Altogether now ... music to our ears

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 March, 2012, 12:00am


'Everybody likes Chumbawamba, but when it gets to the end of the Sevens and it gets dark my favourite musical moment has to be the operatic strains of Andrea Bocelli singing Con te Partiro. Yes, I know some people associate it with Will Ferrell in Step Brothers, but if you're Irish like me, it's a total disaster by then. It's hard not to feel really emotional and the fireworks are exploding all over the sky and you stand there in that really amazing spot in Hong Kong after the prize giving. The Sevens is like a rock festival with a bit of rugby thrown in, but when they play Bocelli after the final, you say to yourself, 'Hong Kong does these things so well, there's nowhere else I want to be right now'.'

Jamie McWilliam,

Head of Structured Liabilities,

Societe Generale.

'In the 20-odd Hong Kong Sevens I've been to, the musical highlight must be the birth of DJ Otzi's Hey Baby as a Sevens sound and it has to be credited to the South African and the Fijian supporters a few years back. The South Africans sitting in the east part of the north stand started belting out with bongos 'Hey ... heyya baby - oooh aaah'. It got louder and louder. So the Fiji crowd in the west part of the north stand started singing it back at them. Then all of a sudden, it was unbelievable, the entire east and west stands started singing it back and forth to each other. And at that moment you had to feel sorry for the 14 poor souls on the pitch who'd flown halfway around the world and were enjoying what was probably the highlight of their rugby careers. And here they are competing with 40,000 people by now are singing their hearts out: 'Ooh ahh, I wannna knnooowwwww, if you'll be my girl'.'

Marty Kaye,

CEO, Millennium Group

'My new anthem for the Sevens would be This is the moment [from the musical Jekyll and Hyde]. I would dedicate my choice to my best mate, David Fordham. Like me, he was a regular on the Hong Kong speaking circuit. He passed away on December 15 last year, having fought leukaemia, and going through a bone marrow transplant, a quadruple bypass and a car accident involving a cement truck. The only donor match for the bone marrow was a Kiwi. He said his leg twitched thereafter every time he saw the Haka. This choice is apt because when I am in Hong Kong for the Sevens I am determined to make every moment count. There's no gas left in the tank by the end. Every moment in Hong Kong has to be a special one to remember.'

Chris 'Buddha' Handy,

former Australian Wallaby hooker, rugby event speaker and TV commentator

'In my bars, I notice one of the songs that get the Hong Kong crowd moving is Move Like Jagger by Maroon 5. I'd like to see the HKRFU put together a film clip of one of the popular Sevens team members dancing along to this tune and edit it with rugby footage of them in action on the field of play. Also, as an Aussie, I love AC/DC's It's a Long Way to the Top. In Queensland, we used to sing, 'It's a long way to the shop if you want a sausage roll'.'

Wayne Parfitt,

Proprietor, Jaspas, Wagyu, Oolaa, Pepperonis et al

'We have one anthem here in New Zealand I love to hear and if they play it at the Sevens, every Kiwi in the crowd will instantly sing along. Loyal is sung by our Dave Dobbyn. It's played everywhere there are Kiwis. If New Zealand win in Hong Kong again, then I hope they play it loud and long. It's a beautiful anthem, played at the one-year memorial service for the Christchurch earthquake.'

Keith Quinn,

New Zealand rugby commentator

'The Fifa Soccer World Cup song, Waka Waka by Shakira would work as a Hong Kong Sevens song. Music and sport is a powerful mix. Although it is more formal than a Hong Kong Sevens anthem, this is true of the Rugby World Cup song, World In Union which was written by P.J. Powers, a white South African. In 1988, she was banned from radio and TV for a year by the apartheid government. Nelson Mandela wrote to her from prison encouraging her to continue with her music. She sang at the presidential inauguration of Mandela and at the 1995 Rugby World Cup.'

Chester Williams

Rugby coach, and Springbok winger in the winning 1995 World Cup team in South Africa

'As a product of the 1970s and 1980s, a few of the old favourites would go down well in the stadium, starting with Stealers Wheel's Stuck In the Middle with you. Thin Lizzy's The Boys Are Back In Town for teams making a return to Hong Kong. The Clash's Rock the Casbah could be sung as 'Rock the South Stand'. The Troggs' Wild Thing, as the Sevens is a pretty wild thing. The Easybeats' Friday On My Mind. The perfect way to kick off Friday night, with the refrain of 'Gonna have fun in the city' being on the mark.'

Sam Farrands

Head of Major Projects Asia

Minter Ellison

'My favourite song at the Rugby Sevens is I Like to Move it, Move it - from the movie Madagascar. I remember when this was first played at the Sevens a few years back. The clip that accompanied it was fantastic. There were highlights of the previous year's matches and the crowd. My favourite part of the video was a snippet of my son's face painted with the Aussie flag that flicked up on the big screen. What would be a great song for the Sevens with 40,000 people singing along? Come on Eileen (Dexy's Midnight Runners) sung as 'Come on Hong Kong'.'

Lloyd Kenda,

Valley Veterinary Centre

'Meatloaf's Bat out of Hell, because that's how some of the Sevens boys run. Iggy Pop's Lust for Life, because those who attend the Sevens have it. Billy Idol's Hot in the City, because it can be [hot] in the south stand. Spandau Ballet's Gold, because the tournament is. Duran Duran's Girls on Film, because this is a big year for women's rugby. Hot Chocolate's Everyone's a Winner. There's only one Sevens winner, but a great song, Robert Palmer's Simply Irresistible, because we can't resist the Sevens. Plastic Bertrand's Ca Plane Pour Moi. A great guitar riff in the intro, and A great intro for the French team (even though Plastic Bertrand is Belgian).

Aiden Whiteman,

Sequin veteran, VP Asia Pacific

Ultra-AEP Networks

'We thought: 'Why not come up with an anthem for the Sevens?' So we created a song called just that ( We wanted to step it up a notch from our first hit I'm on a Tram, which has been a big hit on YouTube, and bring our own local style of music to the Sevens circuit so people can say: 'Hey I know the guys who sing this, they play rugby for so and so'. Or, 'I see these guys coaching or out around town etc.' The band [which Iafeta helped form but doesn't play in] call themselves HHMC. As far as I know they are the only rugby playing rap artists on the planet. Stu 'The Tommy' Gunn coaches local rugby teams and is involved with the Operation Breakthrough programme for at-risk kids around Hong Kong. Boris 'The Hammer' Neithammer plays for the Pot Bellied Pigs who are involved with a lot of fundraising events around Asia. And Marky 'Manila Ice' Komar has played both 15s and seven-a-side rugby for Hong Kong.'

Semiquaver (Semi) Iafeta

Rugby Asia Channel

'As a Scot I'd like to hear Scottish band The Proclaimers' I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) because many people come further than this to the Sevens. Get Ready for This by 2 Unlimited has a great intro that always gets people on their feet. The Sevens should have its own anthem and an album of all the tunes we've all sung along to. It would be a great memory to keep of the tournament.'

Yvonne Freeman,

Orientation Consultant, Santa Fe Removals

'My list includes: Hot 'n' Cold and Firework by Katy Perry; Tonight Tonight by Hot Chelle Rae; If We Ever Meet Again by Timbaland; and Poker Face by Lady Gaga (even if getting tickets to her show proved to be almost as ard as getting Sevens tickets). Also Price Tag by Jesse J & B.o.B., Hey Ya by Outkast, I Like the Way You Move by The Rock Masters, and Rock DJ by Robbie Williams are all also great potential Sevens anthems.'

Kylie Waterstrom,

Paramedic, pilot and parent four times over