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The Rise and Rise of the Casual: Football and Music

Paul Wellings, 'Spend it Like Beckham', 2005

THE BEST FANZINES in the mid 80’s were The End (from Liverpool, written by Pete Hooton, lead singer of The Farm, whose single ‘Altogether Now’ got the Spoony re-mix treatment as the official Euro 2004 anthem); and two I contributed to: Boy’s Own (from London written by Terry Farley and Andrew Weatherall–now superstar DJs) and Soul Underground (from London, which was the rare groove scene’s in-house, indispensable read). The big "casual" records were Evelyn Champagne King’s ‘Love Come Down’, Universal Robot Band’s ‘Barely Breaking Even’ and Joe Smooth’s ‘Promised Land’.

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