Vindaloo

Album: Greatest Hits (1998)
Charted: 2
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Songfacts®:

  • This song was made by an England football supporter during the World Cup. The song is very comedic and only parts of it get to the "main point" which is England wining the world cup, which didn't really happen. This song is often played at football matches.
  • The title came very late in the planing of the song. Fat Les got up to the lyric "We're off to waterloo" (referring to a war that England won) and he picked a random rhyme "Vindaloo" which became the name of the song.
  • The video is about as random as the song, with loads of weird characters marching down the street. Bits of the video are a parody of The Verve and feature either Richard Ashcroft or his lookalike. You can make out where the parody takes place with him smacking into people as Ashcroft does in the "Bittersweet Symphony." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mjn Seifer - England, for all above
  • In 2021, a group of celebrities came together to record a charity version titled "Vindaloo Two" to raise money for the NHS and mark the start of Euro 2020. Among the famous faces are actors Will Mellor and Danny Dyer, TV personalities Paddy McGuinness, Keith Lemon, Happy Mondays' Bez and Rowetta, and original Fat Les member Keith Allen.

Comments: 5

  • Tony from West Yorkshire The original title for the song was going to be chicken tikka masala, which was the most popular takeout in England at the time. However Keith Allen couldn’t think of any other words that rhymed so it became vindaloo instead.
  • Jarvis from London, UkWaterloo in the song does not refer to the famous battle of 1815, but rather the train station in London (which was named after the battle). At the time of the song's release, it was the London terminal for the Eurostar - the direct train to France, where the Football (soccer) World Cup was taking place in 1998 (which is what the song was written for). Nowadays the Eurostar goes from St Pancras (word has it the French got annoyed about Waterloo, since they lost the battle). The song is an affectionate, good natured tribute to English football lore and football fans, and the sort of chant they render when at matches.
  • Darren from Aberdeenshire, United Kingdomthe annoying guy in the shirt - main singer Keith Allen, is equally as annoying as his daughter, who's a so called singer - Lilly Allen!!!!

    However, keith is famous for his acting and has been in such films as Shallow Grave - the lodger: Trainspotting - the buy for the cocain begbie and co are selling in a London hotel room.....and is 100% hilarious set in wales, as the farmer whos high on magic mushrooms and has his way with a sheep - Twin town
  • Mjn Seifer from Not Listed For Personal Reason, EnglandI never knew that. Thanks Dave.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesThe video was a spoof of The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony", however, the video for "Bittersweet Symphony" was itself a spoof of the similarly titled "Unfinished Sympathy" video, a 1991 hit for Massive Attack in collaboration with Shara Nelson
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