1980 and all that: 1998

Bluetones
Pachelbel’s Cannon was, you will be unsurprised to hear, written by Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706). You know it – even if you don’t think you know it.

Fans of pop music in particular will know it – or will, at least, have heard it. It’s there in everything from Green Day’s ‘Basket Case’ through to The Farm’s ‘All Together Now’.

And it’s there in ‘If’ by The Bluetones. No allusion to Rudyard Kipling here, you know. To be honest, I’m not entirely convinced I understand what the song’s about – some ill defined struggle – but I know for sure there’s no “then you’ll be a man, my son” punchline.

But who cares what the song’s about really? At its climax, it features the most splendid rendition of the classic pop text “nah na-na-na nah na-na-na nah nah” you’ll ever hear. And the fact that this bit sounds like the theme to This Morning is just an added bonus.

There you go: Pachelbel and Schofield in the same five minutes eight seconds. Who’d ‘a’ thunk it?

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