It’s been a long while since my football team was last in action – Saturday 7 March to be precise – and the pre-match playlist that day was curated especially to reflect that we were using the occasion to acknowledge International Womens’ Day.
Despite the fact we have had no games – home or away – the creative talents behind the match programme have been producing a weekly bulletin to download or read online, with important updates and information from the manager, players, and directors.
There’s also been a few things to keep fans occupied or entertained such as a look back at past games, anagrams that are Rovers related, themed quizzes and, for younger readers, a page in which you can colour-in a photo of a current player.
My weekly contribution has been a column entitled ‘Music for Our Times’ with five songs picked out to reflect a theme. The initial efforts were linked to football but then I began to focus on the lockdown itself, including the role played by emergency workers, the advice being provided to us by scientists, and the desire of everyone to have things return to normal. But, just in case it was getting too serious for everyone, I then did five songs about barbers/hairdressers!
This week’s bulletin was published today. My piece was submitted last Tuesday. I have to stay within a limit of 500 words. Here’s what has been printed.
There’s been one story dominating the headlines this week. Here’s a bumper edition of Music for Our Times.
1. No Regrets – Robbie Williams
A hit single back in 1999, lifted from the album ‘The Ego Has Landed’
2. Driving In My Car – Madness
The Nutty Boys from Camden, London took this all the way to #4 in the charts back in1982. It would later, in 2010, be included on the re-release of the album ‘The Rise and Fall’.
3. Get Outta London – Aztec Camera
A ballad that you can find on the 1990 album ‘Stray’. The words in the chorus are somewhat appropriate to this week’s theme:
“Get outta London, while the getting’s good,
Get outta London, while I know I could”
4. Durham Town – Roger Whittaker
An easy-listening number from 1969. It is actually about taking leave of the north-east, but when you think about it, you can only get away from somewhere if you’ve actually been there in the first place.
5. Hit The Road Jack! – Ray Charles
Feel free to join in with the next line of this one from way back in 1962:
‘And don’t you come back no more……’
6. Unbelievable – EMF
Jumping forward now to 1990 and the catchy debut single from a London dance-rock band that went all the way to #3:
“The things, you say,
Your purple prose just gives you away,
The things, you say,
7. Brassneck – The Wedding Present
The Wedding Present, from Leeds, have been part of the indie-music scene in the UK since 1986. Graeme Ramsay, who was a member of the band between 2006 and 2012, is a Raith Rovers fan. This particular song dates back to 1990. It has the chorus of “I just decided I don’t trust you anymore.”
8. Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)- James
Another band that has been around for decades, and who enjoyed huge success in the 90s playing gigs and arenas all across the UK and Europe. This particular single came along a little bit later, in 2001, and it reached #22.
9. Gimme Some Truth – John Lennon
A song from 1971 that expresses frustration with deceptive politicians and hypocrisy.
10. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word – Elton John
“It’s sad, so sad (so sad) ,It’s a sad, sad situation, And it’s getting more and more absurd”
As the Rovers Review Bulletin is a publication read by folk of all ages, I couldn’t include the song above all others that sums things up. Sweary words warning:
He’s right, you know.
PS: Here’s a link should you want to download the bulletin. Click here