Band join forces with former players to record fans’ anthem ‘We’re Not Brazil We’re Northern Ireland‘
Football anthem ‘We’re Not Brazil We’re Northern Ireland’ has got a professional makeover – after being sung by global rockers Snow Patrol. To give it an authentic feel the band teamed up with football legends Gerry Armstrong and David Campbell, who played in the famous Northern Ireland Brazil game in 1986, to record the track at a London studio.
And the Mirror can reveal the band and former players even donned 1986 jerseys and tracksuits as they belted out the tune on Monday. The band posted pictures of the get-together on their Facebook page saying “Check out Jonny and Gary fulfilling their lifelong dream to sing the Northern Ireland 1986 World Cup song with football legends Gerry Armstrong and David Campbell”.
Snow Patrol have been working along with other Northern Ireland bands including The Wonder Villains and A Plastic Rose to produce the movie’s soundtrack. The band say drummer Jonny Quinn has been working on the music for six months.
David Campbell, who is played in the film by Nico Mirallegro, said the band have been “hugely supportive” of the film project.
He added: “The lads love Northern Ireland, they love the film and they have done so much to help make this movie happen. After we recorded the track we had a few beers and they are a great bunch of lads, really down to earth.
“It was an absolute privilege to see me and Gerry Armstrong singing along side these boys who are in a world famous band, but there were no airs and graces with them at all.”
David said Snow Patrol got in touch with the film’s director before Christmas to see if they could help with the music. Eventually the band ended up doing a number of tracks for the movie. The ‘We’re Not Brazil We’re Northern Ireland’ track will also feature in the film.
Some scenes for the movie, which includes actors like Richard Dormer, Ciaran McMenamin and Conleth Hill, who plays BBC sports presenter Jackie Fullerton, were shot at Windsor Park in South Belfast.
The part of Northern Ireland boss Billy Bingham is being played by John Hannah, star of Four Weddings and a Funeral and Sliding Doors.
The David-versus-Goliath tale of Northern Ireland taking on Brazil in 1986 is to be get a plug from FIFA. At the launch of the film’s trailer in Belfast recently Vice President Jim Boyce said he got top brass to watch Shooting for Socrates, and they loved it.
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