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Ten Truly Memorable Cheap Pops

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What's a cheap pop?

A cheap pop is a pro-wrestling term that means saying something that will get an instant crowd reaction. Cheer or Jeer.

And they're happening all around you. Everywhere.

For instance: When the crowd goes nuts when a lead singer shouts "Hello...(your state, town, area)," or changes the lyrics to a song to mention the city: that's a cheap pop.

When a politician references your hometown in a speech or campaign stop and you clap: that's a cheap pop.

When Osama Bin Laden releases a tape and says "Death to America." That's a cheap pop. You know, to his supporters.

Cheap pops are surefire ways to get an audience to go ape shit. With that in mind, here's 10 memorable cheap pops from recent memory.

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History lesson: Mick Foley, aka Cactus Jack/Mankind/Dude Love, helped make the 'cheap pop" popular. He is known for giving shout outs to whatever city he is in, so that he can get a quick cheer.

What follows, isn't a list of great speeches or great live events, this is a list about speakers saying and doing simple things that get big reactions.

1. JFK in Berlin
June 26, 1963. US President John F. Kennedy speaks in West Berlin in support of the United States for West Germany. It was a moral booster for West Germany.
Why? "Ich bin ein Berliner," that's why.


2. George W. Bush at Ground Zero
President Bush stands among the fire fighters at the World Trade Center. He is there to view the wreckage, but more importantly, to boost America's confidence.

He responds to someone's question "I hear you. And soon the world will here you."

Fire fighters roar in approval. Hearts lift in America. People cheer as the clip is played over and over on the news.

Successful cheap pop, W.


3. The Beatles Play Shea
When The Beatles came over the pond to play a few shows at NY's Shea Stadium, they didn't even need to make any cheap pops themselves. Others did it for them. Like Ed Sullivan introducing them to the crowd. (About 4:20 on this video)

Folks, that hiss you hear are the screams of 60,000 euphoric kids. For these few hours, The Beatles OWNED NYC.


4. Ronald Reagan at the Berlin Wall
June 12th, 1987. Ronald Reagan stands at the Berlin Wall and tells Mikhail Gorbachev and the Soviet Union to "Tear down this wall."

Crowd goes nuts. World goes nuts.
HUGE Cheap Pop by The Gipper.


5. Derek Jeter at the closing of Yankee Stadium.
There a have been a lot of cheap sports pops over the years. This one was a great one to me. Yankees Captain Derek Jeter picks the last game at the famous stadium to honor the "Greatest Fans in the World."

Sold out crowd goes ballistic.


6. The Rock Cheap-shots-to-get-Pops in Sacramento
Okay, there has to be one wrestling mention on this list. Here's a master of the cheap pop. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, singing live to the crowd in Sacramento.

Rocky has them booing and jeering at all the right spots. He wasn't the "most electrifying man in sports entertainment" for nothing.


7. Sir Winston Churchill "Our Finest Hour"
In 1939, Western Europe had fallen to Nazi Germany. Britain was all that was left. There was little joy in the hearts of England when Sir Winston took to the airways to inspire his country.

It may have been on the radio, but when everyone heard Sir Winston say the words "if the British Empire should last 1000 years, men will still say, this was our finest hour."

They cheered. Months later, England won the Battle of Britain.


8. Lord of the Rings, Return of the King World Premier
The final film premiers in Wellington, New Zealand, where it was filmed.
Here, Peter Jackson introduces the cast to 100,000 happy kiwi's. Each actor takes the mic and cheap pops abound. Sean Austin stirs them up the most.


9. June 3, 2008
An historic night. Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama has 80,000 Democrats gleefully eating out of the palm of his hand.

The cheap pops weren't just mentions of hometowns and local cities. They were about economy, jobs, America and anything anti-George W. Bush.


10. Marilyn Monroe sings Happy Birthday.
May 19th, 1962. Thousands pack Madison Square Garden to celebrate John F. Kennedy's 45th birthday.
JFK is the man of honor. And when the sexy starlet Marilyn sings his name or shouts his praises, the crowd just eats it up.

Beautiful lady. Cheap pop.


Honorable Mention:

Spinal Tap - Hello Cleveland!


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2 Comments

I remember seeing the band Kreator in Boulder. The guy kept saying "How ya doing Denver!?" Close enough I guess.

said E on May 10, 2010 3:18 PM.

Most awesome cheap pop I heard was from the Japanese metal band Loudness..."Santa Barbara, we come to kick your ass!!!"

said William on May 10, 2010 4:03 PM.
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