Pop music and cricket have something in common. They are simultaneously harmless amusements and the most important things in the world.
Their affinity was first celebrated at album-length in the 2009 record The Duckworth Lewis Method, in which Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy and Thomas Walsh of Pugwash sang of Empire and Twenty20, Gatting and the ball of the century and travelling to Pakistan in a VW camper van to meet Javed Miandad.
The album found acclaim all over the world, not least in the offices of The Word magazine where it was, as they used to say, “a fixture on the turntable”. As David Hepworth of the magazine put it, “cricket and melodic pop music are two of England’s greatest gifts to the world – and it takes a couple of Irishmen to remind us of the fact.”
Now it’s 2013 and the Australians are back, as are The Duckworth Lewis Method with Sticky Wickets, another glorious long-playing celebration of the bewitching allure of the great game.
This very special show at Nottingham Playhouse is organised by Word In Your Ear, performance wing of the late lamented Word Magazine, and The Cricketer, the world’s foremost cricket magazine.
The unique feature of Word In Your Ear evenings is their combination of music and speech and on this occasion Simon Hughes, former cricketer, TV analyst and columnist for The Cricketer, will be in the support slot.
Simon will be talking to David Hepworth about A Lot Of Hard Yakka, his award-winning memoir of the life of a professional cricketer, his new book Cricket’s Greatest Rivalry and his TV analysis of the finer points of the game. He’ll also be having a bit of fun at the expense of some of the game’s bigger egos, both in and out of the commentary box.
The show takes place the night before the first Ashes Test takes place down the road at Trent Bridge, making this the point at which the music and sporting calendars of the English summer magically intersect!