Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

The ShortListen: Four Lions (no. 326)

Who? Shaun Ryder, Kermit, Paul Oakenfold, Goldie, aka Four Lions

What’s the story? Black Grape's 1996 track England's Irie is one of the great lost football songs (it's not even on Spotify these days). It was a brilliantly off-kilter track which had the sheer misfortune to be released at the same time as Three Lions. Now, 20 years on, they've gone one better, by forming Four Lions: made up of Shaun Ryder and Kermit, together with Paul Oakenfold, who produced the Happy Mondays' classic Pills 'N' Thrills and Bellyaches, with Goldie chipping in for good measure. We are England probably isn't quite as euphoric as England's Irie, but it's a spirited, bouncing, baggy anthem with rave pianos and a sing-a-long chorus that sounds like it could have come straight off that legendary Madchester album. An excellent addition to the football song canon.

For fans of: Happy Mondays, Black Grape

In three words: Madchester Footy Revival

Click here for more ShortListens

Listen to all of them as they become available, on this Spotify Playlist



The ShortListen: Jurassic 5 (no. 325)


The ShortListen: Martin Solveig (no. 323)


The ShortListen: The Avalanches (no. 322)


The ShortListen: Kiah Victoria (no. 321)


The ShortListen: Xylaroo (no. 320)


The ShortListen: Jorja Smith (no. 319)


The ShortListen: Shura (no. 318)


The ShortListen: Dream Wife (no. 317)


The ShortListen: Sundara Karma (no. 316)



The first Glastonbury headliner has been announced

And it's an old favourite

by Dave Fawbert
20 Oct 2016

A conversation with Slaves about anger

Ahead of our first gig in association with Lynx, we sat down with Laurie & Isaac

19 Oct 2016

Phil Collins is coming back & this is why you should be very excited

Ignore the naysayers: Collins is a genius

by Dave Fawbert
17 Oct 2016

Here's how to get tickets to watch Slaves this Thursday

ShortList 48HoursTo music series with Lynx returns

14 Oct 2016

50 Pieces of wisdom from Bob Dylan lyrics

13 Oct 2016

Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Something is happening here

13 Oct 2016

The ShortList 48 Hours Live Music Series Returns

Our series of free gigs in association with Lynx are back. And you won’t want to miss out on a single one

12 Oct 2016

Check out this exclusive new Courteeners video

Manchester indie heroes unveil new promo

by Dave Fawbert
07 Oct 2016

We've lost the most important man in music you've never heard of

How an unassuming man from Cleethorpes rewrote pop history

by Dave Fawbert
05 Oct 2016

Why British men never got over Oasis

Supersonic reminds us of a bygone era of masculinity

by Tom Fordy
05 Oct 2016