Additional information about this Baddiel & Skinner & Lightning Seeds vinyl art.
Baddiel & Skinner & Lightning Seeds – The Artist
The Lightning Seeds are an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1989 by Ian Broudie (vocals, guitar, producer), formerly of the bands Big in Japan and Original Mirrors. Originally a studio-based solo project for Broudie, the Lightning Seeds expanded into a touring band following Jollification (1994). The group experienced commercial success throughout the 1990s and are well known for their single “Three Lions”, a collaboration with David Baddiel and Frank Skinner which reached No. 1 in the UK in 1996 and 1998.
Three Lions – The Song
“Three Lions” (alternatively titled “Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home)”) is a song released in 1996 as a single by English band The Lightning Seeds to mark the England football team’s hosting of that year’s European Championships. The music was written by the Lightning Seeds’ Ian Broudie, with comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner—presenters of football-themed comedy show Fantasy Football League—providing the lyric. The title comes from the emblem of the England football team, which is in turn derived from the Royal Arms of England. The song also regularly reappears in the UK singles chart around major football tournaments involving the England team. The song has been described as the de facto “anthem” of English football since 1996. Its chorus, with the refrain “It’s coming home”, has become a popular chant for fans at England games in subsequent years.
The Football / Soccer Shirt – The Shape
This record is modelled into a short-sleeved football shirt. In association football, kit (also referred to as a strip or uniform) is the standard equipment and attire worn by players. Footballers generally wear identifying numbers on the backs of their shirts. Originally a team of players wore numbers from 1 to 11, corresponding roughly to their playing positions, but at the professional level this has generally been superseded by squad numbering, whereby each player in a squad is allocated a fixed number for the duration of a season. Professional clubs also usually display players’ surnames or nicknames on their shirts, above their squad numbers. Football kit has evolved significantly since the early days of the sport and advances in clothing manufacture and printing allowed shirts to be made in lighter synthetic fibres with increasingly colourful and complex designs. With the rise of advertising in the 20th century, sponsors’ logos began to appear on shirts, and replica strips were made available for fans to purchase, generating significant amounts of revenue for clubs.
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