A new version of 70s disco classic Rasputin by England cricket legend Freddie Flintoff and Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson, which sings the praises of star striker Harry Kane has been released ahead of the national team’s first World Cup match tomorrow.
The track, Rasputin Rebooted by The Stars House Band featuring Freddie and Ricky, is a modern re-working of Boney M’s 1978 Number 2 hit telling the story of the Tottenham Hotspur’s England captain rather than the song’s original namesake, Rasputin, the Russian mystic famous for his ability to predict the future.
The track premiered on the Stars £100m Challenge homepage, where fans can view the music video, starring Freddie, Ricky and special guests, including Fay Milton from Savages.
The idea for creating an anthem sprang from a wager between Freddie and BetStars during the filming of a recent advert for the Stars £100 Million Challenge, which offers customers the opportunity to win up to £100 million if they correctly predict all 64 win, lose or draw results of the World Cup.
Freddie said: “When I heard that England had no official anthem, I told the BetStars team that I was gonna get a band together to create a song. Naturally they bet that I couldn’t get a star big enough and talented enough to perform the song, but that they’d back the production if I could. That’s when I rang Ricky.
“It’s a perfect choice for a football anthem this summer. It’s Russian, it’s got all the noises, and all the dances – the only dodgy thing is I’m in it. There’s been some cracking World Cup songs in the past and it would be nice to think that the fans will get behind this one and sing it in the stands over in Russia. If they don’t, Ricky and I will just have to fly over there and get it going on the terraces ourselves.”
Ricky Wilson rose to fame as leader of the Kaiser Chiefs, who took their name from South African football club Kaizer Chiefs FC, the first club of ex-Leeds United captain Lucas Radebe, and has since added radio DJ and TV presenter to his resume.
He said: “Rasputin has such a great chorus. The test for any song is imagining a group of football fans singing it on the terraces. It worked with Ruby, Ruby, Ruby and now it’s working with Ra Ra Rasputin. And it’s another R: Riot, Ruby, Rasputin”.