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Postby Tygom В» 03.02.2019

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How would you sum up your emotions when your team scores a goal? Perhaps, nonsensically, you feel "heavy metal", as in Blur's Song 2, or rapt in amusement, as if Robbie Williams himself was beseeching you to succumb to his compulsion to entertain you. It is even conceivable that a goal inspires you to go west with the Pet Shop Boys or, maybe, that words cannot capture a euphoria which can thus only be conveyed by the rhythms and melodies of that early s one-hit instrumental wonder, Papa's Got a Brand New Pig Bag.

Of course, not all goals are winners or equalisers. Some offer only grim succour after a drubbing, possibly making you feel "you have to laugh or else you'd cry", just like The Piranhas' Tom Hark. But it seems that these sentiments are common to all fans and that they can only find expression in this sparse clutch of songs. Why else would some clubs subject us to them every time a home goal goes in? They must have a pretty dim view of us if they think we don't know how to celebrate a goal without some sort of cue.

I first noticed this phenomenon in America, at NBA games, when the Wurlitzer was switched into hunting-horn mode and a reveille was used to prompt the crowd to chant "Charge! Nothing could be left to chance - an atmosphere had to be manufactured to suit the spectacle.

When the Premier League was launched in , Sky tried to import such American razzmatazz. Their notorious half-time show for Monday night games featured the Sky Strikers dancing troupe and there was a post-match firework display, too.

Widespread ridicule from people who had, on sufferance, tolerated the Dagenham Girl Pipers for decades prompted Sky to accept that the sight of cheerleaders belting out Toni Basil's Mickey and hectoring fans to join in on a November evening at Boundary Park was incongruous at best.

The experiment in supporter manipulation was stopped after only one season. If only some clubs had been as wise. Instead, those who struggle to fill their grounds - in some instances because, ironically, their fans don't want a sanitised and orchestrated experience - persist in the belief that you can fill an atmospheric void with muzak, giant foam hands, comedy hats and the infernal clack-clack of those damned rubber clappers.

The self-proclaimed "best league in the world", which prides itself on the authenticity of its unique matchday "event", is prepared to cheat, to give the level of crowd participation a helping hand if it does not come up to scratch. Not all music at sports grounds is pernicious, however. Even Fenway Park's Sweet Caroline can stay. But it is important to note that these songs either precede a game or are played during intervals - not in the middle of the action. They do not intrude and nor, more importantly, do they try to tell you how to react.

At a match, I don't want to be whipped up into a frenzy by artificial means. The hysteria generated may give television its end-of-season money shots - of men and women with no sense of perspective openly weeping - to export around the world, but it is demeaning. I am not nostalgic for the days when football was not a family game, characterised memorably by Billy Connolly, 30 years ago, as a time "when they are shitting in our shoes and we are pissing in their Bovril".

The fear of getting your head kicked in was rife. But I cannot stand the noise pollution now provided by clubs who think you can be dragooned into behaving in a particular way. This has no part in the game's tradition. If it did we would still be hearing the moans of the poor sod who tortured his wrist winding up the phonograph during Arbroath's win against Bon Accord over a century ago.

The sound of silence, or of fans acting independently, cannot be countenanced by those who seek to control us. Perhaps in 20 years' time the game will have had its way and we will all be like Pavlov's dog, conditioned to respond only to the aural stimuli of banal songs chosen to suit a marketing agenda.

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Postby Kezil В» 03.02.2019

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Postby Makus В» 03.02.2019

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Postby Fenrigor В» 03.02.2019

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