Listen to hand-picked tracks by Bastille drummer and Green Army fanatic Woody, along with some of the best new music on the Plymouth Argyle FC Official Playlist on Spotify.
Chris “Woody” Wood is best known as the drummer of the multi-award winning Bastille. One of the most successful British bands of the past decade, the four piece have sold over nine million records worldwide since their formation in 2010.
Both of their albums, ‘Bad Blood’ (2013) and ‘Wild World’ (2016), went in at No.1 on the UK Album charts. Their third album ‘Doom Days’ is on its way in the near future, with the group having shared singles ‘Quarter Past Midnight’ and ‘Happier’ featuring Marshmello in 2018.
One of Woody’s greatest passions outside of music is his hometown football team, Plymouth Argyle. Therefore we couldn’t think of anyone more perfect to put together a playlist for the Green Army.
When it came to deciding on a song that he identifies with Argyle the most, Woody picked a Reggae classic that has been adopted by the club’s fans in recent years “It would have to be ‘Three Little Birds’ by Bob Marley. It’s become an anthem during our slow and steady recovery from near liquidation a few years ago.”
With his earliest memories of watching football coming before the turn of the millennium, Collapsed Lung’s 1995 banger ‘Eat My Goal’ takes him back to his childhood days on the terrace.
However one of his favourite football memories came this summer during the Three Lions’ magnificent run in the World Cup in Russia: “England were 1-0 up against Croatia at half time in the Semi-final and the place we were watching the game at played Gala’s ‘Freed From Desire’.
“Everyone there went mental when that came on and it felt like we might actually make it to the final. How wrong we were!”
Woody describes his favourite Argyle player of all time, Paul Wotton as “the boy that bleeds green and white”. A club legend making over 400 appearances in two spells with his hometown club, the 41-year has been part of the coaching setup at Home Park since retiring in 2015.
Despite being a defensive player, Woody says that Wotton “had one of the hardest shots you’ve ever seen.” Therefore he’s added Queen’s ‘Hammer To Fall’ to the playlist in honour of Number 15’s thunderous right foot.
The Devon native is most likely to have Thin Lizzy’s ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ blasting through the speakers while on his way to the ground and would get the Argyle players pumped during the warm-up with Justice’s dance classic ‘We Are Your Friends’.
Woody would set the tone for Plymouth heading out to the tunnel by making sure that the remix of Solo 45’s ‘Feed Em To The Lions’ – featuring Wiley, Stormzy, Tempa T, Fekky, Lethal Bizzle and Enter Shikari’s Rou – is the last song played before they leave the dressing room.
When it comes to picking a track for the players to walk through the tunnel and out onto the pitch to, Woody wouldn’t differ from the Pilgrims using John Phillip Sousa’s marching song ‘Semper Fidelis’ because “it plays before every game and instantly transports me back to Home Park”. Meaning “always faithful” in Latin, Semper Fidelis is also the club’s motto.
If he had to choose one of Bastille’s tracks in place of ‘Semper Fidelis’, the band’s drummer would go for ‘Blame’ from their second album because “it’s just a dirty, horrible guitar riff the whole way through.”
Wham’s cheesy pop classic ‘Club Tropicana’ would be played after a victory at Home Park if he had control of the PA system. And Woody’s pick for the greatest football anthem of all time?
“New Order – ‘World in Motion’. Anyone saying otherwise is wrong!”
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