Campaign launched to get Rik Mayall World Cup song into Official UK Singles Chart
The man behind Rage Against The Machine's Christmas Number One bid is supporting it
Mayall recorded a song titled 'Noble England' ahead of the 2010 tournament but it failed to chart upon release. Jon Morter - the man behind the campaign to get Rage Against The Machine the Christmas Number One in 2009 - is now assisting a similar effort aimed at launching Mayall's track back up the charts.
The song can be heard above and features Mayall delivering lines from Shakespeare's Henry V. More information about the campaign, including download links, can be found at facebook.com/rikmayallworldcup
Speaking about the reasoning behind his campaign, Morter told the Evening Standard: "It would be a great thing for Rik’s memory. He was a comedy legend. Rage Against The Machine was more of a protest whereas this campaign seems to be a way of displaying respect. It's a vehicle for a lot of people to say something and it would be a great accolade.
"In 2010 the song didn’t do so well because there were so many others out there. It’s a cruel irony that on the eve of the World Cup we have lost him. It’s now time for everyone to wake up to this fantastic song."
Mayall was confirmed dead at his home in London on Monday (June 9). The comedian and writer is best known for his role as Rick in The Young Ones while he also appeared in Blackadder, The New Statesman and created the hit sitcom Bottom with Ade Edmondson.
Frank Turner, Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson, Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos and Edwyn Collins were among those from the music world to pay tribute to Mayall on Twitter.