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Retro Football: Feel Irie With Ruud Gullit’s Reggae Classic ‘Not The Dancing Kind’, 1984 (Video)

By Chris Wright

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Did you know that, at the peak of his powers, Ruud Gullit indulged in his love of reggae and released a kind of calypso-tinged, Billy Ocean-esque single called “Not The Dancing Kind” in 1984 (during his Feyenoord days) in his native Holland.

Such was Ruud’s popularity at the time that the record actually made it into the Top 10 in the Netherlands – and it’s not hard to see why…

Such was the warmth with which “Not The Dancing Kind” was received, an envigoured Gullit had another crack at the charts four years later with a little help from Dutch reggae enthusiasts Revelation Time and a song called, quite simply, “South Africa”; an anti-Apartheid anthem which reached No.3 in the Dutch charts and went on to end the suffering in South Africa almost single-handedly…

Shekshy football at its shekshiest.

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By Chris on March 20th, 2014 in Featured, Newsnow, Retro, Songs & Chants, Videos. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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