Composer and pianist Alexander L’Estrange’s stunning Cricket Theme Medley
incorporates five numbers, four of which are indelibly associated with cricket’s media coverage. The Channel 9 cricket signature tune based on Brian Bennett’s theme from ‘Bluey’, a detective show in Australia, is followed by BBC Test Match Special’s equivalent, Soul Limbo
, the invention of one of the first racially integrated Memphis rock groups, Booker T. and the M.G.’s. Next comes the official song of the 2011 World Cup, De Ghuma Ke!
(‘Strike it Hard!’), composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa with lyrics by Manoj Yadav, and then the reggae-styled Dreadlock Holiday
, 10cc’s last hit from Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman, where the sub-title ‘I don’t like cricket’ is a misleading preface to a love of the game. Mambo No 5
, a jive dance song by Pérez Prado and popularised by Lou Bega, which is Channel 4’s cricket theme, leads into a reprise of the opening to bring the medley to a close.
from notes by David Allen © 2011