Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Scraping the barrel

You know you've got a decent bandwagon growing when you get your own compilation, and thus among this week's Various Artists new releases we find Howzat! The Unofficial England Cricket Album. Each disc starts with good intentions - Jerusalem, Soul Limbo, Mambo No.5 - and then suddenly realises that, actually, there aren't 42 songs related to cricket. So we get very little actual reggae (not even Victory Test Match, although that's about an England defeat) but the 'someone didn't check the lyrics' likes of Mirror In The Bathroom, Police & Thieves and Friday Night Saturday Morning, plus Fit But You Know It for the lads, the Undertones' It's Going To Happen for the title and the Subways' Oh Yeah because, erm, someone in the office was listening to Young For Eternity, probably. How did Buster Bloodvessel get involved enough to contribute both Bad Manners' Can Can and a song of his own? Who are the St George’s Brass Ensemble? Who is going to listen to this by the time the Pakistan tour starts next summer?

3 comments:

Matt said...

Presumably they mean the tour of Pakistan that starts in a few weeks time, rather than next summer. Although goodness only knows why you'd want to listen it once.

I have a vague memory of someone claiming that Howzat by Sherbet was the worst record ever, but I can't quite recall the circumstances now. Unless there's another song called "Howzat", which seems unlikely.

Simon said...

I went to a Twenty20 match last year and they play snatches of music for every boundary and wicket. Sometimes (Song 2 hook, Another One Bites The Dust) it works. Yes, of course they played Howzat at some wickets. No, it didn't work because they clearly hadn't listened to it before putting it on the list.

I nearly knocked over a Sky Sports cameraman, though, so not all bad.

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