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'Lifted' by The Lighthouse Family
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Friday, 20 April, 2001, 16:07 GMT 17:07 UK
Labour campaign lifts off on song
Tony Blair
Tony Blair will campaign to a different beat
Labour's election campaign is to be accompanied by the sounds of pop band Lighthouse Family.

The band's hit, Lifted, will be used as the party's theme tune in the same way as D:Ream's Things Can Only Get Better in 1997.

We could be lifted from the shadows, lifted, oh we could be lifted up today, lifted all the way, you and I forever baby

Chorus from Lifted
A Labour spokesman said the song, which reached number four in the charts in 1996, was chosen because it reflected the party's optimism for the future.

He said: "We are in politics to make life better for the people of Britain.

"We are lifting Britain up and taking it to a better future.

"With the voters' backing, we can carry on with the job."

Lifted was the debut single for Lighthouse Family's Paul Tucker and Tunde Baiyewu in February 1996 and went on to sell 250,000 copies in the UK and Europe that year.

The announcement follows speculation that Labour bosses had drawn up a shortlist of songs including Primal Scream's dance anthem Movin' On Up, Proud by Heather Small and an S Club 7 number.

The latter pop combo was reportedly rejected after three S Club 7 members were arrested for smoking cannabis in a London street.

Billy Bragg
Billy Bragg said Labour's choice of theme tune was "bland"

Lighthouse Family said it was "flattered" that its song will be played at the party's major campaigning events.

It said in a statement: "Lifted is a song about being optimistic about the future.

"It's a song about people and about life."

Whether the positive feelings will last is another matter.

Peter Cunnah, one of the founders of D:Ream, said of his famous Labour 1997 anthem recently: "Even now I can't stand listening to the song.

"I'm sure Tony Blair feels the same. We just heard it too many times."


The announcement of the campaign soundtrack is another indication that Labour is ready for the expected election on 7 June.

Singer Billy Bragg, part of the 1980s anti-Tory pop movement Red Wedge, said Labour's choice of election theme song was "bland" and evoked "watered-down Conservatism".

He said: "I think so much of New Labour is about presentation rather than detail.

"They are hoping we won't listen to the verse and just hear the chorus - it's style over content."

Commenting on the lines "It's undisturbable the peace we've found/In a bright blue space up above the clouds", Mr Bragg said: "This for me has connotations with watered-down Conservatism."

'Issues which matter'

The Conservative Party is still to announce an election theme tune.

A spokesman said: "Our campaign is based on the issues which really matter to the people of Britain.

"If Labour think they can hide their failure to deliver on their promises to the people of Britain, then they have got another thing coming."

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