It For Stanley
the weekend after England have made the best start to a World Cup campaign
for almost a quarter of a century, despite some alarmingly lacklustre
performances. Seems like a good time to write up the interview I did
with Jay Cranstoun from Young Stanley just before it all kicked off,
especially as there is now no pressure whatsoever in Englands
third group game against Sweden. Plus I want to raise readers of this
websites awareness of the best football song in YEARS, especially
considering we have at least 30 other supposed anthems being
dragged up from a frustrating multitude of money grabbing supposed passionate
artists. This one though is the real McCoy. If only someone would actually
bother to play it
So, how did five builders from Bromley decide they were going to write
their own World Cup song?
JC: Well, we were all chatting about the football in the pub and
we were saying that theres three of us who were born in 66,
so we never even got to SEE it. Rods been in bands in the past
and Mark can play drums, so we decided that we wanted to write a real
passionate football song that the fans could really get their teeth
unlike Embraces official song
JC: I think Embraces song is a really, really good one, but
it doesnt make me think of football at all, and you definitely
cant chant it on the terraces. Our song on the other hand, is
so easy to pick up, even for the most tone deaf fan. You cant
get much simpler than Will it be a 4-4-2 that brings the trophy
home to you can you?
AD: Wasnt that what the song was originally going to be called,
JC: Oh man, yeah, you can imagine our horror when wed recorded
it and called it 4-4-2 and then we watched an England game
where Sven started messing about with a 4-5-1 formation instead!
AD: I think its a real pity that the FA never picked up on
JC: Oh but they did! They actually wanted to use it as the official
song but apparently they just couldnt get their heads around the
fact that it was builders and not musicians whod done it.
AD: Id have thought that wouldve made it appeal more!
JC: Thats what we thought as well, but obviously they think
different to us. Its annoying because I dont think it could
have sounded any better if it HAD been musicians whod done it.
AD: Totally agree. Ah well, thisll cheer you up a bit
my missus asked me to inform you that youre really fit,
JC: Who, ME? Well, I cant see it myself, but tell her thanks
for that its really made my day. It might put her off if
she sees the video though! Its amazing I had no idea Id
be watching BBC London Tonight and the one clip theyd be showing
on it would be the one of my arse! My belt acted as a wonderbra there,
as we were playing up to the old builders arse cliché,
but I had no idea it was going to be displayed to the entire nation
on primetime television!
AD: Have you had much positive feedback?
JC: Oh its ALL been positive, except for some people who dont
believe were builders and think this is all just an act. Look,
to prove were all builders, let me point this out Paul
took three hundred takes just to get his one line in the song right!
I think thats pretty conclusive evidence.
AD: So, if you could meet Sven before the World Cup starts, what
piece of advice would you give him?
JC: Take on Rodney (writer and composer of Sing It For England
as your number two! Honestly, if Rod could manage England as well as
he can write songs, wed win the world cup without any problems
whatsoever. Hes just brilliant.
AD: So have you got a final message for the England fans?
JC: Just to get behind the team Owen Hargreaves included
and well hear you in Germany! COME ON ENGLAND!!!
My sentiments exactly, and hey, its nice to have a full week
before our next really important game! Anyway in the meantime, GO AND
BUY Sing It For England!!! Its the best football anthem
since Three Lions and deserves to be chanted from the terraces
all over Germany by the time the things done and dusted. Who knows
maybe it will be
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