Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Warning: Post on Irish folk to follow

Ah, The Tones.

Banned on Radio Eireann, banned on Aer Lingus flights (thank-you, Roy Beggs, Jr.), banned at Celtic Park.

The last banning came as a result of the song "Celtic Symphony." Written in 1987 in honor of Glasgow Celtic's 100th anniversary, the tune honors the Bhoys' victory in the 1967 European Cup over Inter Milan. Nicknamed The Lisbon Lions, they were the first British squad to be crowned European champions.

Besides honoring the team's achivements, the song does feature the controversial (though catchy) chorus of, "Oh ah, up the 'RA/Say, oh ah up the 'RA." And it was this, learned The Wolfe Tones -- always ones to inject a bit of politics into their infectious brand of Irish folk -- that ultimately led to "Celtic Symphony" being summarily banned at Celtic Park. Here, Brian staunchly defended the song to Celtic, but it was to no avail.

So . . . Where does all this fit within the confines of a Scottish pop music blog? It doesn't. I'm attending tonight's Celtic match against the New England Revolution and merely wanted to upload the track. Turn it up and sing along.

Hear it for yourself. Download: "Celtic Symphony" by The Wolfe Tones.