A HEART-WARMING song about a little boy riding in his father’s digger has become a sudden favourite for Christmas No1 2005. (Click here to watch video)
The track, called The JCB Song, came from nowhere to lead the charge for the festive top spot and will go head to head with the likes of Westlife, G4 and The Pogues.
It was penned by 27-year-old Luke Concannon and tells how great he felt when he was five and his builder dad picked him up from school in a JCB.
Luke, of Leamington Spa, Warks, struggled in his studies because of dyslexia and says he was often bullied.
The JCB Song celebrates how all his troubles disappeared when he was riding in the cab of the big digger with his father Kieron.
The song and accompanying video — which can be viewed on the internet — has achieved cult status after web users started to spread the word.
The video features of animations of childlike drawings done in crayon on school notebooks.
Luke is one half of double act Nizlopi. He recorded the track with fellow dyslexic John Parker, who has been his best mate since they were 13.
Luke recalls: “My first school was rubbish. The teachers and pupils were real bullies.
“My grandad and dad are Irish and both builders and my dad used to give me a lift home in his big JCB. He even let me drive it sometimes.
“I was so proud of him. I thought he was really cool and when we were in the digger I was so happy.
“All that rubbish with school just used to be left behind for a while.”
The song begins: “Well, I’m rumblin’ in this JCB. I’m five years old and my dad’s a giant sitting beside me.”
Luke goes on to compare his hero father to martial arts legend Bruce Lee — whose name he rhymes with JCB — and hard man BA Baracus from TV’s The A-Team.
He also refers to his favourite childhood toys Zoids and Transformers.
Kieron, 51, is very proud of the tribute his son penned for him.
He says: “It took a while to sink in when he came down and first played it for me. To think something I did with him as a kid had such a lasting effect really moved me.
“People say you must be proud, when they hear the song but it goes way beyond that.
“Anyone who is a parent knows what I’m talking about.”
Kieron has now given up the building business and is helping his son
to set up his own record label, Folk’n Deadly.
He even plays Irish pipes on the track, which will be released on the new label next month [story written in 2005].
Luke and John formed Nizlopi shortly after they first met on the school bus.
The bizarre name for their two-man outfit comes from a former schoolmate of Luke’s — Nina Nizlopi — who he had a crush on.
He says: “I thought her name was amazing. I think she lives in Chicago now but if we get a Christmas No1 I’ll definitely get in touch with her.”
Bookies reckon a festive chart-topper is not out of the question.
The odds against Nizlopi started at 33-1 and have gradually come down. They are now as short as 5-1.
The JCB Song has been dubbed this year’s Mad World.
That was the Tears For Fears number which Gary Jules covered two years ago for the soundtrack to the film Donnie Darko. It surprised everyone by storming to Christmas No1.
The JCB Song is being seen as a quirky but credible alternative to cheesy Christmas ballads.
Luke says: “There is a lot of really bad music out there and I hope this offers something a little bit different and a little bit more thought-provoking than some of the other stuff.
“There’s a good story behind this track. I hope some people can relate to it and hopefully take some comfort from it.
“I don’t look at dyslexia as something that should hold you back and I hope other people don’t as well.
“I hope when people hear this song it leaves them with a stupid smile on their face. That’s how it’s meant to make people feel.”
Click here to listen to the song.
Story written by Derek Brown in 2005