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Just noticed in the Courier that David Balfe has died: "David was a successful songwriter penning amongst others, Chelsea Football Club's "Blue Is The Colour" and "Beautiful Sunday"."

He also wrote ICT's first club song, "Bring It On Home".  I am aware that a lot of folk used to slag it off, but it's a catchy, memorable tune.   Not at all bad.

An airing at the next home game would be fitting.

With condolences and sympathy to his family and friends.

(And, for those a wee bit younger than me, no, he was not in The Teardrop Explodes - that was another with the same name.)

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David Balfe, in the aforementioned "Bring it on Home" extended version (B-Side) at 4mins 30secs, predicted that ICTFC would qualify for Europe.

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28 minutes ago, CaleyD said:

David Balfe, in the aforementioned "Bring it on Home" extended version (B-Side) at 4mins 30secs, predicted that ICTFC would qualify for Europe.

You're right!  As I was typing that, I was playing the three versions - first time in many years - and was very amused when I heard that.

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Sad news. A very talented man but his work lives on.

I was fortunate enough to speak with him a couple of times well over a quarter of a century ago. A fascinating person and a firm part of Highland culture.

Condolences.

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1 hour ago, snorbens_caleyman said:

You're right!  As I was typing that, I was playing the three versions - first time in many years - and was very amused when I heard that.

Are they online?

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Shame that the only version of the song I've found on YouTube is in really crappy quality. Really deserves to be redone.

Edited by Jack Waddington

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Great bloke, who many years ago made my claim to fame happen, after playing football for Ardersier I was enjoying a beer in the Gun Lodge, I'd known David before and got chatting to him, he then introduced me to Ozzy Osbourne, who with his band were recording at Flemington in Dave's studio!  Played a couple of games of darts with the band then had to leave.  

Boys at work didn't believe me until Dave came in last year and verified it.

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Sad news. The song was sold at the stadium on a cassette (a what?). Unfortunately lent mine to somebody (you know who you are 😉 ).

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Given our lack of atmosphere it would be welcomed blaring across the tannoy. Given other clubs take songs and either sing or play (or both) maybe its a consideration that should be made - in lieu of anything better and also a fitting tribute to the man.

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On 10/29/2019 at 3:00 PM, snorbens_caleyman said:

An airing at the next home game would be fitting.

Particularly as his rather more famous song Beautiful Sunday is a Dundee Utd anthem!

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21 minutes ago, Yngwie said:

Particularly as his rather more famous song Beautiful Sunday is a Dundee Utd anthem!

Great idea :smile:

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The song was available online on the club's Audioboom Channel, but I see that everything has been deleted from there for some reason.

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On 10/30/2019 at 8:45 AM, TheMantis said:

Sad news. The song was sold at the stadium on a cassette (a what?). Unfortunately lent mine to somebody (you know who you are 😉 ).

Wasn't me was it?  I got the tape from someone years ago and can't recall who!!!

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4 minutes ago, CaleyD said:

Wasn't me was it?  

No, Mee!

Doesn't seem to have been on here since before we won the Cup though.

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there is a 30 second clip in our files, not the whole thing

happy to stick the full thing in our archive if anyone has it as a digital file

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We will have the links to download for those who want it shortly  ... meantime, here's something i found online ....

 

 

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files can now be accessed on our downloads page : https://caleythistleonline.com/files/

Based on the due diligence undertaken when the files were previously available and uploaded to audioboom we believe there are no copyright issues with this. If anyone knows differently please let us know.

 

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