Football-mad Manchester group James are hoping to follow fellow pop heroes New Order and supply the England soccer squad with the theme song for the World Cup in America next year.
There’s the small matter of course of whether Graham Taylor’s boys will qualify after tonight’s crunch match with Holland.
Tim Booth, the charismatic singer of the band, whose last LP went straight to Number 1, reckons their song Low Low Low from the new album Laid has just the right anthemic qualities.
“We see it as a football song,” says the vegetarian frontman, who reveals that the recording studio’s kitchen staff crowded around the microphone to chant the chorus.
“If England get through, we will put it forward as next year’s World Cup song.” says Tim, a Leeds fan. “We’d probably change some of the verses and change the chorus from Low Low Low to Goal Goal Goal. It’s one of those classic James anthems that always seem to end up being singles.”
Manchester combo New Order wrote and performed the No 1 hit World In Motion with the 1990 World Cup team.
It was credited with losing the reputation of the soccer songs Chas-n-Dave type singalong – and sold 400,000 copies.
Unfortunately, the Football Association’s David Bloomfield reckons Tim is kicking off too early.
“Selecting the song is not a luxury that we’re considering at the moment, because if England don’t qualify, there won’t be a record,” he says.
So even if the England team packs its bags for the States, will the James gang actually be picked to play for the first team?
“I admire James determination and enthusiasm,” adds diplomatic David. “But we’ll be looking at a lot of bands.”