Rik Mayall single climbs 27 places in chart following campaign

'Noble England' now sits just outside the Top 10

The late Rik Mayall’s ‘Noble England’ climbed 27 places in the Official UK Singles Chart overnight, and now looks set to enter the Top 10.

The Official Charts Company reports that Mayall’s track climbed from 38 to 11 following the publication of the midweek charts yesterday (June 11).

Mayall recorded the song ahead of the 2010 World Cup, 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, which can be heard below, 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 found 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.