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Listen: “The Super Bowl Shuffle” reimagined by Jim James, Les Savy Fav, and Lil Bub

on January 21, 2014, 12:30pm

In 1985, The Chicago Bears had a truly killer season, crushing the competition with a record of 15-1 before dominating the New England Patriots 46-10 to secure Super Bowl XX. But more than good football, they gifted the world with something else that year, arguably the finest novelty song ever recorded, “The Super Bowl Shuffle”. While this year’s Bears won’t be vying for the title of Super Bowl XLVIII champions, the franchise’s glory lives on with a brand new, all-star recording of the that immortal fight song.

Organized by Sean Cannon, host of Louisville radio station WFPK’s “After Dark” program, the cover features My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Les Savy Fav frontman Tim Harrington, internet cat-lebrity Lil Bub, former “The Best Show” host Tom Scharpling, comedians David Wain, Scott Aukerman, Kyle Kinane, and Dave Hill, Man Man’s Honus Honus, The Long Winters’ John Roderick, and former NWA World Heavyweight Champion Colt Cabana. We’re not sure if it’ll make anyone want to tackle other people for trophies, but the song definitely merits repeat listens for, among countless other things, James’ line of “I’m Samurai Mike I stop ’em cold/Part of the defense, big and bold” and his friggin’ saxophone playing. Listen in below.

The track will eventually be released as a 7-inch single to benefit the Reading Is Fundamental charity. It’s available now via Misfire Records’ Bandcamp for a cool $1.

Cannon also wrote a letter detailing the track’s absurd origins, which you can read here.