- Brian Tunney, General Editor, Action Sports
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Hollywood, Calif. based punk/rap act Good Guys In Black, fronted by professional BMX rider, actor and musician Rick Thorne, are being featured as the 2011 theme music for the Los Angeles Dodgers commercials on Fox TV.
The song, "Woah Yeah," recorded for the Good Guys In Black EP "Moving On," will run alongside footage of the 2011 Dodgers team in action on Fox TV throughout the 2011 season.
According to Thorne, 41, who has fronted Good Guys In Black since the band's inception in 2007 and competed at the pro level in vert, park and flatland since the mid '90s, the song wasn't originally intended to be used for a Dodgers commercial.
"A buddy of mine, Steve Guerrero, came to one of our shows. He's a promo producer at Fox, and he said he liked our song "Woah Yeah." Then he asked if they could use it in an LA Lakers promo last year, so they cut the promo and sent it to me, and it didn't work. The timing wasn't right," said Thorne on Wednesday.
"But then, he called me out of the blue about a week ago, telling me he got the song approved for the whole 2011 Dodgers season," Thorne continued. The song will also be featured on Fox Prime Ticket and played at Dodgers Satdium during each home game.
After writing, recording and self-releasing three EPs, Thorne feels that Good Guys In Black are gaining momentum in the music world on their own merit. "The dude came to our show, saw us play and thought it was rad. It wasn't us shopping it around or trying to sell it," says Thorne.
But it's not just Fox TV that is calling on Good Guys In Black.
According to Thorne, "Our music is getting played in the Gumball Rally TV show coming out, and I just filmed for a major motion picture called "White T," which features Jamal and Jerold Mixon, Eric Roberts, Snoop Dogg, Chyna, Deebo and myself. And the producers dug the band, so they wanna potentially use some of our songs for the movie."
Good Guys in Black, who have opened for legendary punk acts such as Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies and Voodoo Glow Skulls, will also appear on the 2011 Vans Warped Tour alongside select acts including Against Me, Attack Attack, Gym Class Heroes, Lucero, Set Your Goals and The Acacia Strain.
In Thorne's time away from the band, he continues to ride BMX and is developing exclusive content for the new social networking site YoHolla. But the majority of his focus is on music these days.
"I've always been into music, but it takes a little bit of time. What BMXer rides, goes to one contest and is automatically paid in full? With all this energy, we've been writing better stuff, and it's what I want to do," says Thorne.
Rick Thorne-penned song to be used for LA Dodgers commercial