All Together Now (The Farm song)

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"All Together Now"
Single by The Farm
from the album Spartacus
Released 26 November 1990 (original)
May 1995 (Everton release)
31 May 2004 (Euro 2004 version)
Format 7", 12", CD single
Recorded 1990
Genre Madchester
Length 5:41
Label Demon Music Group/Farmsongs
Writer(s) Peter Hooton and Steve Grimes
Producer(s) Suggs
The Farm singles chronology
"Groovy Train"
(1990)
"All Together Now"
(1990)
"Sinful!"
(1991)

"All Together Now" is a song by Liverpudlian pop band The Farm from their album Spartacus, and links some of the band's favourite themes: socialism, brotherhood and football.

Peter Hooton wrote the lyrics in his early 20's after reading about the extraordinary events on the Western Front during Christmas 1914 - it is fundamentally a song about peace and reconciliation.

No Mans Land ( 6 verses) was recorded for a John Peel session in the 1980s but in 1990 Peter wrote the chorus after Steve Grimes suggested putting lyrics of No Man's Land to the music of Pachelbel's Canon. To shorten the song for radio Suggs (original producer in 1990) decided to lose the last 3 verses. It has been used by numerous football teams since.

Hooton has quoted "The unauthorised spontaneous truce 100 years ago was a unique act of humanity amidst the horrors of trench warfare. A triumph of humanity over conflict. There are numerous accounts of British and German troops greeting each other, conversing, swapping presents and even playing football in No Man’s Land on Christmas Day 1914. On some parts of the front the ‘truce’ lasted several days and in some instances well into January as soldiers on both sides were reluctant to resume the fighting."

Peter Hooton explained ‘there is a lot of debate about the causes of the First World War, who was to blame and emphasis on the horrors and futility of the tactics employed but we would like people to concentrate on this incredible moment when ordinary soldiers came together. This event should be cherished and publicised as an incredibly unique moment in the history of conflict throughout the ages.’


Composition and release[edit]

The song was produced by Graham McPherson, better known as Suggs, a founding member of the band Madness, and recorded at Mayfair Studios. It took its inspiration from the Christmas Day Truce in World War I where on Christmas Day 1914 soldiers from both sides put their weapons down and met in no-mans-land to exchange gifts and play football. The song is heavily influenced musically by Johann Pachelbel's "Canon" and its descending chord sequence.

It was originally released on 26 November 1990 peaking at no.4 on the UK Singles Chart, no.1 in the NME Independent chart and no.7 on the U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and its single cover showed a subbuteo figure wearing an army uniform and brandishing a BREN machine gun.[1] It was also shown on The Power Station while the last music video is played on 8 April 1991.

Promotion[edit]

In March 1994, it was performed by the band and a host of famous Liverpudlians in front of the Spion Kop at Anfield before the last ever Merseyside derby in front of the old Kop, which was demolished later that year and replaced by an all-seater stand.[2] In 2007 it was used in Scottish television adverts for Clydesdale Bank and in UK-wide advertisements promoting Cancer Research UK's Race for Life. It is also used as the theme tune for Sky Sports Football League coverage and as the ending theme of the 1994 movie Double Dragon.

Track listing[edit]

UK 7" single (1990)
  1. "All Together Now" [7" version] - 3:59
  2. "All Together Now" (Terry Farley/Peter Heller Mix) [edit] - 3:45
UK 12"/CD single (1990)
  1. "All Together Now" - 5:45
  2. "All Together Now" (Terry Farley/Peter Heller Mix) - 7:21
  3. "All Together Now" (Rocky/Diesel Mix) - 5:13
US CD Single (1990)
  1. "All Together Now" (Single Mix) - 4:25
  2. "All Together Now" (12" Mix) - 5:42
  3. "All Together Now" (Indie Rock Mix) - 6:22
  4. "All Together Now" (Farley/Heller 12" Remix) - 7:21
  5. "Over Again" (Live Demo) - 4:16
  6. "All Together Now" (Club Mix) - 6:13
  7. "All Together Now" (Rocky & Diesel Mix) - 5:18
  8. "All Together Now" (Dream Remix) - 9:27
UK CD single (2004)
  1. "All Together Now" (DJ Spoony radio edit)
  2. "All Together Now" (The Choral Mix)
  3. "All Together Now" (Spoony Wants to Move Mix)
  4. "The Wembley Experience" (Virtual Tour of the New Stadium)

Charts[edit]

1990 version[edit]

Chart (1990–1995) Peak
position
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[3] 9
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[4] 13
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[5] 18
UK Singles Chart[6] 4

2004 version[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[6] 5

Goleo VI and Atomic Kitten version[edit]

"All Together Now (Strong Together)"
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"All Together Now (Strong Together)" cover
Promotional single by Goleo VI and Atomic Kitten
Released 13 May 2006
Recorded 2006
Genre Pop
Writer Hooton, Grimes

"All Together Now (Strong Together)" is a song by British recording artists Goleo VI and Atomic Kitten, for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and was featured in an entirely computer animated music video showing the World Cup mascots Goleo and Pille travelling around the world until they eventually arrive to Berlin's Olympic Stadium, the setting of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final.

Release[edit]

It was only released in German speaking Europe. It reached no. 16 in Germany, becoming their fifth highest charting single over there. It peaked at no.35 and no.42 in Austria and Switzerland.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 35
Germany (Media Control Charts)[8] 16
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 42

Other versions[edit]

The song was re-released for two football causes, Everton's appearance in the 1995 FA Cup Final, and the campaign of the England team at Euro 2004. The Everton release peaked at #24 in the UK and the Euro 2004 release peaked at #5 in the UK. The song was remade to accompany the England national football team to the UEFA Euro 2004 tournament. The song was also remixed by Scouse producers BCD Project (Lee Butler of Radio City, Les Calvert and Mike Di Scala). The remix was featured on the Clubland 5 compilation in 2004. On the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Day Truce, during World War One, which inspired The Farm’s 1990 hit All Together Now, many of the UK’s biggest music stars have united as The Peace Collective, to re-record the song. The new track features a backing choir of schoolboy footballers from the Premier League and German Bundesliga. All profits from the release, out December 15th, will go to the British Red Cross and the Shorncliffe Trust. Recorded at Sensible Music in Islington (London) the 2014 version includes Gorgon City and Clean Bandit, Gabrielle, Alexandra Burke, David Gray, Guy Chambers, Amelle Berrabah, Mick Jones (The Clash), The Voice 2014 winner Jermain Jackman, Massive Attack’s Shara Nelson and more.[10][11]

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