The choice is a tough one - but don't worry, it's not because they can't decide what's the best tune...
The Conservative Party has already commissioned a song from Mike Batt, famous for writing music for top ’70s kids’ TV show The Wombles, while the Liberal Democrats have a cover version of Stephen Gately’s ‘New Beginning’.
In 1997, Labour cruised to victory with D:Ream‘s ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ as their campaign anthem. For the 2001 election, campaign strategists are trying to decide between Primal Scream‘s ‘Movin’ On Up’ or the Lighthouse Family‘s less controversial ‘Lifted’, which was played at a recent Labour fund-raising event.
A final choice has been delayed because officials are still considering whether Primal Scream‘s ‘Movin’ On Up’, from the ‘Screamadelica’ album, is too radical for an election campaign.
The ‘Movin’ On Up’ lyric “I was blind, now I can see/You made a believer, out of me” has obvious potential for an election song, but Primal Scream‘s reputation for drugs and anti-Blair [Tony, UK Prime Minister] rhetoric might worry Labour.
A spokeswoman for Primal Scream said there was no comment from the band as they had not been officially approached.
A Labour Party spokesman told NME.COM: “There’s lots of speculation but we have not made a decision yet.” Earlier reports that Labour dropped plans to use [url=]S Club 7 after the three male members of the band were caught smoking cannabis were denied.
For a full blow-by-blow rundown of the electoral rock ‘n’ roll anthem battle, see this week’s NME on sale throughout the UK now.