Help Attila and Brighton & Hove Albion FC have a hit at the beginning of January 2005 with our new version of the Piranhas' 'Tom Hark'!

Many of you will remember Otway's Hit Campaign with 'Bunsen Burner' which got to number 9 in the charts a while back. Well, now we're having a go! Myself, the rest of my band Barnstormer, sax playing actor and Albion fan Ralph Brown, the excellent Brighton ska band Too Many Crooks and a mighty choir of Albion fans doing backing vocals have joined forces to try and get our campaign for our new stadium into the charts just after Xmas. Here is the press release we have just sent out. If you would like to support us please pre-order the single from the link as soon as possible - the reasons why are explained below.....

BRIGHTON FANS RELEASE SINGLE IN SUPPORT OF OUR NEW STADIUM AT FALMER WITH BACKING OF SPONSORS SKINT RECORDS

'Tom Hark (We Want Falmer!)' by SEAGULLS SKA on Falmer For All Records Distributed by VITAL

Please order NOW from the online & retail outlets below
Release Date Monday, January 3rd 2005
ALL PROFITS TO THE ALBION ALIVE & KICKING FUND

ORDERING ONLINE

Order online from Amazon UK here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0006V5QGG

Order online from www.hmv.co.uk here:
http://www2.hmv.co.uk/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=280;-1;-1;-1&sku=346884

Seven years since the Goldstone Ground was destroyed by uncaring moneymen, seven years of fans' campaigns - and still Brighton & Hove Albion FC doesn't have a proper home and is in severe financial difficulties. So here's another chapter in the story of the Albion supporters' battle to save our club.....

A few weeks ago we had the idea of reclaiming the Piranhas' national football ska hit 'Tom Hark' for Brighton with new lyrics in support of our stadium , with the dual aim of raising money for the Albion's Alive & Kicking Fund and trying to take the Falmer For All Campaign into the Top 20 in the month before the Public Enquiry restarts! The Piranhas were Brighton through and through, in the forefront of the local punk scene in the late Seventies and early Eighties. Many of us have very fond memories of their gigs at legendary Brighton venues like the Vault and the Alhambra and it has always seemed quite ironic to me to hear their song blasting out from other clubs' PA systems and chanted by opposing fans.

So as part of the campaign for our new stadium, 'Seagulls Ska' proudly present our new version of 'Tom Hark' along with a seriously ska version of our beloved anthem 'Sussex By The Sea' - and the alternative 1990 Cup Final song for our rivals Crystal Palace! Of course, you'll hear 'Tom Hark' at the next few Albion home games....

This record is dedicated to all the fans who have battled so long , so hard and with such creativity and imagination to keep our club alive: to the Piranhas, especially Bob Grover, who inspired it and who has given us his blessing: to Dick Knight and the Albion board, who pulled us back from the brink: and of course to the Albion players, whose dedication, commitment and self-belief against unbelievable odds have given a club with no ground and no money three promotions in four years. And to Skint for backing us. Thanks.

Attila the Stockbroker/John Baine
Poet in Residence and PA Announcer at the Albion

THE TRACKS

1. TOM HARK (We Want Falmer!) (Bopeape/Baine/Grover)
2. SUSSEX BY THE SEA (Instrumental Version) (Traditional)
3. SUSSEX BY THE SEA (Singalong Version) (Traditional)
4. ROLL UP FOR THE DONKEY DERBY.... (Baine)

ORDERING

It is vital that people who wish to support our efforts order the single as soon as possible.

Under normal circumstances, distribution and other costs mean that singles lose money. In order for this one to make money for the Club, Skint Records need to have a reasonably good idea of how many copies to press, and pre-ordering will make this possible. In addition to pre-ordered copies, if we are going to take the Albion into the charts, we obviously need to sell as many extra copies as possible in the five days immediately following the release date (Mon 3rd - Sat 8th Jan)

So we're suggesting people pre order, then buy an extra one for Mr. Prescott after it's released!

To keep down distribution costs, the single will only be available at selected shops, all in Sussex, see below.

But it can be purchased online from anywhere in the world!

THE LYRICS

TOM HARK (We Want Falmer!)

Intro:
'Prescott, Prescott give us a ground!' (recorded live by the massed ranks of Albion fans!!)

We want Falmer
We need Falmer
We need Falmer
We want Falmer

We Brighton fans are angry - we've been messed around
Since the ******* Archer sold the Goldstone Ground
We're stuck in an athletics track we really hate
Like playing in Albania Division Eight!

The whole thing's daft
We don't know why
We have to laugh
Or else we'll cry
Our ground's too small
The costs too high
Without Falmer
Our club will die

For years the planning process has dragged on and on
A paralytic snail wouldn't take that long
So listen Mr Prescott as we tell you how
We need our Falmer Stadium - we need it now!

The whole thing's daft
We don't know why
We have to laugh
Or else we'll cry
Our ground's too small
The costs too high
Without Falmer
Our club will die

(Instrumental)

We want Falmer
We need Falmer
We need Falmer
We want Falmer.....

SEAGULLS SKA are:
M.M.McGhee (no relation!) drums: David Beaken - bass: Dan Woods - guitar Ralph Brown - solo sax: Marlon Johnson - trombone: Tony Fish - trumpet: Alan Perry: sax Attila the Stockbroker - vocals, lyrics
Backing vocals by the Falmer For All Choir featuring Dave Cook and Too Many Crooks

PRE-ORDERING FROM RETAIL OUTLETS

CREDIT CARD BY PHONE/IN PERSON FROM THE FOLLOWING SHOPS:

ROUNDER RECORDS LTD, 19 BRIGHTON SQUARE, BRIGHTON, EAST SUSSEX, BN1 1HD
Phone: 01273 325440

RESIDENT, 28 KENSINGTON GARDENS, BRIGHTON, EAST SUSSEX, BN1 4AL
Phone: 01273 606312

OCTAVE, 18 HIGH STREET, LEWES, EAST SUSSEX, BN7 2LN
Phone: 01273 473611

POWERPLAY RECORDS, 55 TERMINUS ROAD, EASTBOURNE, EAST SUSSEX, BN21 3LX
Phone: 01323 736292

JINGLES MUSIC STORE, 4 RAILWAY APPROACH, EAST GRINSTEAD, WEST SUSSEX, RH19 1BP
Phone: 01342 325215

It is also possible to order it in person from any branch of HMV or Virgin. Ask for 'Tom Hark (We Want Falmer!) by Seagulls Ska, on Falmer For All Records, distributed by Vital.


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