It's all getting a bit star-studded...

BERNARD BUTLER is the latest rock star to sign up for XFM’s ‘SONG FOR EUROPE 2004’ and will head into the studio this weekend (May 15/16) along with Delays, SUPERGRASS and [a][/a].

The stars will all be contributing to XFM’s football anthem ‘Born In England’, which will be released on Monday 7 June.

Already ‘Cold Feet’ actor James Nesbitt has lent his vocals to the track, which was written by XFM’s Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show listeners The Wheatleys. O’Connell had launched a competition to find a credible football song for this year’s European Championships.


The song will be released under the name Twisted X, and all proceeds will go to Help A London Child.

On Monday afternoon (May 17) 500 XFM listeners will join O’Connell at the Open Air Theatre in the capital’s Regents Park where they will sing along to the chorus and star in the video.

Butler told O’Connell this morning (May 14) that it’s the video to which he is most looking forward.

He said: “Will it be a Band-Aid style video? ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ is my favourite video ever, I’ve always wanted to do something like that.”

Talking about ‘Born In England’, the guitarist said: “I’ve heard it, it’s a hit, ‘ker-ching’ that’s what I think. And when I add my bit, it’s going to be a guitar frenzy, walls of guitar.”

However ‘Born In England’ will face competition for the top spot as The Farm’s Peter Hooton is re-releasing the group’s ‘All Together Now’ for the Football Association.


Hooton called O’Connell to challenge Twisted X to a chart battle. He said: “I think let the battle commence as far as I’m concerned. I hope you do very well with it, I just hope we do better with ours.”

O’Connell replied: “I was going to say the same to you. On Monday we’re inviting 500 listeners to come and sing on the chorus, so you’re more than welcome to come along and sing on it too, it’s the only way you’ll see Number One.”