25 February 2014
Prescott - ACR for BBC World Cup Theme? 
In a bizarre politics / football / post-punk funk crossover, former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has recommended A Certain Ratio's Si Firmi O Grido to Gary Lineker for the BBC World Cup Rio 2014 theme tune in a verified exchange on Twitter (see below).

Backed up with a classic video clip, Mr Prescott provides a compelling argument for the upcoming football fest and, according to Mr Lineker, the tune has yet to be decided so maybe this has some legs.

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The Names

Post punk cult band The Names emerged in the winter of 1977-1978 as The Passengers, gathering immediate attention on the local Brussels scene. In 1979, after a series of successful gigs and a crucial step forward opening for Magazine, they recorded their first E.P. ("Spectators Of Life") and attracted the interest of prominent label Factory Records in Manchester.

Their first British studio session (at Stockport's Strawberry Studio) produced the single "Nightshift" / "I Wish I Could Speak Your Language (Fac 29). Receiving enthusiastic reviews in the UK and abroad, it marked the start of a long and fruitful collaboration with producer Martin Hannett. The album "Swimming" followed as well as more singles, including "Calcutta" and "The Astronaut".

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