Title Match

Do two sporty CDs really have game?
February 28, 2011

Records are a big part of sports. But sports aren't necessarily a part of records, even those that are actually called Sports. Here's how two albums by that name—one classic and one that broke big this month—stack up:

Huey Lewis And the News

Sports

1983

TUNES

Huey & Co.'s third album features soul and doo-wop influences, harmonized vocals.

ACCOLADES

Seven-time platinum with four top 10 hits.

JOCK CHECK

San Francisco outfit—whose lead singer is an avid fly-fisherman—performed The Star-Spangled Banner at Giants' 1985 opener and again before Game 4 of the 2010 NLCS. Follow-up album was named Fore!

SWEATY SOUNDS

Zero references to games or athletes, save for cover's sports-bar backdrop.

Weekend

Sports

2010

TUNES

Band's first full-length album is a mix of noise rock, lo-fi and shoegaze.

ACCOLADES

Pitchfork awarded it a stellar 8.2 rating; Rolling Stone called it a "marvelous racket."

JOCK CHECK

Vocalist and bassist Shaun Durkan says the trio, also from San Francisco, are big Giants, Niners and Warriors fans. The album title, he explains, alludes to a conflict or struggle, which translates musically into a "balance of melody and noise."

SWEATY SOUNDS

Again, no overt sports refs—unless one jumps out at you from the Rorschach-test-like cover art.

PHOTOCAPITOL RECORDS (HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS) PHOTOSLUMBERLAND RECORDS (WEEKEND)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)