John Barnes was paid simply £200 for rapping on World in Movement
John Barnes will ceaselessly be synonymous for scoring an unbelievable solo effort for England in opposition to Brazil on the Maracana, nice performances for each Watford and Liverpool, and, after all, his iconic rap on World in Movement.
Launched forward of England’s World Cup marketing campaign at Italia 90, Barnes carried out the rap which has gone down in historical past as the most effective soccer songs ever produced.
Nonetheless, he obtained no royalties for the efficiency, as an alternative opting – together with the remainder of the 23-man squad – to share a pot of round £5,000.
“We weren’t on royalties – I’m certain New Order did fairly effectively out of it,” Barnes solely tells FourFourTwo.
“An agent got here to us and stated we had the choice of happening royalties, or getting £5,000 or no matter it was to enter a pool to share between the squad. Somebody stated, ‘Nicely, do royalties imply that if we don’t promote any data, we get nothing?’ This was earlier than we knew it was going to be a New Order track – we solely knew it was a World Cup track.
“We did an album in 1986 [World Cup Party], which was horrendous, however clearly as soon as we knew it was going to be New Order, how good the track was and all the PR behind it, we may have made one other determination completely. It was fun, although.”
Whereas Barnes had earlier expertise of rapping on songs, he confronted competitors within the squad forward of the 1990 World in Movement observe. It is a good job Barnes beat his teammate to the now-hugely important position.
“Anfield Rap was the  FA Cup Closing, so that you make a track and we had been simply pretending to be rappers – we didn’t take it significantly. The New Order one was a correct track, an ideal group, and that’s why it went to primary.
“It got here right down to me and Paul Gascoigne to do the rap, after which I gained the rap-off!”
In reality, World in Movement even reached primary within the charts, clearly soccer fever taking up the track with England’s run to the semi-finals of the event.