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We are Teesside. We are singing. We may be deaf.


Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 12 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 12 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 12 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

I’ve always been an advocate for the much-maligned Teesside. It’s a great place to live, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time there over the past four years.

But now something indefensible has emerged. Back in 1995, Middlesbrough FC recorded a song promoting Teesside. Yes, really. It’s called We Are Teesside.


Frankly, a reworked classic would’ve worked better:

Oh, I do like to be beside the Teesside!
Oh, I do like to beside the Tees!

But then, anything would have worked better – or nothing, for that matter.

It’s really quite hard to know what to say about this aural assault. So I won’t say anything… Except that I think Teesside’s come a long way in the last 12 years…

This 1,160th post was filed under: Headliner.

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Comments and responses

Comment from Emily

by Emily

Comment posted at 09:23 on 2nd February 2009.

Where did you get this song? I’ve been looking for it for AGES and am so glad I came across your site, but would love to have the song in my collection!!! I know it’s silly, but I moved from Teesside recently and no one believes me when I say we have a song for the town!!

Comment from Anonymous

by Anonymous

Comment posted at 22:45 on 22nd January 2010.

i know this is corny as hell but i moved away a year ago and it makes me feel the memories

Comment from Anonymous

by Anonymous

Comment posted at 21:11 on 4th October 2010.

I’ve not heard that for ages! I might be wrong but wasn’t this a jingle from the Teesside Development Corporation? Please can you tell me where you got it from, I would love to add it to my record collection too!!

Comment from craig

by craig

Comment posted at 02:36 on 8th October 2010.

i heard that as a kid and have wanted to hear thatbfor years. thanks alot great tune!

Comment from Sid

by Sid

Comment posted at 07:38 on 15th December 2010.

It was indeed for Teeside D.C.. Written by the Music Production team at TFM/Metro led by Jon Craig and I think Moran.

It was later recorded with the football team.

It was also played as part of a key presentation to the RAB in the USA to a standing ovation. Maybe the Americans are more comfortable with Musique de Fromage than the Brits. But it worked!!

Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)

by sjhoward

Comment posted at 20:20 on 20th December 2010.

Thanks, Sid – that’s really interesting background info!

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