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.