Song Of The Week - The Lightning Seeds with Frank Skinner & David Baddiel - Three Lions (Football's Coming Home)
The World Cup starts today. We here at lastword know this because for the next month or so there’s bugger all happening at the cinema, as distributors run scared. So, very much in the spirit of if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, our Song Of The Week this week is one of the finest of all fine football songs (yes, we know it’s a small list), Three Lions.
Originally recorded in 1996 for the European Championships (it was re-recorded two years later to back England in the World Cup and hasn’t been off the terraces since, so it counts) this saw Ian Broudie’s Lightning Seeds riding the crest of Britpop, and comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel embracing the vogue of new lad-ism via their phenomenally successful Fantasy Football League TV show. A triumphant song of eternal optimism in the face of steadfast defeat and disappointment, it is a great pop song whether you give a damn about footy or not, and will undoubtedly be ringing out from all corners of the world over the coming weeks.
As to the movie connection? Well Skinner has none; Baddiel was very briefly in the 2002 Bob Odenkirk/David Cross Mr Show spin-off Run Ronnie Run, and wrote the 2010 The Infidel – which starred Omid Dajalili, who was in Gladiator and Sex and the City 2.
As to The Lightning Seeds – lastword once had the privilege of seeing them live at the now long gone London Astoria. They came on stage at midnight to the strains of the You Only Live Twice theme, and that was pretty damn cool.