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    Tuesday, September 4, 2018

    #ThemeSongTuesday: C'est la Vie

    Bubblegum pop is my favorite genre of music.

    That's the type of statement you'd probably double-take upon reading from a straight, cisgender 6'0 male in his late 20s. I know this from experience because every time someone asks me what type of music I really love and I answer, "bubblegum pop," I get that, "You're fucking with me, aren't you?" look right afterward. But despite having worked in the radio industry for almost eight years at this point, along with all of the different musical genres that have come my way, bubblegum pop never really left that very special place in my heart. I cherish it even more now as an adult because it reminds me of simpler times, shallow lyrics and musical content be damned.

    This is the reason why I've become a fan of Mae Young Classic 2018 participant Tegan Nox, also known as Nixon Newell in the U.K. indy scene. You see, this lovely lass comes out to a song that blatantly screams "bubblegum pop," allowing her to endear herself to the audience before she even appears in front of them. Her entrance theme in the indys is this little ditty from an Irish girl group named B*witched.

    Yep, Ms. Nox used to come out to "C'est la Vie," B*witched's most successful single to date. It was their debut single and it hit number one in several countries around the world including the U.K., New Zealand, and their native Ireland, while peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1998. Twenty years ago, before being viral was a thing, that pretty much meant that the song was a hit, kids.

    You could also tell it was their debut single because the music video went out of its way to identify all four members at the very end.

    Tegan Nox uses the first third of the song—intro, verse, pre-chorus, and chorus—for her entrance. It's a great choice considering how the song goes. "C'est la Vie" has a very peppy and upbeat intro, one that sets the tone as a song you can dance along to. In between that intro, the members of B*witched playfully sing "Oh oh," to get you into the mood even more. While this is happening, you might even be clapping along to the beat. If you watch Tegan Nox's entrances, you'll find the energy of the venue just going all the way up AND SHE HASN'T EVEN APPEARED YET.

    Once Edele Lynch—fun fact: she and her twin Keavy, who's also part of B*witched, are the sisters of Boyzone's Shane Lynch—starts to sing, you'll find yourself happily singing along. Meanwhile, it's pretty interesting to see how her opponents react. Their faces basically say, "Welp. Looks like I'm not going to be the fan favorite here."

    If you're not even familiar with the first verse, that's fine. Assuming you grew up during the 90's, you'd be vaguely familiar with the song by the time the pre-chorus hits. Somewhere, our Lucha Underground reviewer Anthony Cuello is having a jolly old eargasm already.

    Gotta let me in, hey, hey, hey 
    Let the fun begin hey 
    I'm the wolf today hey, hey, hey 
    I'll huff I'll puff I'll huff I'll puff 
    I'll blow you away
    Tegan Nox does a great job of playing Pied Piper, leading the crowd in singing along that once the chorus comes, the only way you're not taking part in the fun is if you have no soul. Just watch that last video above. Everybody is into it. Hell, the chorus inside the venues sound predominantly male. It's fucking adorable.

    Say you will say you won't 
    Say you'll do what I don't 
    Say you're true, say to me c'est la vie

    It's shallow. It's mindless. But it's hella fun. And that's really the essence of bubblegum pop. Tegan Nox—or Nixon Newell, however you want to refer to her—figured out something that works and resonates with her audience and it endeared her to them pretty damn fast. 

    Using very recognizable songs is a tried-and-tested formula we've seen other wrestlers experiment with over the years—particularly in the U.K. indy scene—from Grado to pre-SAnitY Nikki Cross. Locally, early Mark D. Manalo comes to mind as having one of the silliest and inclusive entrances. Remember when he used to come out to "Take On Me" by a-ha? Ugh, thanks, FILSCAP. And then, of course, there's Gigz Stryker from MWF, who comes out to Bon Jovi's "It's My Life."

    Here's one last fun fact about "C'est la Vie" to close us off. The song—like many pop hits of the past and present—is really about sex. Gee. No surprises there, especially with a line that goes, "I'll show you mine if you show me yours." Alison Murray, who directed the video, even wanted one of the members, Sinéad O'Carroll to look down her own jeans when she sang that line, but B*witched's label immediately nixed that. Womp womp.

    What's your favorite pop song that's been used as a wrestling entrance theme?

    Image from Wrestling News Source and screencap taken from the music video of "C'est la Vie"


    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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