Our interest at Wizard Central was piqued by a correspondent who pointed out that Hang On Sloopy by the McCoys is the official rock song of the state of Ohio. This got us thinking… surely everyone wants a song that is special to a geographical community, that reflects their culture and values and holds within its sounds and rhythms the aspiration and destiny of the people? Of course they should! And in the absence of a popular movement to bring this vision to fruition, it must be the job of the Wizards to act as a revolutionary vanguard force to make this happen.
So in anticipation of popular demand we have started the process. However in the true spirit of democracy and openness that befits our great nation, we open this up to the world. We have a created a register of Official Rock Songs for every county in the United Kingdom and will fill this list over the coming weeks and months.
There are many reasons to have an official rock song. It’s an opportunity to recognise the contribution of citizens of the area, it’s something that can be played at county gatherings and even for children of the county to sing as they put their hands on their heart and imagine the glory of the county. Why, oh why, has this taken so long?
But which song should it be? Well, that’s up to you! We have provided an application form for anyone to nominate a song to be the official rock song for every county in the UK.
There doesn’t have to be a reason, but it may be that a member of the citizenry wrote the song or that it’s sung in the county or its describes the area. However, let’s not let reason get in the way!
Of course, this important exercise cannot just wait for the public… if you fail the nation, the Wizards will step in. So the official songs will be chosen by us only if you fail in your historic duty.
Now that is perhaps the most important reason to choose an official rock song for your county because if you don’t – we will!!
Get the applications in!
Dont worry if you can fill out the application form, a response, Tweet, FB Message etc.. will do all the same.
Listen to Podcast 6 to hear the Official Launch of the Campaign. There are also further updates on podcast 7 podcast 11 and podcast 20.
Click on the map to see the songs that have been chosen so far.