Attila/Seagulls Ska single Tom Hark (We Want Falmer!) released today......
BRIGHTON FANS HEADING FOR THE CHARTS!
The whole things daft
Tom Hark (We Want Falmer) by Seagulls Ska is released today (Monday January 3rd 2005) having been at number one in both the amazon.co.uk Hot Pre-Release Chart and the Best Selling Singles list at hmv.co.uk for most of the last three weeks, outselling Elvis among many others! On release day it was number 2 at futurechart.co uk, the website which predicts whats going into the Top 40.
Its Albion Poet In Residence Attila the Stockbrokers rewrite of the Piranhas classic football hit recorded by a bunch of ska-loving Brighton fans, reclaiming the song for the Piranhas home town with new lyrics supporting Brighton & Hove Albions five year campaign for our new stadium at Falmer. All profits from the single will go to our cash-strapped clubs Alive & Kicking Fund.
The single is released on the Falmer For All label, manufactured and distributed by our main sponsors Skint Records. As things stand the plan is well on track - the plan being to hit the Top 40 in the Sunday following release (9th Jan) and gain extra publicity for our stadium campaign, one month before the public enquiry restarts....
The single is available from all national branches of HMV and Virgin, from many independent stores in the Brighton area including Rounder Records in Brighton Square (The Lanes) tel 01273 325440 and globally online via hmv.co.uk and amazon.co.uk; click on the links to order on line - all sales count towards the chart
Most of you will know that I am the Poet in Residence, PA announcer
and DJ at Brighton & Hove Albion FC,the football club I have supported
all my life.
Firstly: I am doing a marathon non-stop SPONSORED GIG in aid of Brighton
& Hove Albion FCs Keep the Albion Alive & Kicking
Fund next Sunday (November 28th) at my local, the Evening Star
in Surrey Street, Brighton, 2 minutes walk from Brighton Station.
Secondly: on January 3rd Seagulls Ska are releasing a new version of the Piranhas classic ska football hit Tom Hark with new lyrics penned and sung by yours truly, in an Otway style attempt to take our campaign for our new stadium at Falmer into the Top 10. It will be marketed by our main club sponsor, Skint Records. More below.
The plan is simple. In the first week of January, right after the Xmas
holiday, very few singles are released by the major companies and you
need to sell relatively few to get in the Top 20. So we aim to get Brightons
campaign for our new stadium into the charts and onto Top Of The Pops
with the backing of our club sponsor Skint Records, thousands of Albion
fans, and loads of other people from all over the country! Hopefully
Here are the sleeve notes which explain it all:
1. TOM HARK (We Want Falmer!)
A few weeks ago we had the idea of reclaiming the Piranhas national football ska hit Tom Hark for Brighton with new lyrics in support of our stadium , with the dual aim of raising money for the Albions Alive & Kicking Fund and trying to get the Falmer For All Campaign into the Top 20! The Piranhas were Brighton through and through, in the forefront of the local punk scene in the late Seventies and early Eighties. Many of us have very fond memories of their gigs at legendary Brighton venues like the Vault and the Alhambra and it has always seemed quite ironic to me to hear their song blasting out from other clubs PA systems and chanted by opposing fans.
So as part of the campaign for our new stadium at Falmer our new version of Tom Hark will be released on January 3rd along with a seriously ska version of our beloved anthem Sussex By The Sea - and the alternative 1990 Cup Final song for our rivals Chrystal Palace!
In 1997 Brightons Goldstone Ground was sold by an opportunistic moneyman called Archer, who gained control of the majority shareholding in a cynical asset stripping operation. We played our last game there on April 26 of that year. I, and many others, battled hard and long to get rid of Archer and his cronies and install a board who loved the club. We eventually succeeded, with Dick Knight, who is a true fan and a great chairman, taking the helm, but our ground had gone.
For 2 years we played home matches at Gillingham, 70 miles
away: it was at that point that I became PA announcer and DJ, to try
and bring a sense of home to the dedicated fans who would
travel 140 miles to watch a very poor side, with no money, at the bottom
of the whole League.