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The Lorde song “Royals” was inspired by . . . George Brett?!

Nov 20, 2013, 5:34 AM EDT


Remember last month when I (regrettably) linked that fan version of the Lorde song “Royals,” only with lyrics talking about how awesome being a St. Louis Cardinals fan was?  Man, that was the worst thing ever.

But not only was it awful, it wasn’t even the most valid baseball connection to that song from the state of Missouri! From Lisa Gutierrez of the Kansas City Star, who did some archive diving to find out what really did inspire the biggest hit of the year:

When the teen singer-songwriter sat down with VH1 a few weeks back to explain the song that mocks the luxe lifestyle of famous musicians, she revealed her inspiration: A photo of a Kansas City Royals baseball player . . . In that interview, Lorde explained how she “had this image from the National Geographic of this dude just signing baseballs. He was a baseball player and his shirt said, ‘Royals.’

“It was just that word. It’s really cool.”

UPDATE! Reader @LBtross has found what appears to be the pic. It’s from National Geographic and, sadly, it’s not Billy Butler. It’s George Brett, surrounded by kids, signing autographs.

That’s OK, Country Breakfast. You will always be my queen bee:


  1. jhaegs - Nov 20, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    “Regrettably linked” followed by a link to the story…

    You’re an idiot.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:16 AM

      Either you don’t know how blogs work, or you don’t understand creative writing, or both.

      I’m going with both.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        Don’t forget, s/he also might just be a troll.

      • paperlions - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        Nah, he’s a StL fan with skin so thin with respect to any criticism or friendly ribbing directed at StL sports that it may as well not exist.

  2. southofheaven81 - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    The girl was singing Dio (well, Rainbow, but still) when she was 12. She’s aces in my book!

    • paperlions - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:36 AM

      She was already taller than Dio.

      • richarddansky - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:38 AM

        But not as cool as Lordi –

      • richarddansky - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:39 AM

        Damnit –

      • historiophiliac - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        Oh, snap! Short joke.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    I don’t know who that is.

    That is a statement. Not a request for information.

    • genericcommenter - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      He was a great player.

    • historiophiliac - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      Finally. One that I know and you don’t!

  4. slimx21 - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Regrettably his jersey doesn’t say “Royals” in the picture…

    • nolanwiffle - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      I think you’re looking at the wrong picture. It’s George Brett and his jersey clearly reads “Royals”.

      • slimx21 - Nov 20, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        I’m looking at the Billy Butler picture that was posted (as a joke) prior to the George Brett update.

  5. futbolhistorian - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Ballplayer signing autographs for scores of kids with baseballs in their hands just outside the stadium. Not a sight you see much anymore sadly.

  6. bravojawja - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    The best version of that song is still Kingsized’s Big Mike Geier as Puddles the Clown:

    • jdillydawg - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      Seriously, where do you find this stuff? Puddles the Clown. That’s hilarious!

      • bravojawja - Nov 20, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        One, he’s a local boy. Kingsized does an Elvis show on his birth/death day (can’t remember which).

        Two, this video made the internet rounds a couple weeks ago.

      • jdillydawg - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:30 PM

        I obviously need to stay in a little more often! Thanks.

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