Nothing stirs the passions quite like football or music, but the two rarely make anything other than strange bedfellows.
However, with footie fever is in the air thanks to Euro 2008 we thought we’d jump on the bandwagon by telling you about Scotland’s very own singing soccer hero Christian Dailly. By day he sweats blood for Rangers, yet few of the fans at Ibrox know that his free time is spent throwing shapes as guitar-wielding frontman of SOUTH PLAYGROUND.
Dailly, who fancies himself as a singer in the mould of Tim Burgess, set up the band with his long-time friend Paul Smernicki, who is also originally from Dundee.
Interestingly, Smernicki is a well-known figure himself in music industry circles as head of Fiction Records – home to the likes of Snow Patrol, Kate Nash, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Elbow and Delays.
If proof were ever needed that it’s who you know not what you know in this game, South Playground were due to support Ian Brown (conveniently also on Fiction Records) but had to pass up the chance because it clashed with a game being played by West Ham, the team Dailly was starring for at the time.
But perhaps the band’s biggest claim to fame is that their song Scale Free was played over the PA to 30,000 supporters at Hampden Park while Dailly was warming up on the pitch before a Scotland v Denmark game in 2002. It didn’t seem to spur on our boys, though, as the Danes won 1-0.