Newcastle United v Sunderland Special: Battle of the band as Boy Jumps Ship go head-to-head

18 Mar

Each week, a leading band or musician takes our Starting XI Q&A. But this week we’ve gone mad and we’re bringing you a double header ahead of Newcastle v Sunderland on Sunday lunchtime.


Representing the Toon is Boy Jumps Ship vocalist and guitarist Si Todd, while in the red and white corner it’s bassist Jonny Rob…

SI TODD (NEWCASTLE)

Who would be the most rock ‘n’ roll signing your club could make?
I’d have to say Liam Gallagher. He’d be a total loose cannon, but we’d sign him as a striker and he’d cause absolute havoc on the pitch. He’d be one of those players that would be a total cult hero if he played for you, but every other team would hate him.

If your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be?
It would have to Life Is A Rollercoaster by Ronan Keating. I don’t think there is a lyric that could describe being a Newcastle United fan better than that.

Which football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground)?
Wembley would be the one, obviously! But if I couldn’t do St. James’ Park, my second choice would definitely be The Emirates, it’s an unbelievable ground.

Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star?
I’d have to say Diego Costa, he has all the attributes to be a total diva. He’d be a nightmare to be in a band with, probably because he’d pick a fight with everyone all of the time. In my head I can see him being the singer in a punk band, he’d constantly be jumping into the crowd picking fights with everyone.

Brit award or Premier League trophy?
A Brit award would be unbelievable, but it’s been so long since Newcastle won anything that I’d have to say the Premier League trophy. Newcastle fans have a great reputation for being so loyal, I can’t imagine how good it would feel for us to actually have something to celebrate.

When you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your wall?
I’ve been a Newcastle fan since I was five years old and one of the earliest posters I can remember having on my wall was Peter Beardsley. When I started playing football I learned using my left foot, so I used to love left wingers like Ryan Giggs and David Ginola, too. In terms of music, it would have to be Guns ‘N’ Roses or Oasis, they were some of the first bands I put up on my wall when I first started learning to play the guitar.

Elvis was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of football?
For me it has to be Cristiano Ronaldo. I can’t deny how good Lional Messi is, I just prefer Ronaldo. I think he has a bit more about him. Ever since he won the Champions League with Manchester United he’s been at the top of his game. 

If you were in charge of your club’s dressing room stereo, what tunes would you put on before a big game and why?
It would definitely have to be some sort of rock music. Nothing gets you more pumped up than a big rock song in my opinion, so something like Run To You by Bryan Adams or Welcome To The Jungle by Guns ‘N’ Roses. You can’t beat a classic!

Which signing got you most excited and which player’s departure broke your heart?
I was still really young at the time, but the one that broke my heart would have to be Andy Cole, he was banging them in and I remember being so gutted when he got sold to Manchester United. I was disappointed to see Hatem Ben Arfa leave, too, he was one of the most exciting players I’ve seen at Newcastle in a long time. He was frustrating at times but he always had you on the edge of your seat! The most exciting one would naturally be Alan Shearer, I don’t think many Newcastle fans would argue with that. It was one of those moments where every fan remembers where they were when he signed.

Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs?
Fabio Borini. He always scores against Newcastle, so that’s a good enough reason to refuse him!

What’s the best/worst football song ever recorded?
For me, the worst would definitely have to be the song Pitbull put out for the most recent World Cup. We Are One it’s called. It’s horrific. My favourite would have to be Three Lions by Baddiel, Skinner and The Lightning Seeds. 

JONNY ROB (SUNDERLAND)

Who would be the most rock ‘n’ roll signing your club could make?
Well, until very recently I probably would have said Lemmy! Imagine him at centre-back!? The opposition would play every corner short so they didn’t have to put it in the box, they’d be too scared! 

If your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be? At this very moment?
Has to be Under Pressure by Queen/Bowie. Hopefully that’ll soon change to Dancing In The Street by Bowie/Jagger if we stay up.

Which football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground)?
There’s the obvious cliche of Wembley Stadium, that would be amazing. However , as I’m not allowed to pick the Stadium Of Light I’d pick St James’, to play a stadium in the north-east would be a huge achievement.

Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star?
In terms of rock ’n’ roll footballers there’s only a few to choose from! I’d go with someone like Daniel Agger, he looks like he should be singing in a hardcore punk band. His tattoo collection is impressive. I’ve read David De Gea is into his metal as well, so maybe him.

Brit award or Premier League trophy?
Premier League trophy, every time. I can’t even imagine what Leicester fans will go through if they pull it off. Absolute scenes!

When you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your wall?
I think I had a poster of Kevin Ball on my wall, it came with my first season ticket at the Stadium Of Light! That sat alongside all the tickets of gigs I had attended when I was growing up. And a big picture of Jimi Hendrix.

Elvis was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of football?
For me, Zinedine Zidane. What a legend. Unbelievable on the pitch, super cool, didn’t care what people thought of him. Definitely the king.

If you were in charge of your club’s dressing room stereo, what tunes would you put on before a big game and why?
I’ve got a bit of a reputation in the band for jumping on the decks/iPod at shows and parties after a few too many. As long as I’ve had a couple I’d be playing all sorts of mid 90s dance music! It would get the players proper fired up! 

Which signing got you most excited and which player’s departure broke your heart?
I am still a bit shocked that Jermaine Defoe came to Sunderland. Every time I see him in the line-up I wonder, “has he not realised who he’s playing for yet?!”. I think the biggest disappointment was seeing Darren Bent leave. I am not sure what was going on, but he had the chance to become a proper club legend. At a time when we were arguably at our best for many a year.

Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs?
Joey Barton… do I need to say any more?

What’s the best/worst football song ever recorded?
Worst – Liverpool’s Anfield Rap. Bruce Grobbelaar dressed as a Beastie Boy trying to rap is enough to turn you off after 30 seconds.  Best – Three Lions by Baddiel, Skinner and the Lightning Seeds, purely from a nostalgic point of view. That whole tournament, the way England progressed, tonking the Dutch, Gazza’s goal against Scotland. Good memories! 

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