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Suck It, DJ Kitty: Craig Finn Of The Hold Steady Wrote A Song About The Twins

Yeah, that’s right, I called out DJ Kitty. I ain’t worried about no East Coast-Midwest rap war. Bring it.

Although born in Massachusetts, Craig Finn, frontman of The Hold Steady, and before that a member of the iconic Minneapolis band Lifter Puller, spent his formative years growing up in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina. During his time in Minnesota before moving to Brooklyn and forming The Hold Steady, Finn developed into quite the die-hard Twins fanatic. So much so, that not only does he routinely wear Twins jerseys when performing, a side project he is a member of, The Baseball Project, a band including Finn, Steve Wynn of Dream Syndicate, and Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of R.E.M., recently recorded an ode to Finn’s beloved baseball team of his youth, entitled “Don’t Call Them Twinkies.”

Listen to the song after the jump.

A sampling of the lyrics:

In the fall of ’87, I was pretty much in heaven
I got my license and a girlfriend, and the Twins had won the pennant
I prayed more in the Dome than I ever did in church
Kirby Puckett had the smile, Kent Hrbek had the smirk

Aww, listening to that just makes my nostalgic, pretentious indie rock, homer heart sing!

Via Twin Cities radio station 89.3 The Current:

Not too shabby. Said Linda Pitmon, another member of The Baseball Project, about how “Don’t Call Them Twinkies” turned out:

“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!”

Awesome. Now that’s a baseball anthem. Suck on that, DJ Kitty, you punk ass feline.

Don’t Call Them Twinkies [89.3 The Current]