Baccara would re-record Yes Sir, I Can Boogie as Scotland anthem

Baccara would re-record Yes Sir, I Can Boogie as Scotland anthem

Spanish disco duo Baccara have said that they would re-record their 70s classic as an anthem for Scotland as the team heads to the Euros.

Yes Sir, I Can Boogie is on course to return to the Top 40 after becoming the team’s unofficial anthem following their win against Serbia on Thursday.

And the band say they would be happy to record a new version for the finals.

Speaking on BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland, singer Maria Mendiola said she is delighted to have new audiences.

“With this pandemic, I have been sitting at home and this has uplifted me in a way you cannot imagine,” she said.

“I will always thank the Scottish team and especially Andy Considine for making me so happy after 43 years.

“I saw all the articles and everyone was calling me. I was delighted. I thanked the Scotland team and spoke with Andy over Instagram. He had such nice words.”

Maria said she was delighted with the new attention on her song, which spent a single week at the top of the UK charts in 1977.

Asked if she would record a version for Scotland’s campaign in the delayed 2020 tournament, she said: “Of course. If they ask me, I will do it directly.”

The track became a favourite with football fans after a video of ecstatic players dancing to the tune went viral.

The footage showed the victorious squad bouncing in their dressing room after their win in Belgrade to clinch a place at the European Championships for the first time in 22 years.

It was originally adopted by fans as a tribute to defender Andrew Considine.

The Aberdeen cult hero – who was called up to the Scotland team for the first time earlier this year at the age of 33 – famously starred in a spoof video of the song on his stag do.

He dressed in drag and appeared alongside his friends and his father in the professionally-produced video which was played on his wedding day in 2015.

Considine was an unused substitute for Thursday night’s historic match, which saw the Scottish men’s team dramatically qualify for Euro 2020.

But a video tweeted by the Scotland National Team after the game showed him in the thick of the action as he boogie-woogied with team mates including Kieran Tierney, Scott McTominay, Leigh Griffiths and Callum McGregor.

The video immediately caught the imagination of the Tartan Army, with jubilant fans starting a campaign to get the song back to number one in the charts.

It is now number 18 on the Official Chart’s First Look, which is based on preliminary sales and streaming data from the first 48 hours of this week’s chart race.

If it remains in the top 40 when the official chart is announced on Friday, it will be the song’s first chart appearance in 42 years.

The song, which originally sold nearly 18 million copies, was the second-highest new entry at number three on Global Radio’s Big Top 40, which also counts airplay on its stations.

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