1. The DJ who managed to get Rage Against The Machine to Christmas number one in a protest against Simon Cowell’s X Factor has joined a campaign hoping to get the late Rik Mayall’s World Cup song “Noble England” to the top of the charts.
The British comedian died aged 56 on Monday.
And three fans have now started a Facebook group hoping to get a song Mayall recorded for the 2010 World Cup to number one in the UK charts.
2. The creators of the group said:
In 2010 Rik Mayall recorded a song called ‘Noble England’ on the eve of that year’s World Cup in South Africa.
Sadly on the eve of this year’s World Cup we lost Rik, so a few of us thought it would be a nice idea to try and get him in the charts as a tribute to a legend.
We are just 3 Rik fans hoping to give him a good send off!
3. The Facebook group has already received over 10,000 likes and a Twitter account has also been launched.
4. And DJ Jon Morter, who organised the 2009 protest against X Factor, has now joined their cause.
5. Commenting on the campaign, he said:
It would be a great thing for Rik’s memory. He was a comedy legend. Rage Against The Machine was more of a protest whereas this campaign seems to be a way of displaying respect. It’s a vehicle for a lot of people to say something and it would be a great accolade.
In 2010 the song didn’t do so well because there were so many others out there. It’s a cruel irony that on the eve of the World Cup we have lost him. It’s now time for everyone to wake up to this fantastic song.
6. “Nobel England” features Mayall delivering lines from Shakespeare’s Henry V.
At the time, Mayall said of the song: “Football chants are one of the great traditions of following football and Shakespeare is also part of our national heritage.
“It seemed only natural that they should go together.”