With live footie now on the horizon I was thinking how they can give matches some much needed atmosphere (where’s Russ Abbot when you need him?).
It got me thinking that the analogy is the age of silent cinema and the cinema organist or pianist who plays along to the movie.
What each team needs is an ‘in residence’ band or artist who can do that – and think of all those currently out of work musicians who would jump at the chance to earn a few bob on the side whilst watching a match. But who would be the right fit for your team?
Rotherham United would need something pretty straightforward – there would be no space for any ephemeral ‘tippy-tappy’ Brian Eno style whisperings. It would need to be both emotional and uplifting to echo that ever present feeling of optimism but coupled with some slabs of down to earth realism and a fair bit of self-deprecating humor. There would need to be the occasional ‘long ball’ moment – a quick rising chord sequence which would more often than not die down quickly and meander around a bit. Very occasionally something clever and unexpected maybe a key change and jazzy piano run.
My choice would be a combination of Vangelis (in his Chariots of Fire style and none of your atonal Beaubourg stuff please) coupled with John Shuttleworth. Vangelis will of course have samples of the Chuckle Brothers, clinking beer glasses and the Grimethorpe Colliery Band within his arsenal of keyboards.
I think this could work well. I may pitch it to Sky.
So what about your teams?