This summer’s World Cup is sure to spark a number of musical efforts, both good and bad (but mostly bad) in celebration of the events. Who can forget New Order’s “World in Motion” (below), which was among the first attempts at recording a decent song to accompany the England team’s entrance into the tournament?
New Order’s fellow Mancunian Mark E Smith is getting involved for the 2010 World Cup, and has a single set for release on May 4 under the name Shuttleworth. Billed as the unofficial song for the England team, Smith’s effort is titled “England’s Heartbeat,” and is likely to be one of the most intriguing recordings made for the tournament.
Sadly, the actual World Cup organizers are likely to be unaware of Smith’s talents, and have made Shakira’s “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)” the official anthem of the tournament. “It represents an event that has the power to unite and integrate, and that’s what this song is about,” said Shakira, who is preparing a 3-D video to celebrate. Expect many more stars to jump on this bandwagon as the Word Cup nears.