Saturday, 16 July 2011

Liam Gallagher launches new Manchester City 'Blue Moon' shirt


This is the shirt Manchester City hope will hit the right note with fans.

It should. After all, it features a “soundwave” graphic of supporters singing the club’s anthem “Blue Moon.”

And the FA Cup winners have even enlisted the help of legendary Oasis frontman, Liam Gallagher, the help launch the much-anticipated 2011-12 home kit.

Liam’s new band, Beady Eye, have recorded a version of Blue Moon.
“I’ve been a City fan since I was a kid so to be involved with the launch of a new kit is colossal,” he said. “Manchester City fans are known for having a lot of style and the new shirt looks mega.

“I love the soundwave idea and the Mod-inspired collar looks proper smart.

“Blue Moon is a top tune and has been City’s song for as long as I can remember. It’s been covered by loads of people but the only good one until now was the one Elvis did. I hope the fans buzz off our version and sing along to it at the stadium.”
David Blanch, Senior Designer at Umbro, said: “You can go anywhere in the world and people will know two things about Manchester: football and music. For the new Manchester City Home shirt, we wanted to combine the elements of football and sound in a new and original way.
“Our starting point was the club’s anthem, Blue Moon. When fans are singing Blue Moon, it becomes more than just a song – it’s a connection between the fans and the players. We went into the Stadium to record a section of the fans singing the song.
"From this recording, we extracted an audio clip and created a soundwave graphic which is used within the shirt. One of the most powerful ways in which any fan can positively influence a football match is through sound. We've harnessed that and made it part of the Manchester City's home kit. This is a truly innovative football strip."

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