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    Tuesday, November 6, 2018

    #ThemeSongTuesday: Evolution Is A Mystery

    "The Game," "King Of Kings," "Line In The Sand." Nope, I clearly was not listing down Triple H's monikers throughout his career. These are the titles of Motörhead songs that have been used as WWE entrance themes. All three of them begin with a show-stealing guitar lick that announces the presence of someone great. Are we really surprised? I mean, Triple H has used all three of those songs at various points over the last two decades.

    But among all three of these songs, Evolution's theme song, "Line In The Sand" clearly stands out as my favorite after all these years. Before I break it down and tell you why, here's the track in its entirety for you to enjoy.

    The song starts with the ticking of a clock, leading into that badass lick. And then the drums hit and the band comes together for the iconic intro that heralds the arrival of four of the greatest professional wrestlers in history. I love the little details like the ticking of the clock, which establishes the theme of the song and the stable: evolution through the passage of time. Evolution, as a stable, symbolized the best of the past, present, and future of professional wrestling (in 2003). And so with that sound effect, Motörhead was able to accentuate the image they were painting through their music.

    Lemmy's signature gravely vocals then come in, as he sings, "EEVOLUTION IS A MYSTEREEEE," which is probably the reason why an entire generation of wrestling fans grew up mispronouncing the word "evolution." Hell, Corey Graves himself once pronounced it the way Lemmy did on an episode of RAW due to force of habit.

    Since I mentioned the songwriting, let's take a look at them below.

    Evolution is a mystery
    Full of change that no one sees
    Clock makes a fool of history
    Yesterday's too long ago
    Don't agree with what I know
    Tomorrow becomes the place to be

    I see the line in the sand
    Time to find out who I am
    Looking back to see where I stand

    See my reflection change
    Nothing ever stays the same
    But you know the name's the game
    We all know what it means
    Nothing's ever what it seems
    Unforgiven, unforeseen

    I see the line in the sand
    Time to find out who I am
    Looking back to see where I stand

    There aren't a lot of metaphors in the lyrics since it's pretty straightforward. It's all about someone coming to grips with the nature of evolution as time passes and trying to find one's place in all of it. What's more interesting is the structure of the song. It's verse-chorus-verse-chorus... and that's it. There's no bridge, which actually looks like the CFO$ formula I've been railing on ever since I started writing this column.

    Where Motörhead and Jim Johnston—who produced the track—make up for it is in the glorious guitar solo that basically takes up the second half of the song. It's over a minute and a half of Motörhead just rocking out and showing off at this point. But I don't care. The self-indulgence is symbolic of Evolution's lavish gimmick—how they have to have the best in clothes, alcohol, women, and accommodations, and in excess, too. 

    "Line In The Sand" is a song that perfectly captured the essence of Evolution. It painted the picture of four pro wrestlers who were at the top of the food chain, who unapologetically took what they wanted, and who nobody could take down. Looking at their arc, that last bit ultimately proved to be true since they only fractured when Randy Orton—and then later on, Batista—broke off and fulfilled their promise of being the best of the future.

    This is why I love this song so much. It just fit the wrestlers and it evoked so many emotions. Even in 2018, I still get goosebumps when I hear this song because it takes me back to the earliest days of my fandom. Whenever "Line In The Sand" came on, I knew I'd hate the assholes that would come out. And yet, they'd be so charismatic and magnetic that I also knew deep down that I wanted to be like them. 

    Motörhead and Jim Johnston was a match made in heaven, and it's a shame that we'll never have a collaboration like this in terms of wrestling and music again.

    Image 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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