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3/27/2008 06:58:00 PM
Brook Lopez And The King Of Pop
HOUSTON -- I've found that when you ask college players -- both black and white, northern and southern, East and West Coast -- what's playing on their iPod right before games, two artists are almost always mentioned: Lil' Wayne and Kanye West. Since it's seemingly mandatory to have that duo in your earbuds, I take note when a player admits to listening to something unexpected. Like when Notre Dame's Luke Harangody told me he uses the Braveheart soundtrack to get pumped up. Or when I read in Kelli Anderson's Lopez twins story that Brook's go-to pregame tune is Michael Jackson's Speed Demon.
Speed Demon is one of those Jackson tracks whose music video -- a claymation classic that was a part of the Moonwalker movie -- actually trumps the song. It was clay-mated by Will Vinton, the guy who created both the California Raisins and the Domino's Noid, and features MJ turning into not only a motorcycle-riding rabbit, but also Pee Wee Herman, Sly Stallone and Tina Turner. "I love that video, personally," Brook said here on Thursday. "I've watched it a lot. That just goes to having two older brothers [Alex, 31, and Christopher, 26] who've lived through the '80s." Watch it below:
Brook was kind enough to give us his full pre-game playlist, which, he says, has "loads of Michael":