Friday, 10 June 2016

Euro 2016 Tournament

The Euro 2016 tournament gets under way in Paris today, with hosts France playing Romania.

For once France are going into an international tournament tipped as possible winners.

But the performance by Les Bleus on the pitch so far isn't being matched by the musical performances associated with the tournament.

The official anthem for the event is by David Guetta, featuring Zara Larsson.

It's not Guetta's best work, it has to be said and although he's certainly a big international 'brand' he's probably not  most interesting artist in the country.

He headlined last night's Euro 2016 opening show at the Champ de Mars, while other acts on the bill at the event included the likes of, Louane, Kendji Girac, Soprano, as well as Christophe Maé and Florent Pagny. They could have fielded a stronger team to be honest.

France's anthem for the event is a cover of the Kiss track I was Made for Lovin' You by Skip The Use. Needless to say, there's been much debate about the song for the French national team in the Euros - held in France - being in English.

All in all, a missed open goal given how much premier league class French music there is around to select from at the moment.

Let's be honest. The track record for football-related anthems hasn't set the terraces ablaze.

However, I reckon the BBC scored a last minute winner with the promo they're using for their Euro 2016 coverage.

If there's one French football-related song that wins any championship, it has to be Santa Maradonna by Mano Negra from their 1994 Casa Babylon album.

While perhaps a bit dated in its production, it manages to capture on the surface much of the excitement of the game, but a closer investigation reveals it's a pretty astute take on the ambiguities that fuel it.

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