The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music -

THE cycli­cal re­gard­ing the mer­its of NRL com­pared with AFL and rugby union may never be set­tled, but there is one thing I can tell you with ut­most con­fi­dence and that is that AFL has the best songs. Footy tunes should al­ways fea­ture ‘‘ trad. arr.’’ in the cred­its and should be ren­dered in a clunky man­ner by banjo and bu­gle play­ers wear­ing boater hats. To hell with rock an­thems; Mark Sey­mour — like Tina Turner and Jimmy Barnes — has no place at the grand fi­nal. Hell no. Footy songs are old. The sec­ond- last great footy song writ­ten was Mike Brady’s Up There Cazaly and the last, That’s the Thing About Foot­ball, was writ­ten by Greg Cham­pion some time back. It con­cludes this col­lec­tion. There are a lot of funny dit­ties here. Carl­ton cop it in a re­work­ing of their club song ( Wooden Spoon), Rich­mond’s song turns into Ninth Again and The Port Boys Drive To­ranas is self- ex­plana­tory. Chang­ing the words to St Kilda’s club song, how­ever, is blas­phemy on a Rushdie scale and soured what had been a happy lis­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. A fatwa on the South Aus­tralian heretic. Footy Songs 1998- 2007 Greg Cham­pion: The Cood­abeen Cham­pi­ons Champ

Peter Lalor

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