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James Fox & Cardiff City FC: 'Bluebirds Flying High'

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James Fox & Cardiff City FC: 'Bluebirds Flying High'
Released on Monday, May 5 2008

Pop songs about football tend to be pretty dodgy. For every 'World In Motion' and 'Three Lions', there's Ant and Dec's 'We're On The Ball' or Embrace's dire 'World At Your Feet'. Despite an endless list of car-crash singles (Arsenal FC's 'Hot Stuff' in 1998 and Man United's 1994 effort 'Come On You Reds' spring to mind), the chaps in shorts will insist on putting down their footballs and having a go on the mike come FA Cup final time.

Former UK Eurovision hopeful and Cardiff City fanatic James Fox is the latest singer aiming to unite the worlds of footy and rock. He pays tribute to the Bluebirds' remarkable cup run with a piano-led anthem that takes on the uncomfortable challenge of listing the Welsh team's players in its lyrics ("Little Rambo's like a tank, scoring goals there's Hasselbaink"). Then there's the compulsory backing vocals from the Cardiff squad and a cracking flag-waving chorus that just about saves the track from complete oblivion. Unfortunately, the odds of anybody outside of Cardiff City FC remembering this tune in a year's time is roughly equal to your local pub team's chances of winning the Champions' League.

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