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This was the official song of the England football squad for the 2006 World Cup, which was held in Germany. Singer Danny McNamara recalled to the NME June 5, 2010: "We didn't apply to do this. They just asked us. Our manager said, 'Do you want to do the World Cup song? The FA want to know.' I asked my dad and he said, 'if you think you're up to it-do it!' I was just trying to cover all the bases."
The song was the follow-up to Embrace's previous single, the #2 hit "Nature's Law", and this became another commercial success for the English band, marking their second consecutive UK Top 3 single by peaking at #3 in the UK Singles Chart. The song jumped from #38 to #3 and the 35 place valult set a record as the biggest ever Top 40 leap, passing the 34 place jump registered by "You Drive Me Crazy" by Shakin' Stevens, when it catapulted from #39 to #5 in 1982.
The only Irishman to play at Woodstock (backing Joe Cocker), Henry was an early member of Paul McCartney's band Wings.
One of the most successful songwriters in the business, Desmond co-wrote "Livin' La Vida Loca," "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" and "Livin' On A Prayer."
Loudon Wainwright III
"Dead Skunk" became a stinker for Loudon when he felt pressure to make another hit. His latest songs deal with mortality, his son Rufus, and picking up poop.