy.

    Most importantly, the hook is both easy to sing and scream along to. Many angsty pre-teens and teenagers could very well have used Lita's theme as their anthem, especially when they were lashing out at their parents and/or at the world. There was always something therapeutically liberating about just screaming and releasing all that pent-up frustration and anger. When life's rules seemed to cage you in, it helped to have a character on TV who encouraged you to yell, "Fuck your rules, man!" so you could carve your own path.

    Hearing Lita's theme never gets old, even though she clearly isn't the extreme, high-flying luchadora she once was in her heyday. At the very least, it was a reminder that we were all once that emotionally-charged whipper-snapper, who tried hard to fight against a system that sought to create our identities for us.

    Welcome back, Lita. It was great seeing you in the first ever Women's Royal Rumble Match.

    Photo from WWE


    Stan Sy (@_StanSy) is the Editor at Large of Smark Henry, and is also a radio DJ on Wave 89.1, an events host, a freelance writer, and one of the hosts of The Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast. He also used to be one of the hosts and writers of The Wrestling Gods on FOX. He enjoys watching WWE, NXTLucha Underground, and the occasional New Japan match. You can ask him questions about wrestling, Survivor (yes, the reality show), or whatever you like on his CuriousCat account.
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