Bremertunes through the years

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This page is a compilation of music selections contributed by USS Bremerton (SSN-698) shipmates who responded to the question:

“Name one song that brings you back to your years on the boat.”  

Each entry, currently in order of being submitted, is headed by the shipmate’s name and the years he served on 698. You may click on the songs, they are almost all linked to a YouTube music video for your convenience.

 

“This takes me back….” John Brunkalla and his lady friend in Bremerton, Washington (1982).  Photo Courtesy of John Brunkalla

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MIKE MEEHAN, EM1(SS)

1983 – 1986

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RICH CROMBIE, STS1(SS)

1978 – 1980 & 1984 – 1986

Rich notes: This is the video I made with music from the Alan Parsons Project with news and Navy footage of her pulling into Bremerton for the last time. We played this at the 2018 reunion.

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DAVID WITHERS, IC2(SS)

1978 – 1983

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JOHN SCANLAN, TM2(SS)

1980 – 1984

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SKIP CLAWSON, YN2(SS)

1980 – 1984

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STEVE EVERETT, MMC(SS)

1982 – 1985

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RUSS WOODS, IC2(SS) 

1979 – 1983

Big Black Submarine – Tommy Cox

Russ notes: Reported as an FR departed as IC2(SS)

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JIM JONES, IC2(SS)

1980 – 1983

The Dives We’ve Known – Tommy Cox

Jim notes: Any of his songs

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courtesy of Larry and Marianne Tharp

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TIM PAYNE, EM1(SS)

1978 – 1982

Silver Wings – Merle Haggard

Tim notes: This one helped me win a bride.

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MIKE TRAIL, ET2(SS)DV 

1990 – 1994

He Stopped Loving Her Today – George Jones

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TONY JENNINGS, MM1(N)/SS

1980 – 1984

More Than A Feeling – Boston

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RON SHIREY, FTG1(SS)DV

1980 – 1983

Main Street – Bob Seger

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ERIC FESTOR, TM1(SS)  

1986 – 1990 

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MATT MASON, EMC(SS)

2004 – 2009

Tell me are you a Badfish too – Sublime

Matt notes: How’s no one else posted this yet 😂

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GREGORY THOMPSON, STS2(SS)

1979 – 1982

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JOHN DAVID SCOTT, MS2(SS)

1988 – 1991

Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N Roses

John David notes: 4 years onboard, 1st boat… beginning of 88 – Dec 91

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BILL PATTERSON, MM3(SS)

1982 – 1984

The stroke –  Billy Squire

Bill notes: The only MMSN/SS allowed to stand below decks watch.

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CHALLEN YEE, STS1(SS)DV

1983 – 1986

Red Skies – The Fixx

Challen notes: This reminds me mostly of the first year of being stationed on Bremerton and my new life in the Islands, getting  lot of exposure to the tropical evenings and sunsets from Waikiki (when we were in port, the hot running boat that we were).

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TODD BARNETT, RM2(SS)

1984-1988

Keep your hands to yourself – The Georgia Satellites

Todd Notes: … we sang “got a short-timers chain in my pocket!”

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JOHN StCLAIR, MM3(SS)

1986 – 1988

Big City Nights – Scorpions

John notes: late 1986 – 1988

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DAVID CORTESE, ET2(N)/SS

1982 – 1985

White Wedding – Billy Idol

Dave notes: First time I heard White Wedding (Billy Idol), was in a bar in Olangapo City.

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TREY CARRIVEAUX, ET1(SS) RC-DIV

2001 – 2006

“Party Up (Up in Here)” – Original music and lyrics by DMX* (link TBD)

Trey notes: I don’t remember the guy’s name but there was an A-Ganger who brought his guitar and started playing and singing a country version of DMX’s “Up in here”.

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MITCH  JONES, MM2(N)SS

1995 – 2000

Mambo #5, Lou Bega

Mitch notes: Definitely heard Mambo #5 on westpac alot! (Made MM1 on my way to prototype in SC).

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JENS MICHAELSEN, EM1(SS)

2007 – 2011

A Bay Bay – Hurricane Chris

Jens notes: Just picture wandering around Waikiki saying this… Ahhhh, I miss those shenanigans where the bars didn’t close until 4.

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DAN SHERMAN, ET2 (SS)

1991 – 1996

Pride and Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughn

Dan notes: All I can say is I remember Craig Wortham playing his guitar and singing Stevie Ray Vaughn “Pride and Joy and George Jones “He Stopped Loving Her Today” with Mike Trail (see Mike Trail’s selection).

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CLINT CERA, QM2(SS)

1992 – 1996

Don’t Take The Girl – Tim McGraw

Clint notes: The guys kept playing it on the mess decks.

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ROBERT BERRY, MMA2(SS)

2009 – 2013

Badfish – Sublime

Robert notes: My first time pulling into Guam, the girls at the club said “we’re going to play the Bremerton song for you guys!”

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RIGO BACA, STS3(SS)

2009 – 2014

Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

Rico notes: It was a great song to be constantly field daying too. Left as a STS3, now a STS1.

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TONY WALTERS, ET(N)/SS

Can’t Deny It – Fabolous

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JOSH MELLON

2017 – 2018 (split tour)

Boys are back in Town – Thin Lizzy

Josh notes:  Played over the 1MC pulling back into port after the boat’s final depoyment. Served on board for the last 2 deployments before split touring to stay in Hawaii.

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JOHN DENNEM, YN2(SS)

1986 – 1989

Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

John notes: We had cassette tapes and a cassette player. It was a great song and by the time we got back from that westpac it was song of the year.

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Wes Bringham, CAPT

2013 – 2016

Rock And Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution – AC/DC

Wes notes: While I was onboard, I looked up songs released the week of commissioning. The two songs that stuck out to me were Blondie’s Rapture and Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution (AC/DC)…you can imagine which one I picked…we would play this on the boat’s birthday, March 27th, 1981 over the 1MC (the NAV ETs) put a Jack into the XOs stateroom to play songs during field day, battle stations, or when coming out of emcon. Best song played over the 1MC? AC/DC. Worst? I can Bake a Cake by Lil Debbie (not my choice, raffled off). We would pick songs for battle stations, goal was to relieve before the song ended.

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SAVE THE 698

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