Melbourne Storm Song
The Story of the Melbourne Storm Theme Song
In early1998 I had seen the Melbourne Storm Captain, Glenn Lazarus, on TV speaking about the new Rugby League Club and how they were settling into their new home. During the course of the interview, the host, Bert Newton, asked Glenn if it was true that the club still didn’t have a theme song and he said yes, it was true. Something must have stayed in my sub conscious because at 3am the next morning, I found myself sitting in the kitchen writing a lyric about the club. My wife came into the kitchen about an hour later to ask what I was doing and with tongue firmly in cheek, I said, I think I’ve just written the new Melbourne Storm theme song, to which she replied, do you have any idea what time it is, obviously very impressed. First thing next morning, I called my writing partner and best friend Jon Mol and told him what I’d been doing and went straight to his place to try to turn my lyrics into a real theme song. Jon came up with a cracking melody and we set about recording the song at his home studio. With the disk in hand I headed for Melbourne Storm with the mindset of, who else is going to think to write a theme song for a League club in Melbourne, handed the disk and letter to the receptionist and left, just waiting for the phone call. Then, one Tuesday morning, almost a year to the day since dropping the disk at the club, a call came from Storm Football Manager, Michael Moore, who explained that the club would like to speak to us about the song and a meeting was set up for the following Thursday morning. Jon and I went into the meeting and soon discovered that in fact more than 600 songs had been sent to the club. The meeting went well and with Storm CEO Chris Johns excited about the song, things looked positive. At the end of the meeting, we were told that they would call us later that day and at 3.30pm that afternoon, the call came to say, congratulations, you have written the Melbourne Storm theme song and so a little piece of history was made. The song was first performed at the start of the 1999 season and of course, that was the year that Storm went on to win their first NRL Premiership; coincidence, I think not!