Bleeding Claret and Blue (West Ham Cup Final Song 2006)

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Joe Hurley

NYC singer Joe Hurley has written and recorded a special song for West Ham Football Club celebrating their success in reaching the 2006 FA Cup Final. The song 'Bleeding Claret and Blue' (West Ham 2006) pays tribute to manager Alan Pardew and the players of this season's squad, as well as legends like Bobby Moore, Billy Bonds, Clyde Best, and West Ham's recently deceased managers, Johnny Lyall and Ron Greenwood. [read the lyrics]

The song begins in ballad-form before building into a rousing sing-along that references Harewood's semi-final winner, Brooking's goal in the 1980 Final, Anton Ferdinand's dancing, and even a certain 'Pardew Shuffle'

The extended version of the song, included on the CD, actually names every player to appear for the Hammers this season!

Young Joe Hurley at a game

Joe Hurley is a life-long West Ham fan who grew up in London watching the Hammers, and who for many years has been a NYC-based Recording Artist, with two bands, Rogue's March and The Gents. He has released several critically acclaimed CDs in the States, including his debut 'Never Fear' which was dedicated to Bobby Moore and features a song written about him('When you Feel Like Crying') He has performed over one thousand concerts in The US and his West Ham scarf is often seen hanging from his microphone stand, spreading the good word.

Hurley also wrote and performed a one-man show 'The King of Upton Park' about a man obsessed, and in love with, all things West Ham.The show ran in both NYC and Boston, Mass.

Hurley's ballad 'Amsterdam Mistress' appears on the new SONY Records Compilation “Essential Irish Drinking Songs and Singalongs”. He has recorded with Tony Visconti and PJ Harvey, sung duets with Marianne Faithfull, Amy Rigby, and Shane MacGowan, and has toured with bands ranging from Flogging Molly to Cracker.

Hurley, who attended both Cardiff Play-Off Finals, will again be crossing the Atlantic to see West Ham play, this time in the Cup Final.

The single is available today through the band's website www.roguesmarch.com . Hurley flies in to London on Thursday and the Single will be available at Vic Naylor's on Thursday evening for the launch/listening party. It is hoped that the West Ham Club Shop will carry the CD and donate the proceeds to the Bobby Moore Cancer Fund.

The song was produced by Ian Hunter guitarist James Mastro. Backing vocals were supplied by the NYC Hammers.

'Bleeding Claret and Blue' (West Ham 2006) Single Available now featuring special unedited 'every player named' version! Dedicated to Johnny Lyall.

CD Launch Party
Vic Naylor's
38-40 St John St , London
Thursday May 11 6:30-9pm

“Joe Hurley is one of New York's most entertaining frontmen-his distinctive vocals can be raucous as all get-out and as sorrowful as a baritone can be“ - VILLAGE VOICE

THE NYC HAMMERS
Steve Holley-Drums
Dave Decastro-Bass
James Mastro-Guitar
Ken Margolis-Piano/Accordion
Joe Hurley-Lead vocals, Acoustic Gtr

Many thanx to Paul 'The Original' Stanley, Chris Flynn, Ali Rawlings, Nick West, Clive Selley, Marc Kenyon, Duncan Davidson, Jamie Noone, Steve Holley, Dave DeCastro, James Mastro, Kenny Margolis, Jo Selley, Chris Sorensen and Vic Naylor's.