The countdown to kick-off starts here! Euro 2020 starts today and social media sensations Woody & Kleiny have teamed up with The Hoosiers to get the party started with the new England anthem ‘Route 66’. Listen HERE. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.
‘Route 66’ is a holler-along, pints-in-the-air chant that’s sure to soundtrack the jubilation as Harry Kane, Marcus Rashfordand pals attempt to fire England to glory. Capturing the feelgood factor that sweeps the land at each tournament, the song is a cheeky celebration of all things unmistakably English: “Beans on toast, Sunday roast and a cuppa tea / Got me shirt, got me flag and I’ve had me Weetabix.”
The song’s video captures the fun. Woody & Kleiny lead the charge, while The Hoosiers blast through the song while on the top of an old school double-decker bus. And when they take to the pitch of the London Stadium, they’re joined by famous friends including Naughty Boy (making his first ever cameo in a music video) and The Wealdstone Raider.
Despite the bantz, there’s a serious purpose to ‘Route 66’. Proceeds from the track will aid the charity CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably which is leading a movement against suicide. Every week 125 people in the UK take their own lives, and 75% of all UK suicides are male. CALM exists to change this. The charity provides a confidential helpline and webchat service for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems; spreads their message throughout communities to enable people to get the help they need before they reach the point of crisis; and encourage positive behavioural change, using cultural touch points like art, music, sport and comedy.
Woody & Kleiny commented: “We just want to take this opportunity to say how excited we are to be teaming up with The Hoosiers on this project. They’ve sat on the song for over 20 years waiting for the right time to move it forward and we feel honoured to be asked to get involved.
To top it off, we have all chosen to align ourselves with the charity CALM, which is close to ALL our hearts. We want to help support them in every way possible, the amazing work they’ve done for so many and continue to do so. We hope you all enjoy the positive vibes we’ve created and get behind the movement for a great cause.”
The Hoosiers’ Irwin Sparkes added: “Both Al and I have been through highs and lows in the music industry together. Because of this we’ve come to value our mental health and can’t shut up about it. Which is the point, ‘cos talking is key. That’s why we’re chuffed to bits and tickled pink to align ourselves with CALM who are there to offer support if you don’t know who to talk to. You’re not alone.
Despite us being younger and better looking than Woody & Kleiny, they were still happy to be seen on camera with us to support such a vital cause as promoting positive mental health. Our heroes.”