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Thursday, 8 February, 2001, 17:14 GMT
Soccer theme is stars' goal
Former punk guitarist Moby is now a dance act
Dance star Moby and rockers U2 are competing to provide a new tune for ITV's Des Lynam fronted Saturday night football highlights show.

Also in the running to write a track for the show, due to launch on 18 August, are Mercury Music Prize winner Badly Drawn Boy and composer of the theme from The Piano, Michael Nyman.

It's very exciting, but we're not surprised

ITV Spokesman

Last December ITV approached a number of record companies asking whether their artists would like to pitch for the theme, which will also be used for ITV's other weekend football highlights programmes.

Nessun Dorma

They got a response from around 20 acts who will now put forward ideas for the show.

An ITV spokesman said: "It's very exciting, but we're not surprised.

"If you think about how singing Nessun Dorma as the TV World Cup theme in 1990 gave a different aspect to Pavarotti - these bands realise that having their music played 30 odd weeks a year is a very attractive prospect."

U2: NME "godlike genius" award winners
U2's material has often been used for TV incidental music.

Their Until The End Of The World featured in Wim Wenders' film of the same name and they created Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me for Batman Forever.

Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Junior from the group also wrote the theme for Mission: Impossible.

Moby's work has been used in many ads and provides the theme for BBC Choice's Liquid News show.

Badly Drawn Boy's The Shining has recently been used for a Gap advert.

Presenter Des Lynam announced his departure from the BBC's Match of the Day for ITV in August 1999.

See also:

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Des Lynam
01 Jun 00 | Entertainment
Double honours for Moby
03 Aug 99 | UK
ITV signs Des Lynam
17 Aug 00 | Match of the Day
History of Match of the Day
08 Feb 01 | Entertainment
World-beating U2 delight fans
13 Sep 00 | Entertainment
Mercury joy for Badly Drawn Boy
12 Sep 00 | Entertainment
Mercury joy for Badly Drawn Boy
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