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Sunday 28 December 2014

In Pictures and Video: When sports stars make pop music

Glenn Hoddle and Chris Waddle
Glenn Hoddle and Chris Waddle
They certainly had the haircuts for pop stardom but unfortunately not the voices. Glenn and Chris released 'Diamond Lights' in 1987, and although the music is forgettable, they did provide us with a classic appearance on Top of the Pops
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Andy Cole
In 1999, Andy Cole released a cover of The Gap Band's 'Outstanding'. Unfortunately for the then Manchester United forward it wasn't. It didn't even make the top 40
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John McEnroe
The tennis great sung with The Johnny Smyth Band in the mid-1990s. His performances were criticised and he was showered with tennis balls at some gigs before quitting in 1997
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Liverpool FC
Where to start. Lyrics to the 'Anfield Rap' include: 'We'll have to learn 'em to talk propah', the video features more shell suits than Guildford high street on a Saturday afternoon while the amount of jewellery on show makes 50 Cent look modest
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Didier Drogba and Michael Essien
Chelsea stars Didier Drogba and Michael Essien lent their vocals to an anti-racism song 'Skins' in 2007
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Ryan Babel
He plays in Liverpool, hails from Holland and goes under the name 'Rio'. All a little confusing, fortunately his lyrics are easier to follow: 'I know what time it is, I've just bought a new watch'
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Mark Butcher
The cricketer sings and plays guitar on his album 'Songs from the Sun House', released earlier this year
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Paul Gascoigne
'Fog on the Tyne', a collaborative effort with Lindisfarne, features the former England star singing about sausage rolls. Somehow it reached No. 2 in the charts
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Alexi Lalas
Former US star Alexi Lalas could claim to be the most successful footballer turned musician. He released two albums with his band the Gypsies before doing a Cheryl Cole and going solo with the album 'Ginger'. He also toured with Hootie & the Blowfish. With all his success you would expect him to have more than 2000 plays for his songs on MySpace
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Arsenal
Arsenal butchered Donna Summer's classic with 'Hot Stuff', released in 1998. The lyrics 'You're telling us we're boring, We'll just keep on scoring now' are bad. Enlisting a bunch of thugs to shout 'ARSENAL' over the top of the track was the nail in the coffin
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Kevin Keegan
Poodle permed Kevin Keegan released the truly dreadful 'Head Over Heels in Love' in 1979. It reached number 31 in the charts, but found more success in Germany, where it hit the dizzy heights of number 10. Some believed the 'Head Over Heels' title was a reference to his hilarious appearance on 'Superstars' which saw him take a tumble off his bike
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AB de Villiers
The South African wicketkeeper sings and plays guitar with singer Ampie du Preez on 'Maak Jou Drome Waar (Make Your Dreams Come True)', released this August
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Tottenham Hotspur
Almost unforgivably Spurs enlisted pop duo Chas & Dave four times between 1981 and 1991. Their '81 effort was the best of a bad bunch. In the video Glenn Hoddle can be seen getting a taste for pop stardom but the show belongs to the little Argentinean Ossie Ardiles who chips in, suggesting that he's going to play a blinder, with the line: 'In the Cup for Totting-Ham'
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Morten Gamst Pedersen
Blackburn midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen is a member of 'The Players', a Norwegian boy band. Think Westlife and then times the cringe factor by one million and you'll be close to understanding how awful their hit single 'This Is For Real' is
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John Daly
The US golfer recorded an album 'My Life', which featured Willie Nelson and Johnny Lee. Has also sung backing vocals on a Kid Rock album
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Slaven Bilic
If the low-level Mafia style suits and chain smoking on the touchline didn't make Bilic seem cool enough, he also plays rhythm guitar in a thrash metal band called Rawbau. He released a song that translates as Fiery Madness to coincide with Euro 2008. Imagine if England had made it. Steve McClaren on drums maybe?
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Chelsea
'Blue is the Colour', released by Chelsea in 1970, is what a football song should be like: '... We're all together and winning is our aim, so cheer us on through the sun and rain, 'cos Chelsea, Chelsea is our name.' Ridiculously simple lyrics that can be shouted by grown men
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Djibril Cisse
The flamboyant Frenchman is probably the least surprising footballer turned musician. Something to do with the yellow beard. But no-one could have predicted the title of his first single, entitled 'Shake My Play Mo, Bitch'
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Manchester United
United released 'Move Move Move' in 1996 at the height of bedroom/attic music breaking into the mainstream. It shows. The recording studio is no place for a man like Dennis Irwin
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John Barnes
New Order's 'World in Motion' is probably the only credible football song in history. It hit the top of the charts during the 1990 World Cup and is best remembered for 'The John Barnes Rap'
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Classic - and occasionally cringeworthy - examples of sportsmen heading into the recording studio

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Source: Independent

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