You cannot go into a shop or a bar without Slade, Wizzard or even that dreadful Paul McCartney song in the background.
If you hit the wrong button on the TV remote (as I often do) there is Jonah Somebody asking everybody not to Stop the Cavalry. Okay, Fairytale of New York (my all-time Crimbo fave) pops up too, as does In Dulce Jubilo, with Mike Oldfield playing slide guitar like he was trying to impersonate Ronnie Wood.
The John Lennon one still brings tears to my eyes. It’s just me, I’ll get over it. Eventually.
Shakin’ Stevens, Mud and even Boney M are also there to remind older folks like me of Christmas past.
And for our slightly younger readers, I thought the Wham! video for Last Christmas was quite original at the time. Then Manic Street Preachers covered it. I much preferred the Welsh lads’ version. James Dean Bradfield and his mates Sean and Nicky are the best – they did the official Wales anthem for the Euros too. Check it out. And their album The Holy Bible, if you’re brave enough.
Which brings me to the football-based songs I have enjoyed hearing at Carrow Road and the point of this largely spurious article.
“Six foot two, eyes of blue, Duncan Forbes is after you…” Totally inaccurate descriptively, but the first I can remember. A theft from Arsenal, who used to sing in the same way about… yes, you’ve guessed it… Willy Young.
“My old man said be an Ipswich fan…” A total rob from Tottenham and the lyrics are too filthy to repeat on a decent, first class website such as this, but I would imagine you all know what I’m referring to.
“There is a circus in the town – where George Burley is the clown”. Again, far too rude to detail, but I used to sing it with gusto. A true NCFC original and I absolutely loved joining in with it.
The famous Paul McVeigh tribute: “We love you Paul McVeigh despite your lack of height…”.
One night (it could have been the famous Let’s be avin’ you one but I am not sure) the Man City picked up on it and sang back: “We hate you Paul McVeigh and if it’s quite all right… you do f— all and you’re a load of sh-te. Cross the ball and you’ll miss”
“You’ll never beat Mark Bowen“. Oh how true and happy memories come back. I can still hear it now in my head.
“Ashley Ward, Ashley Ward, he’s Ashley Ashley Ward. He gets the ball, he scores a goal, he’s Ashley Ashley Ward.”
The ultimate: “O Huckerby, Hucker, Hucker-bee…” Nothing else to add.
And, to end with, one I doubt we’ll ever hear again: “Say ooh aah Delia, say ooh aah Delia”. Great in its day, but totally unlikely to be resurrected.
Any more songs that any of our readers remember? I’d love to hear of them.