A Melbourne band. A song celebrating one of the finest French players of all time. And our very own Les Murray. It truly is the world game, and now we’ve got a song to bring it all together.
Ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Vaudeville Smash has delivered one of the greatest football anthems of all time - Zinedine Zidane.
Vaudeville Smash teamed up with the linguistically legendary Les for this football smash. Les makes his “rapping” debut, rhyming Juan Sebastián Verón with Gianluigi Buffon, Eden Hazard with Steven Gerrard, and Harry Kewell with Raúl.
But none of them compares to the mighty “Zizou”, the sublimely skilled Frenchman, who scored two goals in the World Cup final when France won in 1998, and whose career ended infamously with a headbutt in the 2006 FIFA World Cup final in Germany.
Former Socceroos champ Steve Horvat – a big music fan – introduced the band to Les (who was immortalised in the TISM song What Nationality Is Les Murray?).
“It was our dream to work with Les,” explained Vaudeville Smash singer Marc Lucchesi. “Every Sunday, my brothers (drummer Dan and bass player Luca) and I would watch Italian football on TV with our dad – hosted by Les Murray. I don’t usually get star struck, but when Les walked into the studio, I couldn’t believe it.”
As for Les, the opportunity to record vocals on this track was too much to resist for the once aspiring performer. “I was in a rock band for six years in the ‘60s and ‘70s but we never had a hit so this could be my big break!” Les said. “I never thought I would have to say those names to a rhythm. Luckily my former rock musician days have given me a sense of timing.”
As TISM said, Les is more.
“We love Zidane,” Marc says, “but, ultimately, the song is a celebration of football.”
Zinedine Zidane is Vaudeville Smash’s first release since the acclaimed debut album Dancing For The Girl.