‘Royals’ parodies pop up in S.F. as Giants, K.C. battle in World Series 

click to enlarge New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde's hit song "Royals" has inspired several parodies poking fun at the Kansas City Royals. - REBECCA BLACKWELL/AP FILE PHOTO
  • Rebecca Blackwell/AP file photo
  • New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde's hit song "Royals" has inspired several parodies poking fun at the Kansas City Royals.

Over the weekend, San Francisco radio stations KFOG (104.5 FM) and KOIT (96.5 FM) made national news by banning singer Lorde's hit "Royals" as the Giants and Kansas City Royals battle wage war at the World Series.

Now fans can still enjoy the tune, which was inspired by a 1976 photo of Royals Hall of Famer George Brett signing autographs, while pledging their allegiance to the Orange and Black.

By Tuesday morning, several "Royals" parodies ripping the Kansas City ballclub had popped up over the airwaves and online.

On KLLC (97.3 FM), the "Sarah and Vinnie" morning show got an early start Tuesday with its salvo, which proclaimed "we'll be crushing the Royals" and vowing to "sweep them all into the Bay."

Meanwhile, the parody by modern-rock station KITS (105.3) hewed closely to the teen-diary angst of the original, telling the Royals, "If they look deep inside themselves, they all know it's the team by the Bay."

But by far the greatest "Royals" parody was posted Monday night by a little girl under the YouTube handle Marina D Music. In less than 1½ minutes, she forecasts a victory, name-checks each of the players and even tries to find a rhyme for Travis Ishikawa (spoiler: it does not exist).

"It will always be tooorture, but we can count on Bochy, and baby we'll rule ... 'cause this our destiny!" she trills adorably.

Meanwhile, Christian-rock artist and proud citizen of the "Show Me State" Matthew West recorded a pro-Royals "Royals" song, belting out "Royal-blue running through our veins," which sounds like a horrifying medical issue and is considerably less adorable.

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Giselle Velazquez

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Giselle Velazquez was born and raised in the shadow of San Francisco's Diamond Heights and now lives in the shadow of South San Francisco's Sign Hill. She has written for publications such as The S.F. Examiner, Ventura County Star, and the S.F. Bay Guardian.
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