The Official Fit Les Olympics Anthem

Album: Single Release Only (2012)
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Songfacts®:

  • Fit Les are a novelty band fronted by comedian, actor and father of Lily Allen, Keith Allen. The group are best known for the unofficial 1998 World Cup single "Vindaloo," which they recorded under the moniker of Fat Les. Allen recruited former Happy Mondays backing vocalist and X Factor finalist Rowetta and Actress Hands guitarist Matt Eaton for this track, the latter replacing Blur's Alex James.
  • Lyrically, this is a protest song in which Allen rallies against the corporate sponsorship of the 2012 London Olympic Games and the building of the Westfield shopping center in close proximity to the Olympic stadium. He said: "Apparently during the build up to and during the Olympics we are not allowed to demonstrate nor are we allowed to have in our houses any politically inflammatory posters that could be used in a demonstration.

    Now I think people expressing themselves through sporting activity and healthy competition is wonderful but I don't believe sport should be used to prop up and endorse rampant capitalism and the idea that 70% of spectators will have to navigate their way through Westfield is sickening."
  • The song's music video was filmed using mobile phones and camcorders, helped by members of the public.

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