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Old 10-10-2014, 11:27 AM
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Thinking nationalities and anthems and events (rugby, soccer, chess, anything in a stadium). Which nationality do you reckon is the most committed when it comes to singing their anthem?
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Old 10-10-2014, 12:01 PM
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Wales, of course. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM4mIlYKG9s

(Not everybody knows the words but even if they don't, they hum the tune.)
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During the recent World Cup there were a few South American teams that had mightily impressive anthem singalongs!
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Old 10-10-2014, 02:58 PM
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Canadians seem to be pretty proud of their national anthem.

Oh Canada!
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Old 10-10-2014, 03:51 PM
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I was over in Japan back in the 80's for quite a while and I remember hearing this for the first time and thought what a beautiful anthem. It was at dawn on a partly cloudy day and the background of the sea offshore was striking.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kq8OEmOdBAM
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Old 10-11-2014, 01:23 PM
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Canadians seem to be pretty proud of their national anthem.

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Old 10-11-2014, 01:32 PM
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Had to post it :)

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Wales, of course. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM4mIlYKG9s

(Not everybody knows the words but even if they don't, they hum the tune.)
Even better when you're the Secretary of State for Wales! John Redwood does his best Mr Bean impression!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIwBvjoLyZc
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Old 10-11-2014, 03:18 PM
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Even better when you're the Secretary of State for Wales! John Redwood does his best Mr Bean impression!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIwBvjoLyZc
Haga, legendary isn't it? And equally appalling, the ignorant piece of carp.

I've twice had the immense privilege to stand with tens of thousands and sing "Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau" at the Millennium Stadium before (losing) rugby matches. Very moving, and makes me proud to be Wenglish, in a non-xenophobic, non-flag-waving sort of way of course.
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Committed? I think I need to be committed after being subjected to some of the "versions" of our Anthem... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YMc87XQ4gM
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Without even watching Jeremy's video I will say it really bothers me to see some people use the singing of our National Anthem as an audition.
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I think South Africa has a wonderful national anthem.

I don't think us English do it very well. 'God Save the Queen' is a bit of a kicker if you're an atheist republican.

The Welsh do indeed sing their anthem very well, especially at Rugby matches. I still think hearing the Irish anthem for the first time at Twickenham (seated in the middle of 200 Irish fans) was a real experience and one I will never forget.
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National anthems have been so abused that their significance and effect has been diluted.

This year, the rugby league grand final was played between South Sydney and Canterbury-Bankstown - two small regions of Sydney, Australia. Before the game they played the Australian national anthem (with Olivia Newton John singing which is akin to getting Charlie Watts to power the Buddy Rich Big Band). They do it every year (the anthem, not Olivia). They also play the anthem before interstate games.

It's obviously a big wank , especially with all the English, New Zealand, Tongan and Samoan players involved. But the game is largely run by News Ltd, owned by Fox overlord, Rupert Murdoch, which could explain the madness of it - on a number of levels.

So Jimi's Star Spangled Banner is my pick.
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Old 10-13-2014, 02:18 AM
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The best U.S. National Anthem I ever heard was in Washington Virginia on the 4th of July at some point in the mid 80's. The Seldom Scene were playing that day (all day) followed by fireworks. The event has grown exponentially over the years and at this point in time it still retained a homey, folksy, ambience which later morphed into the zoo that it has become. So.... a brother of one of the Seldom Scene was attending college and was majoring in music. He came out and sang the Anthem a cappella with a large and confident operatic voice and blew the place away. Positively fabulous.
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Old 10-13-2014, 03:31 PM
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The Welsh national anthem is indeed buitiful,but I 'll still take the Star Spangeled Banner.....everyday, and twice on Sunday.Go USA....I still get a lump in my throat everytime I hear it.

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