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Picture of the Day: Lorde gets an autographed Royals jersey from George Brett

Mar 22, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

Singer-songwriter Lorde has said that an old photograph of “some dude” in a Royals jersey from National Geographic is what inspired the Grammy Award-winning song “Royals.” That dude turned out to be Hall of Famer George Brett. Lorde’s tour made its way through Kansas City last night, so it only makes sense that Brett sent her some some gifts on behalf of the Royals:

The inscription from Brett reads,” Lorde, you are Royal to me.” Well, isn’t that sweet. Brett had the Royals give her an autographed copy of the aforementioned picture.

  1. lazlosother - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    To show exactly how out of it I am, who is Lorde?

    • thomas844 - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      She’s a young singer from New Zealand. She just became popular in the US last year and her song “Royals” won the Grammy award for Song of the Year.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:27 PM

        One hit wonder???

      • thomas844 - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:45 PM

        It’s possible. I suppose time will tell.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        I hope not, PC, because it’s nice to have a pop song from a young female singer that has substance to the lyrics and is not just about grinding around attempting to be sexy without something to say about it.

      • therealbigben - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        She already had another #1 hit. Album is solid. Get a clue people

      • sportsfan18 - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:22 PM

        Get a clue? I KNOW who George Brett is… no worries…

        Who cares about pop divas… just noise on the radio…

      • indaburg - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:32 PM

        The young talent already has another hit, Team, and her album is doing quite well. Don’t be one of those arrogant old people who thinks music stopped being good the year they reached physical maturity. If you don’t think some young people today aren’t making good music, you simply aren’t paying attention. None other than Bruce Springsteen deemed her biggest hit worthy of a cover. If it’s good enough for The Boss…

      • genericcommenter - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        She’s on at least her 3rd single on alternative rock radio. Pretty sure she started out on that format and then “crossed over” to pop- though her music really fits in with the current pop style, IMHO. Just saying, I wouldn’t consider her either a purely “pop artist” or a “one hit wonder.” I probably heard “Royals” at least 1000 times on independent alternative radio before it charted anywhere or was played on any pop formats.

        Also, I’m pretty sure she’s been mentioned here (with the whole George Brett Nat. Geo explanation) and other sports blogs a few times.

    • DJ MC - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      Just to add to what thomas844 said, the story is that she was inspired to write “Royals” by seeing a picture of George Brett in his uniform. Even though the song has absolutely nothing to do with baseball.

      • paperlions - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:06 PM

        Are you sure? The version I’m familiar seems to include a few baseball references.

      • American of African Descent - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        That video would have been a lot better if the Cardinals had won in 2013.

  2. jdmcmill - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    That is the song about green beans right? I love that song.

    • alexo0 - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      It’s the song about a group of girls too poor to live the party lifestyle so they just pretend.

      Perfect song for the Royals.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Just for the record, I am emphatically 100% on the side of “that song is ok.”

    I don’t care for most popular music. I don’t hate most popular music. But I would still like everyone to get off my lawn and to at least acknowledge that 80s and 90s music was the best and everything else is mostly garbage.

    And pull your pants up.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      Seriously. Just pull your pants up. Not all the way. Not to your belly buttons. But at least to your hips. Just stop belting your pants below your asses. You look stupid.

      Also, Justin Bieber is terrible. Not as a musician, but as a person. He’s just the worst. And also yes, as a musician too.

      But most of the rest of it is tolerable.

      • NatsLady - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:42 PM

        Don’t worry about Justing Beiber. The Syracuse Chiefs taking care of you on that. Yep, they are having “Deport Justin Bieber” night as on of their promotion. Along with giving you a lifetime ticket if you get a tattoo with their logo, and giving away a free funeral. You and your tattoo can be buried in your ugly sweater. I kid you not.

      • NatsLady - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:45 PM

        Gosh, I should proof-read! But, there should also be an edit function. In fact, there COULD be an edit function. Here’s how. (Of course, whoever posted this should probably edit “THEIR” own comments.).

        C’mon, Craig, make it so.

      • Professor Fate - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:11 PM

        There is an excellent edit function on this site (as well as any other site, internet or not). Follow these steps:

        1) Write comment
        3) Read comment you just wrote. Correct any mistakes, including checking to make sure what you have written makes minimal sense
        4) NOW click on “Post comment” button

        See how easy that is?

      • Francisco (FC) - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:06 AM

        I’m going to go out on a limb and say that there probably is quality being made out there today but you have to consider the fact that our population is much larger than in the past, and the Information Age has allowed all sorts of idiots on the net, why not all sorts of idiots who think they are actually making music. As time goes by it’s harder to sift through the dreck to find the gold, so it’s not worth it and we turn to the tried and true of the past.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:18 AM

        Of course there is still gold being made.

        This may be the greatest artistic expression since the Renaissance.

      • genericcommenter - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        His full-load diaper jeans really bother me.

