The pair both star in new movie ‘Mike Bassett: England Manager’, in which Tomlinson plays a hapless national coach who steers his team through the World Cup finals. The soundtrack to the film includes the track ‘On Me Head Son’ by Sporting Les, with Keith Allen on vocals.
Allen was previously involved with the official 1990 England song, ‘World In Motion’ and the unofficial 1998 World Cup song ‘Vindaloo’ by Fat Les. Now he claims he will release a reworked version of ‘On Me Head Son’ as the official England song, and Tomlinson wants to duet on it. Their combined age is 110 – more than the England defence.
Speaking exclusively to NME.COM, Allen said: “I’ve already done it. It’s the one in this film but we’ve changed the words so it’s called ‘On Me Head Not Off Me Head’. Obviously we’ll have to change the words to something that will rhyme with Japan or Korea.”
For more details see the current issue of NME (October 6), in shops in London today (October 2) and throughout the UK from tomorrow.
In related news, Ricky Tomlinson, is set to release a single, Are You Looking At Me?’ on October 22.
The single, originally recorded by Shane MacGowan‘s band The Popes, also features former Slade singer Noddy Holder. The track is backed by a cover of Ewan MacColl’s ‘Dirty Old Town’ – a track made famous by The Pogues and ‘Pogue Mahone’, co-written by Tomlinson and producer Phil Coxon, the latter’s title being Gaelic for ‘kiss my arse’.
The single appears on an album of cover versions, ‘Music: My Arse!’, which is released on October 29.