Posts Tagged ‘music’

BOBBY’S Jukebox
Classic Sports TV Theme Tunes Revisited

Classic TV sports themes from yesteryear available at your fingertips.

 

‘Goal Crazy’ by Rod Argent

‘The Match’ theme (ITV 1988-1992)

1989-05-26TheMatchNow Rod is an interesting fella. He has many credits, not least playing keyboards on The Who’s album ‘Who Are You’, and in 1972 he formed a band called ‘Argent’ who recorded the original version of ‘God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll to You’ long before Petra and KISS made it famous.

Somehow he found himself writing football TV themes for ITV, and after successfully masterminding their World Cup theme for 1986 (under the guise ‘Silsoe’) he then came up with this for ITV’s new Sunday afternoon live coverage called ‘The Match’.

You only have to suffer 2 minutes of Adrian Chiles introducing ITV’s football coverage nowadays before you find yourself asking the question; ‘Whatever happened to Elton Welsby..???’

 

The Big Match – Theme from 1974 – 19801984-04-01TheBigMatch_zpse068db08

A true classic; Remember getting comfy in your seat as Brian Moore was about to share his tremendous enthusiasm for the game with you? Muddy pitches, bad haircuts, forthright opinion – it was all coming your way – and you loved it!

 

 

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ITV’s World Cup Mexico ’86 Theme Tune

This is one where ITV hit the spot, so popular was this tune that it was used for various other shows many years after Mexico ‘86, most notably ‘Saint and Greavsie.’

ITV went with the same Aztec-oriented style that the BBC embraced but with a modern twist, something they always tried to do. It was a brighter and more melodic number than it’s BBC rival could produce, so much so the song was eventually released as a single which reached number 48 in the UK charts.

 

‘Aztec Lightning’ by HeadsAztecLightning

BBC World Cup ’86 Theme Tune

The BBC are the Daddies when it comes to sporting themes, they’ve been kicking ITVs butt in this department for decades.

You can almost feel the uber-confidence exuding from their TV Theme Department (where else does the licence fee go..?) as you listen to this epic anthem. An extravagant, rousing piece with traditional Mexican instruments, this one by Paul Hart and Helmut Zacharias for the 1986 World Cup was a fine effort by anyone’s standards.

The problem was it wasn’t as good as ITV’s…

 

Sportsnight’ – by Tony Hatch

sportsnight_t1305b-smallSportsnight was the BBC’s midweek sports offering between 1968 and 1997. Presenters included legends such as David Coleman, Frank Bough and Des Lynam. The theme for the show was (rather imaginatively) called ‘Sportsnight’, and was composed by Tony Hatch, himself a legend of TV themes.

The piece is famous for its ‘morse code’ opening signature, giving the effect of speed. Hatch composed many other TV themes including Crossroads, Emmerdale and Neighbours. Hatch was no stranger to the pop charts either, being particularly well known for his collaborations with Petula Clark. The pair’s most famous song is the 1964 classic ‘Downtown’.

 

Please email your requests for BOBBY’S JUKEBOX to: bobby@bobbyfc.com

BOBBY Gets Top Marks
Broadcaster Mark Webster Joins The Team

MarkQUIZ1LR_1_BOBBY is delighted to announce a new signing as Mark Webster joins the team as a columnist.

Mark will be a familiar face to most of you having presented numerous TV shows over the years, including Live and Dangerous with Kevin Day and hosting NBA, NFL, NHL and IndyCar coverage for Five.

Mark is also a talented script writer whose credits include Never Mind the Buzzcocks and A League of Their Own. On the radio he has previously hosted breakfast shows for KISS FM and Xfm.

As a writer Mark is a regular contributor to magazines such as GQ, Loaded and The Face, and his passions include Soul music and West Ham United.

Twitter: @ItsMarkWebster


Viva Bobby Moore!

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Born in Guyana in 1948, Eddy Grant moved to London with his parents at the age of 12.

Always into music, he formed his first band with two school friends calling themselves ‘The Equals’. By 1967 they had a record deal with President Records and a smash number 1 in 1968 with “Baby Come Back”, which was written by Eddy.

A few more hits followed, but then came the catchy tune that was to be turned into a football anthem “Viva Bobby Joe” – lovingly revamped by England supporters to “Viva Bobby Moore” in honour of the World Cup winning skipper.

In this excellent photo from 1969, the England captain Bobby Moore is pictured in a London recording studio with The Equals, reworking that hit record into ‘Viva Bobby Moore’.

West Ham’s Moore was at the height of his powers at the time, having led England to World Cup glory three years previously he was looking forward to a trip to Mexico the following Summer to defend the title.

The Equals were formed by Eddy Grant, who later enjoyed a solo career with some smash hits in the 80’s including “Electric Avenue” and “I Don’t Wanna Dance” which became on of the biggest selling hits of 1982.

BOBBY’S JUKEBOX

Classic TV sports themes from yesteryear available at your fingertips.

