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Viva Video CXVIII

Viva Viva Viva Video! Sorry, I’m working on a Viva Video signature tune, but its proving difficult as I’ve got the Thundercats theme stuck in my head. But enough of my worries, how’s your week been? OK? Get that problem at work sorted out? Finally pluck up the courage to ask out Sandra? Thought not you wuss. Anyway, your week is about to pick up briefly with our weekly dose of increasingly obscure media.

Oddly, whilst modern day footballers involve themselves in all manner of off the pitch frivolity from opening boutiques to endorsing holiday companies, it is increasingly rare to see professional footballers assaulting the pop charts. Just by making reference to ‘pop charts’ I’ve already outed myself as being uncool, so can completely empathise with the many painful attempts to move from the pitch to the recording studio made by footballers in recent decades. 

Producing a record was part and parcel of any FA Cup Final appearance, and token material for the truncated television build-up, along with going to buy the Cup Final suit, and the hilarious meet the team section when the club wag would regail us with ‘banter’ about Steve Nicol’s awful taste in shoes. But, so fascinated were they by the chance to appear on Top of the Pops some football clubs couldn’t even wait ’til they reached an FA Cup Final, including this weekend’s opponents Nottingham Forest.

In February 1978 Forest churned out their take of He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, in which they ingeniously changed the words ‘He’ to ‘we’ve’ and ‘his’ to ‘our’. Its easy to scoff looking back it now, but at the time it was just as rubbish. Indeed you can see how delighted Martin O’Neil is to be part of things, so much so that by the 2 minute mark on this video he’s already played a clever substitution and got a life-sized lookalike ventriloquists dummy to stand in for him. An idea shamelessly ripped off in the film Escape to Victory the following year. Enjoy…


About glen wilson

Former schoolboy, Glen Wilson writes on football and travel and has been editor of the award-winning popular STAND fanzine since before the award.


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