United

 

Memories of watching the great Dundee United team of the 1980s. The glory days will surely come again!

Some members of the band refused to participate, believing a song about a football team that isn’t Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United or Chelsea to be beneath their dignity. As a Chelsea supporter, Gene Poole-Skimmings long ago lost any semblance of a soul, so his refusal to play piano was to be expected. Beau Strokes refused to play fiddle unless we agreed to do a song about what he calls “real football,” by which he means the American variety, a sport with about as much soul as Gene Poole Skimmings. Undeterred, Dee, Aldo, Kit and I sat down and recorded the song in the living room of Dee’s granny’s house in Broughty Ferry. A big thanks to the ladies of her bridge club for keeping quiet while we were recording. Those evenings can get pretty rowdy.

Dee is that rare beast, a St. Mirren fan, so he insisted on the reference to the Buddies Scottish Cup win in 1987, which he enjoyed almost as much as the match itself, which, needless to say, I didn’t enjoy at all.

You can also listen at SoundCloud. If you are using the SoundCloud app on your phone, choose the ‘Listen in Browser” option, not “Play on SoundCloud” to make sure you hear the latest version.  Sound Cloud refuses to fix a bug in the app which can sometimes play old versions of a song.

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