 

‘Goal Crazy’ by Rod Argent

‘The Match’ theme (ITV 1988-1992)

1989-05-26TheMatchNow Rod is an interesting fella. He has many credits, not least playing keyboards on The Who’s album ‘Who Are You’, and in 1972 formed a band called ‘Argent’ who recorded the original version of ‘God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll to You’ long before Petra and KISS made it famous.

Somehow he found himself writing football TV themes for ITV, and after successfully masterminding their World Cup theme for 1986 (under the guise ‘Silsoe’) he then came up with this for ITV’s new Sunday afternoon live coverage called ‘The Match’.

You only have to suffer 2 minutes of Adrian Chiles introducing ITV’s football coverage nowadays before you find yourself asking the question; ‘Whatever happened to Elton Welsby..???’

 

The Big Match – Theme from 1974 – 19801984-04-01TheBigMatch_zpse068db08

A true classic; Remember getting comfy in your seat as Brian Moore was about to share his tremendous enthusiasm for the game with you? Muddy pitches, bad haircuts, forthright opinion – it was all coming your way – and you loved it!

 

 

‘Aztec Gold’ by Silsoe1986-06-03ITVWCc (1)

ITV’s World Cup Mexico ’86 Theme Tune

This is one where ITV hit the spot, so popular was this tune that it was used for various other shows many years after Mexico ‘86, most notably ‘Saint and Greavsie.’

ITV went with the same Aztec-oriented style that the BBC embraced but with a modern twist, something they always tried to do. It was a brighter and more melodic number than it’s BBC rival could produce, so much so the song was eventually released as a single which reached number 48 in the UK charts.

 

‘Aztec Lightning’ by HeadsAztecLightning

BBC World Cup ’86 Theme Tune

The BBC are the Daddies when it comes to sporting themes, they’ve been kicking ITVs butt in this department for decades.

You can almost feel the uber-confidence exuding from their TV Theme Department (where else does the licence fee go..?) as you listen to this epic anthem. An extravagant, rousing piece with traditional Mexican instruments, this one by Paul Hart and Helmut Zacharias for the 1986 World Cup was a fine effort by anyone’s standards.

The problem was it wasn’t as good as ITV’s…

 

Sportsnight’ – by Tony Hatch

sportsnight_t1305b-smallSportsnight was the BBC’s midweek sports offering between 1968 and 1997. Presenters included legends such as David Coleman, Frank Bough and Des Lynam. The theme for the show was (rather imaginatively) called ‘Sportsnight’, and was composed by Tony Hatch, himself a legend of TV themes.

The piece is famous for its ‘morse code’ opening signature, giving the effect of speed. Hatch composed many other TV themes including Crossroads, Emmerdale and Neighbours. Hatch was no stranger to the pop charts either, being particularly well known for his collaborations with Petula Clark. The pair’s most famous song is the 1964 classic ‘Downtown’.

 

Please email your requests for BOBBY’S JUKEBOX to: bobby@bobbyfc.com

Legendary Midfield Mauler and Movie Star Makes Music!

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We’ve said before that soccer and sounds don’t mix, and occasionally we’re proved wrong. But this probably isn’t one of those occasions.

In 2002, not content with making midfielders all over England quake in their boots throughout his playing career and with Hollywood moguls then knocking on his door continuously, Vincent Peter Jones decided to conquer the world of music as well.

He released an album of blues covers entitled ‘Respect’ on Telstar, from which the single ‘Wooly Bully’ was released. He also performed ‘Bad, Bad Leroy Brown’ on Top of the Pops 2 in 2002 dressed like Kid Creole’s wayward Cockney cousin. If you don’t believe me you can see for yourself on the link below:

I guess you could say that Vinnie is to singing what Vinnie was to elegant, technically gifted midfield maestros…

Aside from a short speech on the opening track of Joss Stone’s 2007 album ‘Introducing Joss Stone’, Vinnie seems to have left the music industry behind him. His movie career however continues unabated with the release of ‘Escape Plan’ next month, in which Vinnie plays corrupt prison guard Drake alongside Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and 50 Cent.

Upon reflection the record we prefer to remember Vinnie for isn’t ‘Wooly Bully’ – it’s the one he has for the fastest ever booking when he went through Dane Whitehouse in a little under 3 seconds!

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Back Home or World in Motion?

Usually soccer and sounds don’t mix. Thankfully the days of Cup final songs to raise some cash for the player’s pool have long gone. That’s one of the upsides to today’s cash loaded game.

But two England songs did hit a chord.

‘Back Home’ from the 1970 Mexico World Cup finals, where England were knocked out in the quarter finals by West Germany, has a sound that captures the last knockings of the upbeat mood of the Swinging Sixties.

‘World in Motion’ from the 1990 finals in Italy hits the mark and prefaces the dawn of a new era in the English game with its fusion of rap and rave. It was the Germans again of course who made sure it ended in agony rather than ecstasy beating England in a semi-final penalty shoot-out.

Please, vote for your favourite of the two tracks and tell us why below.

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New Order (Feat. John Barnes) – World In Motion (HQ) 1990 Youtube video

ENGLAND WORLD CUP SQUAD ~ BACK HOME (U.K.No1.1970) Youtube video