For those among who us regularly attend professional or collegiate sporting events, the world was jolted earlier today by a tiny reduction of its bluster and braggadocio. Studio musician and songwriter Gary DeCarlo departed this mortal coil at the age of 75, taking with him a small pinch of the infectious glee that accompanies the casual and typically unrepentant public revivals of his most famous creative work.
That is to say, the next time that you rise up at the end of blowout victory to chant, "Hey Hey Hey ... Goodbye," as the clock runs out on some dejected losing team, you will be doing so with a perhaps less potent spiritual and cosmic connection to the formative vigor behind the ultimate "So long, losers" anthem. That's because DeCarlo, among his life's other, less lyric accomplishments, cowrote "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" in 1969.
DeCarlo and collaborators Paul Leka and Dale Frasheur cut a recording of their ditty, attributed it to a nonexistent band called Steam (complete with fake band photo), and made an entirely unforeseen rise to the pinnacle of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. DeCarlo, lead vocalist on the original recording, later compared the "scandal" of Steam's flash-in-the-pan popularity — a hired band lip-synched to the studio cut at promotional appearances — to the rise and fall of '80s dance-pop duo Milli Vanilli.
Here at TestOut Continuing Education, we want you to have a moment at the end of every certification exam where you give the Gary DeCarlo Memorial Salute to whatever course you've just completed. We like to think at least some of you have an iPod all cued up and ready so that the minute you submit your answer to the final question, that familiar melody begins to roll. "Na-na na-na, na-na na-na ... "
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With that level of preparation, you won't just be shimmying and swaying at the end of your next certification exam. You can confidently say "goodbye" to any pre-first-day-on-the-job jitters.