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Mainstream Dance Culture Goes Football Crazy

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Sunday, September 26, 2004
Rising British breaks duo Acarine said they rap about football hooligan culture in their music 'because everyone else is too uninformed or scared to talk about it' this week, in a new interview with DJ magazine.

"It's totally a taboo subject to talk about football in music but it's the biggest fact in a lot of people's lives in this country," band member Alex Lusty claimed.

"I'd say football, and being part of a crew of supporters, is the closest thing we have to gang life in the UK."

His comments appeared just days before Norman 'Fatboy Slim' Cook announced he's launching his new album Palookaville with a giant party at at Brighton and Hove Albion match, when the team play Sheffield United in a cup game. The stadium is being renamed Palookaville for the day and the 7,000 fans will be exposed to what Cook is claiming will be the 'world's biggest album playback'.

"I have been a Brighton and Hove Albion fans for years," he explained, "Palookaville's coming home."

In more soccer/ club news, exiled superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold also revealed the one thing he misses about living in the UK is football, telling Mixmag 'it's on my rider that all hotels have Sky Sports".

"I won't stay in any hotel unless it's got football (soccer) or access to the games. It's part of being English," the nowadays LA based jock added.

Equally fanatical soccer fan Elton John also talked up his love of the game this week, suggesting his years spent owning Watford football club saved him from taking his cocaine addiction to its ultimate conclusion.

"I'd turn up at the ground and be told, 'Cor, Elton, what a fucking awful suit that is! Or Graham Taylor (Watford's then manager) would sit me down and say, 'You're drinking too much'," he told the Observer.

"I was doing drugs but I never took my habit to the football ground. Never. If I hadn't had Watford I don't know what would have happened to me," he said.