October 21st, 2016

Punk band keep music alive after England Euro 2016 exit

Punk band keep music alive after England Euro 2016 exit Punk band keep music alive after England Euro 2016 exit
Pic by Julie Fenton. (s)
Updated: 3:45 pm, Jun 28, 2016

THE MUSIC goes on for a legendary Leamington punk band despite England’s embarrassing exit from Euro 2016 at the hands of Iceland.

The band’s track College Girls is being used in a video by football website and YouTube channel Copa90 – which has more than 1.5million YouTube subscribers – as part of their Euro footage.

The five-piece say they are bemused by the decision to use the track as it is more than 30 years old and nothing to do with football, having been written about students from Leamington College for Girls.

The song was written by singer Ben Browton, who at the time was a teenager, who would sit on a wall at the end of Cloister Way and watch the college girls.

It originally featured on the band’s 1979 debut ep Part of the Furniture, which featured ditties such as Wot’s For Lunch Mum? (Not Beans Again!) and (I Saw) Batman (In The Laundrette).

Guitarist Steve Richards said: “I am happy to have the song used although I find it a strange choice as there are not too many football references in the lyrics.

“I had hoped England would win the Euros, but of course I didn’t expect them to.”

The band – singer Ben, guitarists Steve and Tim Jee, bassist Gareth Holder and drummer Dave Gee have just released two new songs recorded at the town’s Woodbine Studios with producer John Rivers. Singles We’re Not Very Famous and Don’t Play Tennis are set to be released sometime soon on Sofa Records.

Search for ‘Copa90 The Euros like you’ve never seen before’ on YouTube to watch the video featuring College Girls.