A WORCESTER punk band are hoping England can win the World Cup in South Africa this year by doing it Fab’s Way.
Blind Granny’s Taxi Nightmare, who took their name from a Worcester News headline, have just added the finishing touches to their entry for the unofficial England 2010 World Cup song – a Sex Pistols-style rendition of Frank Sinatra’s classic My Way.
They have even drafted in the Nunnery Wood High School Choir to sing on the track, which laments England’s past managers before stating “hold on, hello hello – it’s Fabio – Fabio Capello!”
During the 2006 World Cup, the band reached number 21 in the independent record label chart with Hi Ho Come on England. They have adapted the lyrics and added it as the B side for this year’s effort.
Lead singer Andy Probyn, who is landlord at the Bull Inn in Fernhill Heath, near Worcester, said any money raised through sales would go to Help for Heroes.
Fab’s Way has been entered into the TalkSport battle of the bands competition, where daytime presenters Ian Hawsbee and Andy Jacobs will whittle down the hopefuls to the final 16 before the public vote for their favourite.
The song also features in a YouTube competition, where the track with the most viewings will win £1,000.
Mr Probyn, aged 44, said: “Fab’s Way is definitely a lot better than some of the dreadful attempts which we have heard in the past. It’s a good lively anthem which will hopefully get everyone in the right mood.
“We need as many as possible people to view the song on YouTube and listen out for us on TalkSport to help us win the competition.”
The band took their name from a 2002 Worcester News headline about Sylvia Giles, of St Peter’s, Worcester, who was refused taxi journeys by three drivers because of her guide dog Oscar.
The rest of the band are Phil Wood on vocals, Ian Saunders on lead guitar, Russ Carlin on bass guitar and drummer Dave Feeney.
Fab’s Way and Hi Ho Come on England 2010 will be available to download next week. Visit the band’s MySpace and Facebook pages by searching for Blind Granny’s Taxi Nightmare.