The greatest football song in history, one more time – with a cat

By Melissa Locker
Updated January 30, 2014 12:00 PM
Credit: Sean Cannon

Back in 1985, three months before they won Super Bowl XX, the Chicago Bears recorded one of the greatest football-themed songs in history: “The Super Bowl Shuffle.”

The rap song sold more than a half-million copies, reached No. 41 on the Billboard charts and was even nominated for a Grammy Award for best rhythm and blues performance by a duo or group. (In one of the Bears’s few losses of the year, the Grammy went to Prince’s “Kiss.”)

Fast forward to 2014, and a new team has come together to record a cover version of the song in the hopes of repeating its success … for a good cause.

This latest remix of “The Super Bowl Shuffle” comes courtesy of an all-star lineup of musicians and comedians, spearheaded by Sean Cannon, host of “After Dark” on Louisville radio station WFPK.

In the mix are musicians Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Les Savy Fav’s Tim Harrington, Man Man’s Honus Honus and the Long Winters’s John Roderick along with comedians David Wain, Scott Aukerman, Kyle Kinane and Dave Hill. Tom Scharpling, host of WFMU’s The Best Show, plus wrestler/podcaster Colt Cabana also lend a tune to the new “Shuffle” crew.

But it gets better: Beloved internet celebrity cat Lil Bub joined the party, too!

The track, which is a faithful if goofy cover of the original song, is available for download now via Misfire Records Bandcamp, with plans to release a 7″ – all to benefit the charity Reading Is Fundamental.

Watch the original, 1985 version of “The Super Bowl Shuffle” below:

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