A few months back a talented
band of musicians out of Romford Essex reformed to make an England World Cup
Anthem with all proceeds going to a Cancer Charity close to their hearts.
They took the name Mottys Sheepkin and recorded
HURRY UP ENGLAND – an explosive, revamped version of Sham 69’s
original ‘Hurry up Harry.’ The band then approached Sham’s Jimmy Pursey and
asked permission to put the song out officially. Jimmy agreed.
Motty, thrilled that they could push ahead with their charity song, were
totally unprepared for what happened next. Several days later, on his
Virgin Radio Breakfast Show Christian O’Connell played a version of Hurry Up
England by … wait for it … Jimmy Purcey of Sham 69.
Motty were gutted by this unexpected turn of events. They might have
quit right there but for one overriding factor … Motty were never in this for
themselves. At no point were they looking for Kudos or money or a record
deal. They were doing this for the people they loved and in support of a very
worthy cause. Quitting was never an option.
After their initial disappointment Motty picked themselves up and decided to
hell with it – they’d put their version out anyway. What they needed was
a label willing to risk going up against Virgin Radio. What followed was
a chaotic, oddball fortnight of ups and downs, frustrating meetings, phone
calls, emails and text-mails etc until eventually Motty finally got their
break. It came via a journalist friend of the band who had been
supporting them since day one. He introduced the band to Cadiz, an Independent
record label, who agreed to release Motty’s version of Hurry up England.