St Etienne – Heart Failed (In the Back of a Taxi) (4)

December 30, 2009

“Sold the club to the PLC/Moved the club out to Newbury/Sod the fans and the families/Heart failed in the back of a Taxi”.

Wimbledon FC might not have moved to Milton Keynes until 2004, but the battle to prevent it was long-lasting, after the previous chairman tried moving it to Belfast, Dublin or Cardiff, much to the chagrin of supporters

Whether the ongoing fight was in the thinking of St Etienne or not, the verse above brought me to the song. Being a good Nottingham Forest support, I was aware the struggle of the Wimbledon supporters to keep the club local was attracting sympathy and assistance from fans of other clubs. I agreed with their sympathy, and St Etienne’s ode to the Modernisation = dehumanisation = loss of local community struck a chord. In a way it is the next step after XTC’s Ball and Chain: the 80s tune being about the struggle, while St Etienne singing about powerlessness and resignation.


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