NO football match is complete without a little sing-song and this week Jambos across the Capital have been treated to a new version of an old classic.
It comes after Scottish indie band Frightened Rabbit recorded a fresh take of “The Hearts Song” as a special tribute to the Tynecastle side’s Main Stand.
The structure, which opened in August 1914, was demolished at the end of last season, with a new 7290-capacity Main Stand currently being built.
Hearts fans Ian Greenhill and Jordan Laird, creative directors and founders of Studio Something, were the brains behind the project.
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The pair – both of whom hold season tickets for the Gorgie side – worked on the music video in their own time, contacting fans online for feedback on their favourite moments from the club’s history. Footage of some of the highlights was then built into the video, which also includes images of the Main Stand from days gone by.
Ian, 28, said they were delighted with how the song had been received both by Jambos and the wider public.
He said: “We wanted to do something special for the old stand getting knocked down – we wanted to celebrate it.
“We really wanted a contemporary Hearts song as well, just to mark the stand coming down and to put a new spin on an old song.
“The thing that’s most amazing about the new stand is we were nearly not a club a few years ago.
“Hearts fans and Edinburgh have ganged together and essentially saved the club. It’s unbelievable how quickly it’s happened.”
Described as a “love letter” to the old stand, the video ends with the comment: “Here’s to 103 more years. We nearly died but our Hearts never stopped beating.”
And it was the perfect project for Frightened Rabbit, with band members Scott and Grant Hutchison both known to be keen Hearts fans.
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The anthem was originally penned by Hector Nicol in 1958 and Grant, the band’s drummer, said the public’s reaction had been “incredible”.
He said: “Jordan told me about an idea the guys had to make a short video to commemorate the old main stand at Tynecastle.
“As soon as he mentioned us doing The Hearts Song I was in! The reaction has been incredible. I had no expectation of where it would go and hopefully people take it as the fun wee homage we wanted it to be.”
Work on the £12 million Tynecastle development began before the end of last season, with the new stand set to open in September. The stand is set to include new offices, hospitality lounges, a new director’s suite and even a roof terrace.
Last month fans were able to bid for a number of items from the old Main Stand as part of an auction to raise some extra cash for the club.
Mementos that went under the hammer included a pair of cast-iron bathtubs from Tynecastle’s first team shower room and original iron turnstiles dating back to 1914.