Hines Ward will always be first in my heart, but I sometimes stray and cast adoring eyes on the speedy, hard-hitting, and mad-sexy Troy Polamalu. So I’m terribly, terribly pleased to find that this year’s best new Steelers song focuses on the NFL’s best strong safety: Please enjoy “Puhlahmahlu.”
With a creative work of this importance, it’s essential to give proper credit. The band is Mr. Devious (playing at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern this Saturday at 9PM — be there or be square). The song was played for me first by my dear brother Anthony, who heard it god-knows-where but probably on some sports radio show; but I located the mp3 via Sully (whom I shall treat to a drink at the next Pittsburgh BlogFest).
Brief culture lesson for the under-30 crowd: “The Polamalu Song” is a parody of a song performed memorably by the Muppets, “Mahna Mahna,” which is itself a parody of “Mais Non, Mais Non,” a French song from the 1960s, which is an adaptation from a song from a Swedish “documentary” from even farther back. Details on the original song and variations can be found here, and a video clip from The Muppet Show can be found here.
Incidentally, if you can find and share an online or offline version of “Mais Non, Mais Non,” I’ll be forever indebted to you.
I work with the bass player for Mr. Devious. That’s about as close as I can ever get to namedropping.
I must download when I get home. *tries to remember*
I love me some Polamalu, and yes, mad-sexy. It’s the hair. And the smile. And the tackling.
For me it’s the way he flies through the air. And the tackling.
Thanks for the link, I’ll look forward to the brew. I missed last week’s blogfest because I was actually in Seattle. I’m headed behind enemy lines next week Tuesday night through Friday.
What a sordid little history this cult classic has, huh? –Sully
hey…found you through google..thanks for the link to the song..i live in sc and heard about it but wanted to hear it! thanks!
Here’s what I found on that original for ya:
that should be it…….saw your request and thought I would pop my head up and let you know.
Sully: I can’t believe the amount of traffic this post has generated. Cult classic indeed!
Missy S: Welcome, and thanks for visiting. I’m glad to know you’re keeping the Steeler vibe alive away from the ‘Burgh.
Kegstand: Wonderful! Thank you for locating that mysterous track. I’d thought the mumble-mumble parts of the Muppet parody would in the original be French lyrics, but no, they’re mumbling too. I guess the French didn’t feel too creative in translating from the Swedish either. But it’s a lovely bit of pop history all the same,
Hi — How do you download the song? Thanks for sharing!
To play the song, click the link that’s the name of the song: “Puhlahmahlu.”
To download a copy to your computer to play as many times as you like, right-click the link and select download or save or whatever seems right from the menu.
Oh my!! Half my family lives down in Pittsburgh (I am in New Hampshire [& not a Pats fan!]), & my father was JUST telling me about this song. I found it earlier on my peer-to-peer network, but I’m actually looking for another song. I went to a home game back in January, & during the festive Heinz Field tail-gating, I heard another Steelers song. Its got Hines Ward saying all the Steelers names really fast. Its incredibly funny, & I must have it. Any ideas?
Anyway, GO STEELERS!!!!
I have a copy of this song (performed by Henri Salvador). Damn French people….. Email me so I can mail it to you.
Go Steelers! My guess is 27-10 over the Seahawks, with the 3 Steeler TDs courtesy of Hines, Ced, and Verron Haynes (to salt it away).
Eek – I don’t think this site gives you a link to my email address. Anyway, if you want me to email ya the song (it’s 1.45 MB), just send me an email with Polamalu in the header.
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