Anfield Rap

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"Anfield Rap"
Single by Liverpool F.C.
Released 1988
Format Vinyl
Recorded 1988
Genre Pop rap, football
Writer(s) Craig Johnston
Derek B

"Anfield Rap (Red Machine in Full Effect)" was a song released by members of Liverpool F.C. before the 1988 FA Cup Final against Wimbledon F.C.. The song reached number 3 in the UK Singles Chart. The song was co-written by Liverpool's midfielder Craig Johnston, rapper Derek B[1] and Mary Byker from Pop Will Eat Itself [2][not in citation given]


The song is a parody of a number of hip hop tracks, notably the intro from LL Cool J's "Rock the Bells" and Eric B. & Rakim's "I Know You Got Soul" (which sampled the opening drum roll from Funkadelic's "You'll Like It Too"). The song also featured the guitar riff (and the Ahhhhh-ahhhhh-ahhhhh element) from "Twist And Shout" by The Beatles who hailed from Liverpool.


The track featured John Aldridge and Steve McMahon, the only two native Liverpudlians in the regular line up at the time, making fun of the accents of the other players. The other players featured were John Barnes, Bruce Grobbelaar, Craig Johnston, Kevin MacDonald, Gary Gillespie, Steve Nicol, Ronnie Whelan, Alan Hansen, Ray Houghton, Jim Beglin, Nigel Spackman and Jan Molby, along with manager Kenny Dalglish. One verse of the song was performed by the ITV football commentator Brian Moore. There were also archived voice clips from the club's former manager Bill Shankly.


Reviewing the history of sports songs in 2012, BBC reporter Mark Savage credited the song as "the worst offender... an inexplicably awful track".[3]


  1. ^ "Anfield Rap co-writer Derek B dead at 44 - Football Banter". Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Graham Crabb from Pop Will Eat Itself". Phoenix FM. Retrieved 2014-05-08. 
  3. ^ Mark Savage (24 July 2012). "Why are sport songs so hard to get right?". BBC. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 

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