Just discovered that my favourite record label have jumped on the England/World Cup song bandwagon via a compilation album which will be released on June 1st:
2010: London, England: Upon hearing the news there would be no official World Cup Song for England in 2010, Cherry Red seized the perfect opportunity to create an independent England World Cup album. This was the perfect chance for real England fans to have their singing voices heard loud and clear from the packed pubs of old Blighty to the glistening green pitches of South Africa. We asked fans to send us their England anthems for 2010 & they came in by the lorry load!
Now, after three nail biting months & a mountain of MP3s, it gives us great pleasure to announce the confirmed track listing for our independent World Cup compilation ‘Pretty England’.
We thank each and everyone of you that sumbitted a song to us, the response was astounding… and after much deliberation and a spot of extra time, the final track listing is as follows:
A few selected highlights from the above tracklist:
– THE SKATOONS
I’ve previously mentioned this band a couple of times. They are a group of British Expats in Lanzarote who formed the 7 piece ska band in 2004. This song is very infectious and memorable. If any song deserves to be heard often over the next few weeks it should be this one:
“FRUITY MIX OF HIP-HOP AND SKA SWAGGA is the brainchild of Essex rapper/songwriter Ray Gudge. fusing 2 of his favourite styles of music hip-hop and ska, Ray has come up with a unique sound that sounds equally classic and contemporary, mining a rich vein of musical heritage and refixing it in a modern day stylee. lyrically Ray follows in a long line of witty and thought provoking wordsmiths such as Ray Davies, Madness, Blur and The Streets. each song tells a story and is like it’s own mini film with bittersweet narratives taking on such subjects as teenage pregnancies, the murky underbelly of Essex gangsters and the americanization of British culture.completing the line-up is funky/punky axeman Dave Leak and hornmaster general Ian Richards”
Swagga - The Victory Bus:
– Chopper Harris
This one is by Ed Tracy under an assumed name and unlike the others it doesn’t have any references to England or the World Cup, so *technically* it might not be seen as an England song, but it doesn’t matter. This track is fantastic and the best thing I’ve heard in ages. I don’t know anything more about the singer, but if he keeps doing stuff like this we will hear from him I’m sure.
The song sounds so familiar already, like you’ve heard it before. But I’m sure I haven’t until now. This needs to be in the charts.
These tracks and more can be found on PRETTY ENGLAND –
The Alternative England World Cup Album For South Africa 2010.
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