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 Sire
Writer(s) Johann Pachelbel, 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 music is Johann Pachelbel's "Canon".

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 the last video shown on The Power Station 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 (Official German Charts)[8] 16
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 42

Everton F.C. version[edit]

In May 1995, the song was released by Everton F.C. on occasion of its appearance in the 1995 FA Cup Final. The hit credited to "Everton FA Cup Squad 1995" peaked at #24 in the UK Singles chart.[10] The release also contained a second version as "All Together Now - D.i.y Mix".

Euro 2004 version[edit]

The song was released in another football context this time to promote the campaign of the England national football team during Euro 2004 which took place in Portugal in June and July 2004. Titled "Euro 2004 (All Together Now)", it was edited by DJ Spoony and featured additional vocals by the St Francis Xavier Boys Choir of Liverpool.[11] This version released on May 31, 2004 peaked at #5 in the UK Singles Chart.

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.

This version was also included in the compilation Sports Themes subtitled "20 Classic Sport Themes" in July 2004.

Peace Collective version[edit]

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 15, 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, Alison Levi, Mick Jones (The Clash), The Voice 2014 winner Jermain Jackman, Massive Attack’s Shara Nelson and more.[12][13] The 2014 version reached Number One in the UK Independent Singles Breakers Charts On the 19th December and number 70 on the UK Singles Chart.[14]

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