Snooker Loopy

Album: Double Bubble (1986)
Charted: 6
  • As might be expected from its title, this is a novelty song about snooker. It entered the UK Singles Chart at number 98 on April 19, 1986, the day the World Championship opened in Sheffield, a fact that could hardly be attributed to coincidence. Although it is based on the leading lights of the game, it was almost certainly inspired by the previous year's final, which features in the song, and which has been described as the greatest match ever played.

    Snooker was originated in Colonial India as an offshoot of the game pink pool; the original meaning of the word was a first year cadet at the Woolwich Military Academy. The World Championship was initiated in 1927, and was dominated by the legendary Joe Davis, who won it a record fifteen times, but it was not really until the mercurial Alex "Hurricane" Higgins hit the scene that it really took off with the public. In 1977, the World Championship moved to the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, where in 1981 Steve Davis (no relation to Joe) notched up the first of six world titles. In the 1985 final he was hot favourite to regain the title, especially after reeling off the first 8 frames against Irishman Dennis Taylor, who had taken to wearing enormous glasses, but incredibly Taylor fought back, until they were down to the final ball in the final frame. With his fourth title in five years beckoning, Davis missed a relatively easy black; potting the ball not only won Taylor the crown but put him in front for the first time ever in the match.
    By the time this epic final was played, sports promoter Barry Hearn had more or less consolidated his grip on the game, among other things he managed Steve Davis, expanded the number of tournaments and set out on a mission to take the game to the world. Probably the most noticeable feature of the game is its exemplary professional standards, which are due in no small part to Hearn: suits, ties, professional etiquette and rigorously enforced discipline at all times. As both Hearn and Davis hail from the East End of London, it was probably inevitable with Hearn's flair for publicity that his Matchroom stable would hook up with the lads from Rockney. The video was recorded at Hearn's Romford HQ.
  • The B-side is a song called "Wallop/Snookered." It should be pointed out that technically there is no such thing as a snooker cue; snooker is played with billiards cues, and on a billiards table, not as in the song. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2
  • The snooker players who appear on this track and the accompanying video are Steve Davis, Tony Griffths, Tony Meo, Dennis Taylor and Willie Thorne.
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  • Diana Lyons from LeedsThis may be historic - but how could the fact that you referred to Terry Griffiths, former World and UK champion as 'Tony' be let pass all these years? Sloppy Loopy perhaps!
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