Years ago the showbands used to play every night of the week in a different part of the country. Sometimes, north, sometimes south. Sometimes in an Catholic area, sometimes Protestant. A friend who used to play in one, told me a possibly apocryphal story about one particular night, when the trombonist hadn’t been needed for the last song. Having been on the road for weeks – possibly months – he grabbed a kip. Then, as the night ended, another band member shoved him roughly and just said, “Anthem!” He stood up and launched into the Soldier’s Song. Apparently you could have heard a pin drop. It was an Orange Hall. It seems that someone at top games company EA had fallen asleep so to speak, when they programmed their football game to play same song when the simulated Northern Ireland team won. Hat tip: TAFKABO.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty