The S Factor: Six songs worthy of being the Somerset anthem
SOMERSET'S got a shiny new flag. Now what about an anthem to go with it?
An anthem should make you stand up and sing the words off by heart. And it should either be about Somerset, from Somerset, or have tractors and cows in it.
We've had some contenders from our reporters. But chose to discount songs like Reef's Place your Hands for being too obvious. The Yeovil Town song didn't really cut it. And let's not even discuss The Inbredz' Back on the Rat (explicit content).
We've narrowed down our suggestions for a Somerset anthem to five. If you can suggest something better, tell us in the comments below or on our Facebook pages.
Ruth Ovens' choice: The Churned with Forever.
Ruth said: "After being featured on a 2011 Yeo Valley advert, The Churn ‘Forever’, will always be associated with Somerset which is why it would make a farm-tastic Somerset anthem."
"Helped by the model like farmers who sing the song not only is this a feast for your ears but the video is certainly easy on the eye too."
Charlotte Fay-Fineran's choice: Kenny Chesney with She Think's My Tractors Sexy.
We never heard of this either, which shows how weird our Cheddar Valley Gazette reporter's musical tastes are. Catchy chorus though. But a bit too much country, not enough South Western.
Fuchsia Singleton-Hoare's choice: Dance To Your Daddy by Nancy Kerr and James Fagan.
Fuchsia said: "My entry to the Somerset Anthem competition is a genre rather than a single song.
Folk music is a prominent feature of Somerset and the county has a well-documented and still vibrant folk music heritage.
"Cecil Sharp, the founding father of the folklore revival in England in the early 20th century, began his career of collecting folk songs in Somerset.
The folksinging tradition in Somerset centres on solo, a cappella singing and playing—at home, at work, and at gatherings, small or large.
"There are folk events held all over the county throughout the year and countless groups, clubs and societies brining the ancient genre back to life.
"Folk music is definitely the anthem of Somerset.
This song is Dance to your Daddy, an old English folk song sang here by Nancy Kerr and James Fagan from the 2002 album Between the Dark and the Light."
Not sure why the video has liberally helped itself to chunks of Russell Crow's Master and Commander though ...
@Sheptonjournal honoured! Btw that video was not made by us... Still it has a lot of views!
— Kerr and Fagan (@kerrfagan) October 26, 2013
Laura Linham recommends (not a surprise) The Wurzels and Good Old Somerset.
She said: "Are you kidding me? Not a single track by The Wurzels? Because, really, it was them who put Somerset on the map.
"Who would even have known we existed if it hadn’t been for them exploding onto the novelty scene in 1976 with their shock number 1, Brand New Combine ‘arvester, or their number three hit I am a Cider Drinker?
"Obviously, I agonised over which of their songs would be best as the national anthem of Somerset, but I’ve gone for a little-known, but rather sweet song called Good Ol’ Somerset.
"Frankly, if you’re not standing up, waving a pint of scrumpy around with your hand on your heart by the end of this little number, you should probably move to Hampshire."
The Wurzels seem to agree, as they retweeted Laura's message to their 7,500-odd followers:
— CSG (@censomgaz) October 26, 2013
Oliver Hulme recommends Surfin' Turnips and West Country.
He said: "Shot on a wobbly camera at Farm Festival – one of the most joyous songs of praise to a homeland – while most anthems praise the singers nation and threaten to crush all before them- this one just says: 'Hello there, how are you? Fancy a pint?'"
Ian Mat's choice: Cheddar Cheese by Shaun Keaveny.
The sleeve notes (off YouTube) say: "This game-changing track features behemoths of the rock world: Mark King from Level 42 on bass, Craig Potter and Guy Garvey of Elbow on keys and BVs, Shaun Keaveny on vocals and guitar, and Matt Everitt of Brit-pop sensations Menswear on drums. A paean to a great British milk-derivative/national treasure."
Which song should be the Somerset anthem? Or are they all too awful? Vote in our poll.