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Saturday, 16 June 2012

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Madonna

Imagine a football team. Week in week out they turn up and put in a solid performance. Nothing inspirational, but they get the job done. 1 - 0 results are the order of the day. There are no thrilling 3 - 0 comebacks here. Don't get me wrong, some games contain bursts of excitement, but they are the exception rather than the rule. If you were to watch one game and enjoy it, you would enjoy any of their games.

The team consists of players who, whilst they can pass it around competently, never thrill you with their sublime first touches, their prowess at set pieces or their silky ball skills. They are trustworthy players who do a professional job on the pitch and fold their towels neatly in the dressing room after use. (They never - I repeat - never go out drinking and fraternising with ladies the night before a game. And then blatantly lie about it.)

At the end of the season they are always in the mid-table spot, exactly in the mid-table spot. Never higher. Never lower. Every season is pretty enjoyable but it is known from the very start where the team is going to finish. Trip to Wembley? No chance.

Every season is exactly the same but a modest number of season tickets are always bought. The supporters are generally people with heart complaints and are therefore averse to any divergence from the norm. This team suits them just nicely. Safe and predictable.

Imagine that football team is a popular music combo.

That team is And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead.