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Ancient shout-at-the-bins Northerner Mark E Smith has penned a World Cup Song, to grunt England to success in South Africa this summer. He has the field to himself, since the FA has decided not to commission an Official Dirge for 2010. In the ditty, Smith advises the team to "take care of the invention of your nation", "socks …


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  1. Harry Tuttle

    Not appreciated

    What next? Ratzinger becoming a rap singer?!

    Steer clear of priests of all stripes, if you ask me...

    1. Andrew Orlowski (Written by Reg staff)


      ...Hip Priests. They're not appreciated.

  2. Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse

    The first person to "remember 1966" gets shot!!!!!

    I am delighted to see Mark E Smith back in the news and look forward to hearing the song. The Fall are on a very short list of my favourite bands and are IMHO one of the truly authentic and seminal groups of the UK indie scene.

    Please God anything this summer must be better than that unfunny twat Frank Skinner and his "football is coming home" dirge.

    1. 4.1.3_U1

      Glitter Freeze

      Have a listen to 'Glitter Freeze' on Gorillaz' Plastic Beach album if you like Mark E Smith - my favourite track.

    2. Peter Page

      Ironic you mention Skinner

      Frank Skinner has been a huge fan of The Fall for years. I heard him wax lyrical at some length on his radio show a few months ago. And someone told me he (attempted to) interview Carry Bag Man on BBC2.

      You might now think less harshly of him next time he fails to make you chuckle or writes another song. Unless you're MES in which case no, you won't be adjusting your view.

      Longhorn. Longhorn breed.

  3. Big-nosed Pengie

    World cup?

    What world cup?

    1. DavCrav

      Yes, there is a world cup

      You know, rugby. But it's not until next year, so why are people shouting now?

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    world cup ?

    there's a world cup on ? next you'll be telling me there's a general election.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    One thing to be thankful for

    At least it means we get a few weeks of all the football bores being down the pub wearing silly glasses and not boring the arse off the rest of us.

  6. Anonymous Coward

    Kicker... Kicker Conspiracy

    MES is a proper football fan. Long before the nouveau football men he was writing songs like Kicker Conspiracy.

    Incidentally, is liking The Fall a big geek thing? Just about every fan that I know is capable of writing some code.

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