For every ‘We Have a Dream’ there’s an ‘Ole Ola’ – historically, as on the park, Scotland’s track record for footballing tunes has been pretty hit-or-miss.
However, it’s hard to fault the good intentions of our indie musicians, generously working to find the Tartan Army an anthem to do the team proud at this year’s European Championships.
But which one is best suited to propel Steve Clarke’s side to glory? Here we take a look, and a listen, at the main contenders…
Skyfoss – ‘(Here We Go!) Tartan Army Boys’
The creation of Ewan Santer and Jason Blyth, the duo also write St. Johnstone’s cup anthem, and have roped in piper Cameron Drummond for added international flair.
Rudebeard – ‘Toepokes and Tragedies’
One of five tracks on the band’s ‘One Big Yes’ EP, the track was first written by Rod Drysdale in 1998 when in the Newtown Grunts but updated for 2021.
Randolph’s Leap – ‘They Didn’t See Us Coming‘
Includes BBC Scotland commentator Liam McLeod’s commentary of the penalty shoot-out win over Serbia, Adam Ross’s tune is also a fundraiser for Street Soccer Scotland and LEAP Sports.
The Fratellis – ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’
Blame Andy Considine all you like, but the Glasgow act’s cover has received the approval of the ladies of Baccara, and it”s also a funadaiser, proceeds going to The Tartan Army Children’s Charity, SoccerAid, and The Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund.
The Cundeez – ‘Kilts On, Taps Aff’
Dundee punk band formed over a decade ago who proudly sing in the Dundonian vernacular. Plus the bagpipes and kilts are no Euros novelty, rather an integral part of their sound
The LaFontaines – ‘Scotland, Bonnie Scotland’
Includes Scotland keeper David Marshall while the video features a variety of famous faces including Charlie Mulgrew, Chris Burke, Gary Caldwell, Kenny Miller, Suzanne Grant, Kris Boyd, plus Grado, Storm Huntley, and Jonathan Watson.
Neil Grant – ‘There’s Nae Team Like Scotland’
The track was actually written at the end of 2019, well before qualification, by a clearly optimistic Black Isle singer-songwriter
GBX feat. Baccara – ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’
Another take on the 70s disco hit, this time by the alter-ego of a 52-year-old (so probably old enough to remember the original) radio DJ George Bowie.
Scotch Embassy – ‘Up an’ at ’em’
Another reworked 90s tune, first written by singer/songwriter Innes Forbes when a member of Creation Records act Toaster in 1998.
Nick Morgan – ‘Our Moment’
Initially from last November, another optimistic, and indeed anthemic track from the Ayrshire singer-songwriter.