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September 23, 2008

The Life And Death Of The English Football Song:: Popmatters explores, with examples, the history of the terrace chant, its sporadic forays into the recorded music world and the popular music charts, and its occasional (sometimes even successful) crossing into American culture, providing (among other high and low lights) the darkest moment in Walter Payton's storied career.

posted by chicobangs to culture at 11:20 AM - 9 comments

I confess that I still have New Order's 'World in Motion' on my iPod.

The rest are, as is pointed out, complete rubbish.

posted by owlhouse at 05:11 PM on September 23

I have "World in Motion", "Three Lions" and "Englands Irie" on my iPod.

"Do it for Millichip Bert, how he's listed in the phone book."

posted by Drood at 05:23 PM on September 23

thanks for this, chicobangs.

The bloke in the background of the World in Motion video (holding up the sign which reads EN-GER-LAND. 3:19 in the video) looks like the guy playing the Sheriff of Nottingham in the new Robin Hood series on BBC America.

posted by scully at 08:05 PM on September 23

One of the things I like about English football, on the few occasions I am able to catch a game on the TV, is hearing the fans singing and chanting during the game. I always wondered why there isn't more of this in the US. Sweet Caroline at Fenway is a poor substitute at best. As far as team songs go, the Baltimore Colts Marching Band had a song for the team. I do not recall the name of it, but the last couple of bars were a snippet of Maryland, My Maryland.

posted by Howard_T at 10:23 PM on September 23

The Montreal Expos fans sang different songs during games, and the Canadiens fans do as well.

posted by tommytrump at 11:20 PM on September 23

The bloke in the background of the World in Motion video (holding up the sign which reads EN-GER-LAND. 3:19 in the video) looks like the guy playing the Sheriff of Nottingham in the new Robin Hood series on BBC America.

I've not watched the video, but the article states the lyrics were by Keith Allen.. who played the Sheriff of Nottingham.

posted by salmacis at 10:09 AM on September 24

"As far as team songs go, the Baltimore Colts Marching Band had a song for the team."

Let's not forget the Red Sox team song - "Tessie" by the Dropkick Murphys. It has a catchy beat and you can dance to it. Just ask Papelbon.

posted by crqri at 04:57 PM on September 24

As far as team songs go, the Baltimore Colts Marching Band had a song for the team. I do not recall the name of it, but the last couple of bars were a snippet of Maryland, My Maryland.

You mean "Let's Go You Colts"?

posted by goddam at 05:43 PM on September 24

the article states the lyrics were by Keith Allen

Ah yes, Mr Allen. Post-punk bassist, part time actor, general 1980s Manc scenester. Now merely described as 'Father of Lily'.

posted by owlhouse at 05:57 PM on September 24

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