After the San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals to clinch their right to represent the National League in the 2014 Major League Baseball World Series, two Bay area radio stations made waves. Both KFOG-FM and KOIT-FM announced bans on playing the minimal art pop song "Royals" by New Zealand chanteuse Lorde. This ersatz outrage is a silly attempt to generate civic pride for the a World Championship Series with two wildcard teams.
During interviews last year, Lorde became inspired to compose "Royals" in a half-hour writing session after seeing a photo of George Brett signing baseballs.
The song is about aspirationalism and uses pop artists' luxurious lifestyles as a counterpoint.
One would think that there would be more tolerance in the City by the Bay. Then again, the message might be challenging to those actually listening to the lyrics of the Lorde's song.
The radio silence on "Royals" seems like a cheap publicity stunt which jumps on the civic bandwagon while getting earned publicity. But this may be a desperate ploy to generate enthusiasm in San Francisco for the World Series.
This is the third time in five years in which the San Francisco Giants have made it to the World Series, whereas it has been a 29 year drought for the Royals.
This is reflected in World Series ticket prices on the secondary market. It would not be cheap to see the San Francisco Giants play their World Series home games, averaging around $700 a seat. But in Kansas City, expect to pay between $1,000 to $1250 a ticket to see "Royals" in the World Series up close and personally.