Ian Broudie, founder of The Lightning Seeds group, revealed to FourFourTwo that he was so afraid of hurting Robbie Fowler while filming the Three Lions music video that he instead passed on his responsibilities to comedian David Baddiel.
Together with comedians Baddiel and Frank Skinner, The Lightning Seeds have helped produce arguably England’s most iconic football anthem, with Three Lions becoming the only song in existence to have reached No. 1 in the UK four times with the same artists. Such success in the 90s also meant the inevitable production of a music video, with England players of the time recruited to make appearances.
Robbie Fowler was one of the players, and during the music video he is seen comfortably passing the ball past a defense consisting of Broudie, Baddiel and Frank Skinner in a recreation of Gary Lineker’s 1990 goal against Germany. West. All three songwriters then joined in the celebrations, but that didn’t stop Broudie from worrying about injuring Fowler and knocking the forward out of action.
Therefore, Broudie said TFF in the new edition, a special World Cup available for purchase (opens in a new tab)that instead of something going wrong, he made Baddiel take his place by grabbing Fowler instead.
“One of the things we did was recreate famous England goals with myself, Frank Skinner and David Baddiel,” Broudie explained.
“For Gary Lineker’s goal against West Germany, Robbie Fowler played Lineker and I was supposed to play David Platt in the celebrations, grabbing him by the neck and ruffling his hair.
“I was terrified of hurting him – I knew Liverpool had a game coming up! – so David did it at the end. But the video was really, really fun.”
More than 25 years later, the song is still going strong, having enjoyed a renaissance thanks to England’s successes in the last two tournaments. Broudie admits he endured a love-hate relationship with Three Lions, however, but Euro 2020 helped rekindle his love of singing.
Pleasantly, Broudie admitted he joins in whenever England fans start singing Three Lions in a stadium. Watching England beat Germany 2-0 at Wembley in the Euro 2020 Round of 16, the song came back to the fore.
“At Euro 2020, I was in the game against Germany and in the final. When Three Lions was sung, it was exhilarating.
“I join in – when you’re around you’re just a member of the crowd. It was great that another generation embraced it. I’ve had a mixed relationship with the song over the years: on the one hand, it’s been a bit of a grind; on the other hand, it’s a huge gift.
“But now I’m really comfortable with it. I like playing it and including it in most setlists.”