Tuesday, November 22, 2005


Chelsea FC - an offshoot of a business set up to steal natural resources from the people of the former Soviet Union - has elected to move into the music industry, too. Rather than getting the footballers to sing - we know where that ends - they're putting together a compilation album featuring the music the team likes. Lionel Richie, Luther Vandross and - yes - Europe doing the Final Countdown. Even the usually hyperactively positively Gennaro Castaldo finds it hard to keep a straight face:

"I cannot see it setting the world alight. I think Madonna and Westlife can rest easy.

"I expect it to make a nice present for fans, but I cannot see Arsenal or Manchester United fans rushing out to grab a copy.

"Funnily enough, we are expecting it to sell well in our Manchester and Liverpool stores where lots of youngsters are becoming Chelsea fans.

"Players like Frank Lampard have become big heroes and that attracts the attention of lots of youngsters."

... note, though, he does pull it round to sounding almost bullish about its chances by the end.

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