The 2014 World Cup kicks off TODAY with Brazil vs Croatia!
Just days after Rik Mayall’s untimely and massively unfortunate death at the age of 56, fans have organized a campaign to get the Young Ones actor’s overlooked World Cup anthem, Noble England, to number one in the music charts. Film at Leeds Castle and originally released in 2010 for the South Africa World Cup, Mayall performs the iconic speech from Shakespeare’s Henry VII over rousing chants. While there is no official song for the 2014 World Cup, there have been several worthy contenders with Mayall’s efforts closing the gap on X Factor’s Ella Henderson, who is currently on course to take the top spot. Noted “chart-hijacker” Jon Morter has taken it upon himself to do just that. “A lot of people have fond memories of Rik and they’re showing it in the way they know. I think that the chart hijacking thing is a way of people coming together to show how they feel. With Rage Against The Machine in 2009, it was a protest. With this, it’s an outpouring, but not of grief, more of a celebration. And that’s what I wanted. It’s a celebration of this crazy guy that many of us grew up watching. I think it’s what he would have wanted“, said Morter.
Rik Mayall’s Noble England
Monty Python’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Another just released contender for the designation of ‘unofficial’ official World Cup 2014 England Football Anthem comes from the boys of Monty Python and their updated rendition of “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” from The Life of Brian. FYI, know that a wee bit of a language issue lies ahead before you hit play.