Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Leicester City & Supporters - Filbert Street Blues

I am indeed a Leicester City supporter. Jordan is from Middlesbrough, but as far as I know, he doesn't support Middlesbrough. Mary is an adopted Leicester City fan and Johnny, Jake, Cornelius and Steven are all stateside. Which allows me to say... Music Review Database is a (un)official Leicester City follower. There's something quite profound about football songs. New Order's only number one single was a football song, "World In Motion". It's catchy, and incredibly cheesy. John Barnes delivers a rap verse and Keith Allen's penned chorus (in-ger-land) adds to the humour and worldwide recognition as England's number one football song. I feel cherished to own a copy of this album. An album which many Leicester City fans may not have heard, and may not ever hear. This album is dated and it's very subjective in terms of lyrical content, but it's astonishingly beautiful.

It starts with a wah-wah guitar and an instrumental dating back to 1974. City legends Frank Worthington and Keith Weller are among the Leicester team giving the vocal. "This Is The Season For Us" has lovely vocal hooks and the brass endings are significant over the wah wah and distorted team vocal. The same team return on the following track "The Tank". Peter Shilton (Leicester's best keeper since Gordon Banks) is present and adds to the fame. This track has a military twang. The country beat is noticeable and the talkative vocal shines bright among the brass hooks and drumming breaks. The football traditional anthems can be heard as the pre-chorus.

"Champions" has a lad vibe. The vocal is respectful and has a banging trumpet running in the background. The vocal takes control as the lads talk about other teams 'fearing' then manager Jock Wallace. This period included the well-known Gary Lineker, who may have been present during the recording (pending response from Gary). The Band of The Royal Marines perform the "Post Horn Gallop" to great appreciation. This is an outstanding instrumental and an instrumental used by Leicester City as their opening music for many years. It's delightful to hear and has many fast paced segments and slower, more melancholic segments of pure military wooziness.

The jangly "Yes We're Back" is among the most futile on the album. The lyrics are bland and have and have a charismatic, subjective approach to Leicester’s 'superiority'. It becomes tiring listening to the verses because the lyrics don't match reality. The chorus has some existence, as Leicester are forever jogging between divisions. It's the longest track at 4.43, and rightfully has a 90's dance theme among the twinkling percussion and electronic beat. Then "Oh Leicester City" enters with offensive prejudice to Trinidad & Tobago. The 'calypso' instrumental takes on a thunderous drum beat and Caribbean percussion to ignite the laddish vocal with intoxication and 'de man' vocal hooks.

"Follow The Foxes" is among my favourites from the compilation. It has a brilliant brass section which is used in allegiance to the electronic football cheers and the high pitched drones. The drum beat is much like New Order or Kraftwerk, with the vocalists 'The Back Four' singing with passion. They continue this on the reverberated "The Glory Boys In Blue". With clapping and 'LEICESTER' screams, the track has a decisive vocal which raises the spirits of any football fan. I can guarantee they'll have you singing along in unison. The chorus and verses are like primary school music lessons. I can't pin their names down to the era, but the four singers deliver the basics. Sometimes it's the basics that create something quite prolific: "Hear the cheer of city fans everywhere, showing us that you really care."

"Blue Army Blues" delivers a lounge-esque instrumental with the 'Jamaican'-esque vocal with the repetitive 'BLUE ARMY!!' chants being used as the chorus. This whole album is both awful and amazing at the same time. Kev Price sings the woeful "Wembley Roar", the sad track on the album. It's about Leicester’s ever increasing visits to Wembley football stadium for play-off hopes and league cup attempts. The track has a nice acoustic guitar, but the computerized 'reggae' style annoys the values out of me. Taking a change of direction with "The FNF Rap". "Filbert Fox Songs" deliver two tracks of Christmas event fun. The FNF Rap has a brilliant beat and an exciting vocal but has pretty standard lyrics. It's not as memorable as 'The Filbert Fox Song'. It's like 'Aqua' gone football. Kids scream in joy with Filbert the Fox, Leicester's mascot. The vocal is very basic and hyper filled, with energetic computerised beats... Nothing to see here.

High hopes and a past manager is reflected in the enigmatic "We're Going Up". It has a brilliant pre-chorus section when the Leicester boys sing the 'e i e i e i o' track only pre-premiership teams know. This track has a fantastic beat and a courteous vocal which separates itself from every other track on the album as a clear standout. The wah-wah guitar returns for the updated version of "This Is The Season For Us". It's not exactly updated, it's just lost some of its stature. 

"Flowing Tears" is another depressing Leicester City track. it's about Leicester’s woes at Wembley in 1993 and 1992. It's not the strongest of tracks, but it does have an exciting chorus. "Come And Join Us" is both cheesy and brilliant. It's not the fastest or strongest of instrumentals, but the chorus has its pros. The whole track is one computer filled mimic. "The Joe Jordanaires" then deliver the best track on the album, "Frank Worthington". Its hilarity is ensured by the outstanding Elvis Presley impression. Kev Price wraps off his three tracks with the namedropping "Leicester Boys". He mentions Peter Shilton and Gary Lineker among many born and bred Leicester boys who are now famous. It's a delicious look back at Leicester’s great football heritage. 

Punk guitars and an 'Oi!' styled vocal closes off the album with 'Ray Nardfox' singing "We're Back Where We Belong". The pre-chorus build up is outstanding is amazing, and then the blue army chorus of the title track just blows through the speakers like a Wire track. It's a delightful ending to the album, from the 1974 "This Is The Season For Us" to the long winded "Yes We're Back", this album has everything you need to be a well-respected, well informed Leicester City fan driving to an away game.

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