can be a rank insider as well as a rank outsider - Robert Frost
If I was a betting man,
which I'm not, I'd gamble on this song, and in particular, this artist,
breaking into the music business - but, I have to admit at being one of those
supporters who had 'Rooney' printed on
my Everton shirt three days before he signed for Manchester United...that makes me not
particularly good in the prophecy stakes. But it what does not do
is make this lass any less talented than my forecasting skills.
Victoria Pope is an
unsigned act, who, unlike many, has remained level-headed in her pursuit
of fame and stardom. This is my rant towards the talentless bunch
that ITV like to call the X-Factor. So what has kept
our 26 year-old starlet so level-headed and out of the limelight thus far? Well,
I'd like to think she has kept her feet on the ground because they are
firmly entrenched in Hackney Marshes, and there was truly no better
place to spend your childhood years, after all, 'if you can't play
football on Hackney marshes, you can't play anywhere!'.
But shouldn't any young teenage girl be staying at home with her ponies,
her make-up kit and the next offering from the stable that is the Stock, Aitken and Waterman pop
song, well normally yes, but not our Victoria. Little Miss Pope felt more at
home listening to Stevie Wonder and Motown and all the time watched her big brother
play football at the Marshes. Kevin Pope was playing for Bow Athletic, which
incidentally, was managed by Victoria's father also. So her root's
were firmly established, as you have read, in football. A decent girl
with a decent upbringing at last - not many of them on the music scene,
I'm certain. Kevin now manages Enfield in the Ryman League.
Here at England
Football Online, we will back anything that is good and decent, we will
recommend many products, providing it passes the strict E.L.O. testing
procedure, basically, it has to be good, it has to be quality and most
important of all, it has to be England. If it isn't, then we don't
mention it. So to be honest, you will probably not hear us being
That said, Victoria
does have one shortcoming - she does support Tottenham Hotspur. A
shriek of horror continues into the classroom, where all her fellow
classmates backed the Arsenal. Such is life in the tough East end
of London. But that is what makes Victoria a vintage bottle of
wine, and not the overly stocked shops-own brand... Why be part of the
norm? Why do you have to follow something or someone just because
everyone else does and that must become the accepted way of life.
Be the followed, not the follower. That's why when I was going to
school in the 1980's, I supported Everton... while all the glory
supporters around me punished me in their own unique schoolboy way
because they supported Liverpool, and no-one followed me!
Victoria, like myself, never resorted to peer pressure - but Victoria,
unlike myself, can sing.
Which brings us nicely
onto Thug Lovin' - soon to be released - soon to be won in our exclusive
competition, and hopefully, if we have anything to do with it, soon to
be heard on your local radio station (assuming your local radio
station is not Classic fm or a Christian sing-along station).
Thug Lovin' is surprisingly nearly a year old...written by Victoria
herself with Rudy x in November 2005 and recorded in the bitter cold
winter a month later. It was in a recording studio 'Strongrooms',
Ian Downing was the mix engineer, who had already worked with Simon
Webbe, Snow Patrol, Busted, etc... And for those real
trivia-searching people out there, it was the exact same recording
studio, Studio 1, that the Spice Girls recorded their first ever track.
So if ever their was a omen.... It took a mere twelve hours to record,
but surely the end justified the means here. A perfect sounding
track. And if you wondered who was playing the guitar solo at the
end of the track, well that was Stanley Andrew, and he had just finished
working with George Michael.
The song evolved from many humorous chorus lines to the final version -
This is just Victoria's
humble opinion but when she looks back at footage of the 1966 World Cup
there is an air of comradory that money could not buy, with individual
players giving more to the game than simply honouring their contract, a
sense of pride that goes beyond self-promotion and a hunger that cannot
be compromised with money - which seems extremely rare nowadays.
Not to be insulting to the players of this generation, I just can't help
but think: can you really have the eye of the tiger when you're getting
paid 100k a week?
So do not be totally
surprised if you see Miss Pope achieve her ultimate ambition, which is
for her to sing a duet with Stevie Wonder or even Barbra Streisand and
who know's? if she was really lucky, maybe sing with them both!!!
If that isn't enough, maybe even do a concert at the new Wembley Stadium
and end the evening with the Dolly Parton classic '9 to 5' (as it's just
such a funky tune). Some of us would just be happy seeing the new
Wembley Stadium open one day.
If Victoria Pope does
make it big... just remember where you read about her first. If
Victoria had not of dedicated this song to the boys of '66, I would not
have heard of her, I would not have heard her song and I would never
have acquainted myself with such a talented songstress. With this
'Thug Lovin' gal behind England, the Three Lions' future will at least
sound hip, even if they don't play that way.
Good luck Victoria, in
all your ambitions....
is based on an actual e-mail conversation between Victoria Pope and Chris Goodwin.