The official video has been unveiled for Shaun Ryder‘s unofficial Euro 2016 song.
The Happy Mondays man releases ‘We Are England’ this Friday (June 10) to coincide with the start of the football tournament held in France.
The single is being released under the band name Four Lions, as Ryder and Black Grape bandmate Kermit are joined by Paul Oakenfold and Goldie on the song. Oakenfold produced Happy Mondays’ 1990 album ‘Pills ‘N Thrills And Bellyaches’.
Its video was shot in London, Manchester, Los Angeles, Thailand and at Creation Records boss Alan McGee’s home in Wales. It features cameos from Bez and Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh.
Ryder says of the clip: “Hopefully our song and the video will send out a positive vibe to the England fans and put a smile on their faces. We made this for the real heroes of our country, the working men and women of England.”
Watch the video below.
The track is Black Grape’s second England football song. In 1996, they released ‘England’s Irie’, featuring Keith Allen and Joe Strummer. It reached No 6 in the same year as The Lightning Seeds reached No 1 with their official England song ‘Three Lions’ with comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner.
Also in 1996, Black Grape also released ‘Fat Neck’, a tribute song to Karl “Fat Neck” Power, a football prankster most famous for gatecrashing Manchester United’s team photo before United’s Champions League game against Bayern Munich in 2001.
Despite releasing another football song, Manchester United fan Ryder has admitted he hates discussing the sport. He appeared on BBC1’s Room 101 in 2015 saying people who talk about football are “boring”.
After reuniting for the 20th anniversary of debut album ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight…Yeah’ in 2015, Black Grape go on tour this November.
Black Grape will play:
Norwich Waterfront (November 11)
Cambridge Junction (12)
Minehead Shiine Weekender (13)
Liverpool O2 Academy (17)
Hull Welly (18)
Glasgow O2 ABC (23)
Edinburgh Liquid Rooms (24)
Aberdeen Beach Ballroom (25)
London Electric Ballroom (December 7)
Nottingham Rock City (8)
Wakefield Warehouse 23 (9)
Galway Roisin Dubh (22)
Dublin Vicar Street (23)