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The 2011-2012 Rufus On Fire Playlist


For every game preview, I preface each one with a song selection. Most times, it's a song that portrays the mood coming into that night's game or how I feel after the previous night's game.

And as you may expect with a season that culminated in seven wins, there are not many happy songs this time around. There was a fair amount of blues, folksy rock and a ton of Sufjan Stevens. That said, there were occasions of uplifting songs, usually after wins or encouraging performances in losing efforts. But they were few and far between.

Hit the jump for an infographic that takes a look at a handful of interesting points during the season, the playlist, and a game-by-game breakdown of the playlist and game results.


Full Playlist

Spotify playlist (missing a couple songs not available on the platform)

# Opponent Outcome pt diff Artist Song Selection
1 MIL W 1 Sufjan Stevens Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head! (Rebuild! Restore! Reconsider!)
2 MIA L -1 Gorillaz (feat Little Dragon) Empire Ants
3 ORL L -21 The Roots Stomp
4 MIA L -39 Blackalicious Day One
5 CLE L -14 The Police King of Pain
6 NYK W 8 Elton John Sixty Years On
7 ATL L -6 TV On The Radio Caffeinated Consciousness
8 IND L -22 Arcade Fire Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
9 NYK L -4 Gang Starr (feat MOP) 1/2 & 1/2
10 HOU L -12 MC Solaar La Belle Et La Bad Boy
11 ATL L -30 Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi (feat Jack White Two Against One
12 DET L -17 Tallest Man On Earth I Won't Be Found // The Gardner
13 GSW W 12 Blakroc Dollaz & Sense
14 CLE L -8 Gil Scott-Heron I'm New Here
15 ORL L -7 The White Stripes Icky Thump
16 CHI L -6 DJ Shadow Mashin' On The Motorway
17 NJN L -10 Talking Heads Warning Sign
18 NYK L -33 Little Dragon Recommendation
19 WAS L -17 Deltron 3030 Memory Loss
20 PHI L -17 Sufjan Stevens Oh God, Where Are You Now?
21 WAS L -3 Outkast Wailin'
22 LAL L -33 St. Vincent Hysterical Strength
23 POR L -44 DJ Shadow You Can't Go Home Again
24 PHO L -6 Outkast Flip Flop Rock
25 BOS L -10 Yeah Yeah Yeahs Zero
26 CHI L -31 The White Stripes There's No Home For You Here
27 LAC L -25 Big Boi Fo Yo Sorrows
28 PHI L -9 The Weeknd Same Old Song
29 MIN L -12 Black Star Definition // Defintion:RE
30 TOR W 7 Arcade Fire We Used To Wait
31 IND L -35 Sleigh Bells Comeback Kid
32 IND L -14 Franz Ferdinand 40'
33 DET L -15 Jay-Z The Ruler's Back
34 SAS L -30 Little Dragon Shuffle A Dream
35 NJN L -3 Radiohead No Surprises
36 ORL W 16 Jay-Z You Don't Know
37 UTA L -6 Shearwater You As You Were
38 NJN L -9 Metric Gimme Sympathy
39 OKC L -27 The XX Crystalised
40 NOH W 2 SBTRKT Something Goes Right
41 HOU L -20 Kid Koala Drunk Trumpet
42 DAL L -5 Bowerbirds Dark Horse
43 TOR W 4 St. Vincent Save Me From What I Want
44 PHI L -25 EPMD Strictly Business
45 MIL L -20 The Pharcyde Runnin'
46 NJN L -13 Django Django Default
47 BOS L -7 The Men Ex-Dreams
48 MIN L -5 Radiohead Idioteque
49 DEN L -11 Blur Coffee And TV
50 DET L -3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. We Almost Lost Detroit
51 TOR L -5 Albert King Born Under A Bad Sign
52 ATL L -27 Queens Of The Stone Age In The Fade
53 MIL L -5 The White Stripes Death Letter
54 ATL L -20 DJ Shadow Circular Logic
55 WAS L -28 Grimes Circumabient
56 CLE L -13 Gotye Heart's A Mess
57 DET L -24 Blu & Exile More Out Of Life
58 MIA L -23 Sufjan Stevens Get Real Get Right
59 BOS L -12 Radiohead Pyramid Song
60 NOH L -8 Arcade Fire Neighborhood #3 (Laika)
61 CHI L -32 Manitoba Crayon
62 MEM L -5 Gang Starr Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
63 SAC L -26 Sam and Dave Hold On, I'm Coming
64 WAS L -28 Sufjan Stevens They Are Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhh!
65 ORL L -7 Jack White Sixteen Saltines
66 NYK L -20 Sufjan Stevens I Want To Be Well