    • Francisco (FC) - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      Surely some stuff from 70s makes the cut? Most of the good stuff from the 80’s and 90s had their precursor in the 70s

      • NatsLady - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        Don’t look at me. I stopped listening to pop music when The Supremes broke up.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        Certainly. The 70s, 60s, 50s, and even the 2000s and 2010s have their exceptional moments.

        It’s just, music peaked in the period I described. This is both scientific and non-debatable.

        I personally believe that it happened when MMM MMM MMM MMM from the Crash Test Dummies was released. I think that was the apex. It’s a song about kids going “Hey, why do you go to that weird church?” and the kid is like “I don’t know. That’s just where we’ve always gone” and that’s the end of the confrontation. They aren’t even mean to him. They are just curious. And then they accept his answer and move on. That is some transcendental stuff right there. I think if we all just keep the words of the Crash Test Dummies close to our hearts the world would be just a little bit better of a place.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        The 30’s had superb music. There was some great stuff in the late 50’s. Popular music reached its peak in the 1960’s.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:35 PM

        I agree, PC.

        Actually, my wife and I took a Jazz class in college and some of those very old performances were really really amazing.

        So I don’t know if you were joking or not, but I have nothing but respect for a Robert Johnson, Bessie Smith or even Livery Stable Blues.

    • paperlions - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      Every once in a while, usually while drunk, I wind up on youtube watching videos of bands I forgot I loved (and some I never stopped loving), including such music wonders as Bullet Boys, Slick Toxic, Rough Cutt, Black-N-Blue, Queensryche (pre-mind crime), Motley Crue (early stuff), Fates Warning, Cinderella, Poison, Faster P*ssycat, LA Guns….it just goes on and on.

      If they re-ran Headbanger’s Ball, I’d still watch it….and fill up my DVR with it.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        I actually think VH-1 has a channel that is either rerunning episodes or it’s still actually somehow a show.

        Jim Florentine does a podcast called The Metal Show or something along those lines. I don’t listen but I do follow him on Twitter and he mentions it (obviously) pretty regularly.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Well, if they schedule the fishing tournament to coincide with Rocklahoma, you’d be in heaven (your heaven, my hell). BTW, your poor dogs.

      • paperlions - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:22 PM

        At least when you write, hell, I know you are talking about a fiery eternal damnation, because if you said it….I wouldn’t know if you meant that or ice falling from the sky.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        Are you confusing “heh-ell” with “hay-ill”?

      • paperlions - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        Sometimes, it is R and B night, and they get to listen to Jill Scott, DeAngelo, Eryka Badu, Pink, TLC, Mary J, Corine Bailey Rai, Macy Gray, Sade, Toni Braxton, and such

      • historiophiliac - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        Ok, that night you can invite me over.

      • stlouis1baseball - Mar 24, 2014 at 4:33 PM

        I am with you 100% on this post.
        But don’t ever post that cheesey ass video again Paper. If you do…expect a titty twister.
        A very hard, incredibly painful titty twister.

      • paperlions - Mar 24, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        Ha….I was trying to annoy people….so….success!

    • raleighdevil - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      The Beatles, the Stones and Motown say hello.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        Hang on, I have Alvin and the Chipmunks and disco on the other line….

    • pbastille - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      You just need to know where to look for some spectacular music being played nowdays. Wander over to They have a boatload of different specialty streams (yeah, they even have an 80s Underground stream), including streams dedicated to the groups playing at the major music festivals around the world. They have a stream that plays “covers of songs you know by bands you don’t know”, as well as the most diverse indie stream on the planet, Indie Pop Rocks, a folk stream, an alt country stream, a lounge music stream, and some ambient stuff to put your restless pets to sleep.

  4. 1harrypairatesties - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    One hit wonder yes I agree.

  5. skerney - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    A 17 year old girl from New Zealand doesn’t know who George Brett is? Are you kidding me?!

  6. Professor Fate - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    I know who Brett is, but I don’t have a clue about Lorde. Does that make me as out of touch as her? I think I prefer my version of ignorance.

  7. favrewillplay4ever - Mar 23, 2014 at 3:04 AM

    Is this Madonna’s kid? I’ve heard the name a few times, but for the life of me, can’t get into any type of this pop or hip pop crap.

    I stick with the classic rock my folks grew up with and 80’s and 90’s hard rock / metal that my parents identified as “The Devil’s Music”.

    • genericcommenter - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      You probably hate “alternative,” too- since grunge killed hair metal and all that stuff. But that’s her initial format, at least in the US. That said a lot of “alternative rock” these days could pass for early 90s dance music.

  8. mickinmd - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    You can her Queen Bee…let her live that fantasy.

    Yeah, I’m a Baby Boomer who knows who she is. Thank you car radios with info displays.

  9. cur'68 - Mar 23, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    She’s not Nina Simone.

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