Updated: Thursday, 20 Jan 2011, 6:10 PM CST
Published : Thursday, 20 Jan 2011, 6:00 PM CST
GREEN BAY - In the car or at work, if you have the radio on 105.7 WAPL this week, you're almost bound to hear a now famous Packers tune that sings not so fondly of the Chicago Bears.
“It's a fan favorite and kind of on a whim on Monday my partner Rick said we should play it once an hour all week long to which I said are you crazy?” said Len Nelson, a morning co-host on WAPL. “How do we retain our own sanity?”
Nelson says the 1991 song from the Happy Schnapps Combo of Manitowoc hasn't gotten annoying yet.
“We've had some people say it's really annoying, we've had some Bears fans that have called and said it's distasteful and that we are horrible people for doing it, but for the most part fans are loving it,” said Nelson.
When some area businesses heard about the anti-Bears song marathon, they wanted to get in on the action. Charlie Fleck owns Bayside Motorsport in Green Bay, which is one of a handful of companies that are sponsoring the tune.
“It can be really good or can be really bad,” said Fleck. “I might have some Bears fans out there that maybe don't like us anymore. I'm not sure. We'll find out.”
Q101 in Chicago is playing a song that attacks Packers fans for eating, bowling and watching M*A*S*H too much. The song, “Packer Fan,” also says Wisconsin is obsessed with mullets and station wagons.
For Packers fans, songs about their team started before this season.
“The explosion of Packers songs was in the Super Bowl years, 96 and 97, and that it just started going crazy,” said Nelson.
A possible return to the Super Bowl has produced more green and gold tunes, including songs based on fan favorite players. WAPL is currently playing a song made for Clay Matthews, which is to the tune of AC/DC’s “TNT.”
“You got to support the Pack,” said Nelson.
And by the wild chance the Packers lose on Sunday, WAPL says it might have to continue its Bear bashing.
For WOGB FM in Green Bay, it isn't about the songs they are playing; it's the songs they aren't airing. For the week the station says you won't hear any "Chicago" songs on its air.