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Expat. Brits Attempt New World Record during World Cup 2010

May 27, 2010

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London – World Cup 2010 fever is finally in the air. For two weeks at least, the world can forget about BP oil leaks, trouble in Korea and kick back to enjoy some edge-of-the-seat international football. One country – the birthplace of football – always tends to go OTT at this time of year: England. Since there’s no official World Cup Song from the England squad this year, the fans and supporters have released a massive 165 or more ‘unofficial’ Songs to cheer along the national team.

In an effort to stand out from the crowd, one such ‘unofficial’ England World Cup Song contender, “Chant Like an English Fan” by the Laddz, is trying something very different. The independent label behind the track, Bootlace Records, has decided to show the world exactly why the English are unique and can achieve the impossible. With under three weeks until kick off, the team are attempting to have their track played simultaneously at over 1966 pubs and sports venues in the UK and around the world during the half time break of the first England match against America on June 12th. As well as trying to set an ‘unofficial’ World Record with the attempt, they are also raising money for the British Legion.

The idea for the World Record attempt came after Alan Keegan agreed to play their song during half time earlier this year at Old Trafford during the Manchester United v Fulham match, where Man Utd won 4 – 0. “We thought, if ‘Chant’ really is a good omen like that, maybe it can help England bring the Cup back home this year,” said Donnelly. “Just like when we originally came up with the song idea, we thought, ‘How hard can it be to set a new World Record?’”

The expatriated song writing duo (Richard Eyre and Anthony Donnelly) have put a big dent in their target of 1966, and have over 536 different venues already willing to participate in their World Cup World Record stunt. Most of the locations signed up to participate so far are in the US and UK, although they also have pubs taking part in Hong Kong, Brazil, Spain, Australia and Italy. Although they are still a long way from their goal, they are optimistic that they will hit their target come June 12th.

“We’re only just starting to promote the event publicly,” said Eyre. “It’s incredible the help and support we’re getting from other Brits abroad that want to help out.” With no marketing budget and just a lot of hard work, the pair is working day and night via the internet and on the phone contacting as many new venues as possible.

Pubs wishing to participate can contact the Laddz at worldrecord@theladdz.com and the track “Chant Like an English Fan” can be heard on their website www.theladdz.com and will be available on download from itunes on May 31st. “For obvious reasons, we tried to get the Song played during the friendly against Egypt earlier this year, but the FA declined,” Donnelly said, glumly. “But the crowning glory of this whole event would be, if they’d agree to play it during the half time of the actual match in South Africa!”

Although Guinness World Records have declined to formally acknowledge this new World Record attempt, the team is optimistic that the event will be so large and gain so much publicity that it will eventually have to be acknowledged as a new World Record.

About: Bootlace Records is an independent record label co-owned and created by producer, Stephe Meloy, and co-writers Richard Eyre and Anthony Donnelly. They are the inspiration behind the Laddz and their debut World Cup England Song “Chant Like an English Fan”.  For more information, see www.theladdz.com or email them at worldrecord@theladdz.com

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It’s A Funny Old Game…

April 24, 2010

Some funny facts about our song “Chant Like an English Fan” by The Laddz, and some very early predictions…

Liam Sternberg, the writer and composer of the music and lyrics for “Walk Like an Egyptian” upon which “Chant” is based, is a Frenchman. Boo, hiss…!

“Walk Like an Egyptian” was originally performed by the brilliant girl band, The Bangles, who are American… England is playing the US in their first match on June 12th… more booing and hissing…!

The FA refused to play “Chant” at half-time during the friendly England vs Egypt match at Wembley earlier this year… boo, boo, hisssss…!

Now, some early predictions by Mad Ant based on the above… Perhaps some people won’t like our track because of the Egyptian, American, and French associations, but…

England WILL BEAT America 3 – 0 in their June 12th match…

The crowd at Wembley would have loved the song, but England still beat Egypt 4 – 0

If England is plays against France, England will win 2 – 1 after leading 1 – 0 at half-time…

Only time will tell, if Mad Ant is really a football tipster psychic, but the games are only a few weeks away now, and you read it here first…! Hoorah…!!!

REMEMBER: we need all the support we can get for our track, call your local DJ, radio station, or email them, ask for them to play our song, tell your friends, your neighbours, download our ringtone… play it at school, at work, at home… England’s gonna bring the Cup back home this year!!!

Chant Like a United Fan…!

March 13, 2010

Some exciting Barclays Premier League action promised tomorrow afternoon with the upcoming match between Manchester United and Fulham at Old Trafford. The Laddz have it on very good authority that Alan Keegan (http://www.alankeegan.co.uk/), the official compere at Old Trafford, will be giving “Chant Like an English Fan” a blast out to all the fans during half-time at the match.

“This is probably one of the greatest pre-birthday gifts I could ever have wished for,” beams Donnelly, co-writer of the song. “I won’t tell you how old I’ll be later this month, but it’s a bit of a milestone. I’m ecstatic at how well ‘Chant’ is being taking onboard by fans and supporters this year, it’s brilliant!”

Unfortunately our meagre marketing budget didn’t stetch far enough for tickets, but we hope at least some of the fans will catch on to the ‘Chantability’ of the track and adapt the chorus to a stand-stomping:

“Ay-oh whey-oh, ay-oh whey-oh… Chant like a United fan… come an’ score a goal, if you think you’re fast enough!”

We’d obviously love to hear some feedback from any die-hard Man Utd fans that are going to the match, to hear how the supporters reacted to the chant. Naturally a HUGE shout-out of thanks goes to Mr Keegan for plugging our track at such a large event.

Thank you very much, and United boys make us proud…!

Hear the track here: http://myspace.com/theladdz

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Fan Mail: Chant Ideas…

February 12, 2010

Thanks for all the support for our “unofficial” World Cup 2010 England song. It’s still months away, but we’re excited at the attention our catchy (albeit corny) little Chant is getting.

We thought this was a great idea from a fan who emailed us, we hope it catches on…

Hi Laddz,

I love the song and I’ll be sure to chant it for the World Cup, but in the meantime I hope you don’t mind me changing it a little and chanting it from the stands. You could write lyrics for all the UK clubs! I just shout out:

“Chant like a Vil-la fan… Come an’ score a goal, if ya fink ya fast enough…!”

Mike

Thanks for that idea, Mike. In fact that’s a great thing about our track – you can adapt it to almost any team you support prior to the World Cup. We’d love to hear from any other fans that have started to shout it out at their local games, feel free to change it. Richard prefers:

“Chant like a Man U fan…”

REMEMBER: Full details and lyrics at http://myspace.com/theladdz and follow us @twitter.com/theladdz