From 89.3 The Current Music Blog:
Posted at 5:36 PM on September 22, 2010 by Bill DeVille
The Twins have clinched their division! They were the first team to do so this year. It didn’t even take 163 games like the last couple of seasons! Maybe you’ve already heard that new Twins tune on the airwaves, featuring Craig Finn of the Hold Steady. Well, here is the story behind it. The Baseball Project is a side project led by Steve Wynn of Dream Syndicate fame, along with Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of R.E.M., and Minnesota expatriate Linda Pitmon, who used to drum with the Twin Cites band Zuzu’s Petals. The band theme is baseball, and naturally, Linda suggested they needed a Twins tune. So she enlisted baseball enthusiast and Twins fans Craig Finn of The Hold Steady to write the lyrics, which he did while on tour about a year ago. Steve Wynn wrote the music. Baseball Project then thought, who better to take the lead vocal than Mr. Finn!
Here is what Linda has to say: “We couldn’t be happier that he complied with some of the most anthemic sports lyrics ever written….name-checking no less than 8 Minnesota cities, 2 neighborhoods, 2 streets, 9 Twins players and 2 coaches in just over 4 minutes – Craig’s specialty!”
The Baseball Project’s full-length album isn’t out ’til next year, but The Current got a hold of the band’s Twins anthem just in time for the team to head into the playoffs. We’ve been spinning it this week, but if you haven’t heard it yet, here it is — The Baseball Project and Craig Finn’s “Don’t Call Them Twinkies.” Enjoy!