The Bengals are preparing to face the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs and Cincinnati funk legend Bootsy Collins has released an updated version of his “Fear Da Tiger” music video to celebrate.
Seventy-two hours before kickoff, the irrepressible Bootsy got his creative juices flowing, his game face already lit, updating the 2005 season’s “Fear Da Tiger” with a series of video shoots that began yesterday at Fretboard Brewery in Blue Ash.
On Wednesday night, there was some additional filming at his east Cincinnati studio as he worked to tighten it up to face Tennessee. At least that’s the beat for groove fans midweek.
And Bootsy is a fan, there’s no Who Dey about it.
“The Bengals just created a vibe, you know, that hey, you know, we’re here,” he said in an interview at his home.
His white coat was highlighted with decorative orange and black markings and a Bengal tiger adorned his top hat.
Collins explained the genesis of the 2022 version of “Fear Da Tiger”.
“It’s like, hey, what about the Bengals? Let’s, let’s do something, you know? Next thing you know, you know we’re in it,” he said.
He wasn’t the only one with a mojo. Ickey Woods has moved on to be part of this new music video for an orange and black invasion of Music City.
“I bought that big B,” he explained, pointing to a Bengals symbol that was hung with a black chain-like lanyard.
“Since I’ve been wearing it, they’ve won,” Woods said.
He’ll wear it Saturday for the playoff battle with the Titans. If you’re not wrapped up in all of this yet, you might want to check your pulse.
Woods had this to say about his mix for last Saturday’s game.
“It was fun, man. You know, just to get the crowd pumped up. And, you know, before the game, get everybody involved. And then when Uzomah scored his touchdown and, you know, credit that to me, man, was awesome. You know, it made me feel so good inside that, you know, we had this winning ball club and they hadn’t forgotten about the old man.
He burst out laughing as he said it.
As the Ben-Gals brought their energy to the beat, I wondered if Bootsy had ever played football before playing bass and winning a Grammy.
“You know, it’s like once I got, you know, hurt a few times, I was like I was going to find something else to do,” he laughed at the memory. “This is not a joke.”
Bootsy called it a joyful time for Cincinnati, mirroring it in several takes of a Who Dey anthem, which he described as a blast with its camera angles, floor markers, lighting and multiple reshoots.
“Okay, let’s record this,” he yelled enthusiastically after a few exchanges with the team.
If you’re wondering what he’ll be wearing for the game, he offered, “I never think about it until, you know, the time to go. It’s like bang, let’s do it.”
Which sounded pretty good for the video, the fans, the team, the community, and the game.