The Fair Play Trophy (again) (2004)

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Playing "The Fair Play Trophy" at the BBC was such a lot of fun we decided to have another go at it, a bit more lavishly this time, with full strings, a lovely intro, a RAMPANT organ solo and most excitingly of all backing vocals by Sorted Supremo Dave Dixey and - finally on one of our records - Mr Kev Reverb. As with Milk and Baubles we hedged our bets, putting out novelty "hit" on with a song from the album, and of it went into the media.

It didn't do hugely well I must admit, but I did get asked back onto Steve Lamacq's show... four times, in fact. They asked me to come in every Sunday during the championship and sing a new version of the song describing the events of the week. This was IMMENSE fun, and I loved popping into the BBC every week to play it.

It did, however, make me pretty determined not to release it again - seven different versions of the same song is ENOUGH!

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England are a team of virtuous Saints
They exercise super-human restraint
Their gentlemanly conduct leaves the opposition feeling moved
They'll never swear and they'll never frown
They'll never ever claim that they were wrongly taken down
Maybe you might say that's the reason they always lose.

But we'll get the Fair Play Trophy once again.
Because it's the team that's the nicest that's the one that actually wins
We want the Fair Play Trophy once again
And we'll face the final in the pub with a pint and a cheesy grin.

I really hope that we get through the groups
If they manage that i don't care what they do
If we get beat by Belgique then you won't see me cry
We could get thrashed by Holland or Spain
Or get knocked out on penalties by Germany again
As long as we keep that stiff upper lip flying high

Then we'll get the Fair Play Trophy once again.
Because it's the team that's the nicest that's the one that actually wins
We want the Fair Play Trophy once again
And we'll face the final in the pub with a pint and a cheesy grin.

And if we get to the final and win
No matter what terrible drunken state we're in
We will take back to the UEFA (or whatever they're called these days)
And as a Nation we will say:

Give us the Fair Play Trophy once again
Because it's the team that's the nicest that's the one that actually wins
We want the Fair Play Trophy once again
And we'll face the final in the pub with a pint and a cheesy grin

Test me for banned substances!

Give us a pint, give us a pub, give us a grin, give us the
Fair Play Trophy once again
Because it's the team that's the nicest that's the one that actually wins
We want the Fair Play Trophy once again
And we'll face the final in the pub with a pint and a cheesy grin

We'll face the final in the pub with a pint and a cheesy grin

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from The Lost Tape, released June 7, 2004

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MJ Hibbett & The Validators have performed live on Radio One, had a Record Of The Year in Rolling Stone, an Album Of The Day on 6Music, released one of the first ever viral videos, toured the UK and Europe, featured in an Edinburgh Fringe Festival show, and recorded a science fiction rock opera, all while maintaining their complete independence from outside record labels. ... more

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