Our Seán is putting together a Xmas CD for another Forest fan. He e-mailed a few of us for suggestions.
His initial ideas included the obvious - Paper Lace with the Burns / Gemmill / Robbo / Shilton team singing 'We've Got the Whole World in Our Hands' (and the old Trent End singing our version of 'Mull of Kintyre' as an outro).
Also featured: 'You Lost that Lovin' Feelin' (a current anthem) and 'Land of Hope and Glory' (again, we have a version).
So, with only three songs on the CD, we were stuck. Then Seán suggested 'Sunday Girl' by Blondie (Number One in late May 1979)
He also suggested 'something with Robin Hood in it' though NOT the Bryan Adams one.
Then 'Give him a ball and a yard of grass' by The Sultans of Ping FC was suggested. It's suitable because the singer supports Forest and the title is from a comment by Brian about John Robertson (and the song also includes a reference to The Son of God as well).
Because Phil Chevron of The Pogues is a Forest fan, I suggested 'Thousands are Sailing', but that was dismissed as 'tenuous.'
Colin (someone else in the loop here) suggested 'Please Don't Go' by KWS (a Nottingham band - the song was written - unsuccessfully - to persuade Des Walker not to go to Sampadoria) and 'Insomnia' by Faithless as it is the current five-to-three standard at The City Ground.
In fact, Colin deserves further discussion here.
A quote from Colin: "I've got a CD with a recording of Brian Clough doing a Shredded Wheat advert." (he also has the Paper Lace song as an MP3). Colin's two kids have 'Brian' and 'Pearce' respectively as middle names. Thankfully, they are both boys.
Redeeming himself, he also has a punk song about Stuart Pearce on a compilation which will feature on the CD. Probably.
Psycho is a well-known Stranglers fan. I suggested 'Something Better Change' or 'No More Heroes' to reflect the current ignominy. I also mentioned that the singer from The Manic Street Preachers is a Forest Fan. Colin suggested 'Everything Must Go' or 'A Scream to a Sigh'.
But his best one was 'If you tolerate this, then your children will be next'.
How apposite. (in case you missed me bragging about this earlier, this was picked up here and here).
While we're on the subject, does anyone have a copy of the original 'Robin Hood' ("...Robin Hood, riding through the glen")?
More celebrity Forest fans here.
Update: Seán says "Bizzarely you can get "Robin Hood" sung by a very diverse bunch of artistes, ranging Ocean Colour Scene, to the amusing Goons,the twee Irish band Clannad and lots of other "folk" groups. There is a jazz version by Louis Prima, a heavy version by D.O.A. and one by the Moscow Symphony."
He has settled for Hector Cortez and his Formation from the "You Reds" 1996 classic football album (which is a new one on me).