This year’s official England 2014 World Cup song is a cover of Take That‘s Greatest Day, sung by a stellar cast of Gary Lineker, Pixie Lott, Eliza Doolittle and some other names that ring the vaguest of bells. To tell the truth I’ve not heard it, but general opinion seems to be that it’s just as rubbish as the last official England World Cup song. And the one before that. And the one before that. And the one before that etc. The Guardian calls it a nadir, and who am I to argue?
This afternoon, I decided to rectify this, and so wrote my own England 2014 World Cup song. It is, to my ears, rather Three Lions-like, which is probably unavoidable as it’s another chirpy sing-along pop song with a melancholic twist played on an acoustic guitar by a bloke from Merseyside who sounds very much like that Ian Broudie fella from The Lightning Seeds.
With that in mind, here’s a question for you: I think it sounds like a Lightning Seeds song – I often think my stuff sounds like The Lightning Seeds. I freely admit it is very much influenced by Three Lions in that I wanted to write another Three Lions-style England World Cup song that is as good as the last good England World Cup song (Three Lions). I even allude to Three Lions in the lyrics of my song (“almost fifty years of hurt…”). So, is it plagiarism? I can’t help it if I sound like him, our musical influences are no doubt exactly the same (and it all goes back to the Beatles, the Everlys, Bob Dylan and Buddy Holly in the end), even our cultural influences will be similar as we’ve grown up half an hours bus ride away from each other. I believe he is an LFC supporter.
Well what do I care! Sue me and be damned! Although, wait for me to record the darned thing before you do – I might be totally mistaken.