Baddiel, Skinner & The Lightning Seeds have topped off a huge 2018 by performing ‘Three Lions’ at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.
The iconic football anthem gained newfound popularity and resonance in June this year, after England’s impressive showing at the World Cup in Russia. As the nation progressed to the semi-finals against Croatia, the 1996 song saw a huge surge in streaming numbers – before eventually going to number one in the UK charts.
But as the BBC toasted the success of manager Gareth Southgate at last night’s awards, there was a chance for Frank Skinner, David Baddiel and Ian Broudie to remind the nation of 2018’s glorious summer once more.
As the above clip shows, the trio’s performance saw an original twist being provided on the track – with a gospel choir and a troupe of Bhangra musicians making an appearance.
Posting on Twitter before the performance, Baddiel wrote: “I have seen what Frank Skinner and I look like in England shirts for SPOTY tonight. It’s a bit like if, in the original 1996 video for Three Lions, we had been played by our grandfathers.”
I have seen what Frank Skinner and I look like in England shirts for SPOTY tonight. It's a bit like if, in the original 1996 video for Three Lions, we had been played by our grandfathers.
— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) December 16, 2018
In July, it was confirmed that the track had smashed a series of streaming records. As it returned to the top spot after 22 years, it marked the first time in the Official Chart’s 66-year history that a song has scored four spells at the top of the charts with the same artist line-up, the original 1996 version had two one-week stints in 1996, while the 1998 re-work had one three-week spell at the top.