If you’re a Brit you already knew about this ages ago. So sue me.
Anyway, it’s come to my attention that England has one of the world’s all-time great kick-ass fight songs, “Vindaloo”. It may be the best new song for singing en masse by drunks since “Rosin the Bow” and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”
Here are the lyrics, with helpful commentary. Here’s the earnest and sober Wikipedia entry about it. And here are two amateur videos set to it—you have your pick of snippets of cheesy football animation or Final Fantasy game footage. Either will let you hear the song, which is good because just reading the lyrics won’t tell you a lot.
The beauty part of this song is that it makes almost no sense. Mostly it just involves singing “na na na” over and over again, which is great because it’s fun to sing, and it cuts out the part where you try to remember the lyrics and can’t. If you’re not singing “na na nah”, you’re singing “vindaloo” to the same beat, or “na na nah vindaloo na na nah vindaloo”, which is also fun.If you’re the sort who remembers lyrics, there are bits of them scattered in amongst the na na nahs and vindaloos, but only a few lines really have to be remembered:
and (very important) the line everyone can agree on:
—And we all like vindaloo
After which, everyone shouts “ENGLAND!” in unison, and then either the next verse starts or the cameraman falls over.
—We’re gonna score one more than you
Update: The original video of Vindaloo by Fat Les is now available on YouTube. It’s not half bad, though it’s slightly less mysterious if you know that it starts out as a parody of the video of Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve.