Petition launched to get Rik Mayall to number one
- Bang Showbiz
- 11 June 2014
A campaign has been launched to make Rik Mayall's 'Noble England' World Cup song number one in the charts
A campaign has been launched to get Rik Mayall's World Cup song to number one.
Following the shocking news of 'The Young Ones' star's death on Monday (09.06.14), a fan called DJ Jon Morter has launched a Facebook petition for the comedian's "lost" 'Noble England' track to top the UK singles chart.
Rik passed away at his London home, aged just 56, and his cause of death is yet unknown.
The actor, who had survived two brain haemorrhages, suffered from epilepsy which led to fits if he failed to take his daily medication.
The video for the forgotten World Cup song sees the 'Bottom' star clad in a Henry V costume and is set to the tune of football chant, "Come on you England, you noble Englishmen".
Over 310,500 people have "liked" the Facebook group so far, so the track may prove more popular than the anthem was at the time of its 2010 release, when it failed to chart.
The campaign is spearheaded by the same "charts hijacker" who managed to keep 'X Factor' winner Joe McElderry off the top spot at Christmas in 2009 in favour of Rage Against The Machine's 'Killing in the Name Of'.
Describing his song at the time of its release, Rik said: "I am the lovechild of Britannia and St George. That is why they gave birth to me, so that I could release this single.
"I'm doing my bit, just like every other Englishman, as we stand shoulder-to-shoulder, doing out bit, stiff upper lip - apart from when you're screaming out the lyrics to 'Noble England'."