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Keith Allen


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Keith Philip George Allen (born 2 June 1953) is a Welsh comedian and musician, best known for his frequent collaborations with New Order.

He was a member of Fat Les, a band which also contained Britpop artists Damien Hirst and Blur bassist Alex James. Allen was also closely associated with the band New Order. He co-wrote their only UK number one single, “World In Motion”, and occasionally performed with them live. He also appeared in the band’s DVD New Order Story, where he played the host to a fictional New Order game show. He has been involved in several other football-related records, including “England’s Irie” by Black Grape and “Vindaloo” by Fat Les. He also contributed the song “On Me Head, Son” to the film Mike Bassett: England Manager, credited on the soundtrack album to Sporting Les. He also once danced onstage with the Happy Mondays in New York City.

The Official Fit Les Olympics Anthem Songfacts says that In 2012 Allen recorded a protest song against the corporate sponsorship of the 2012 London Olympic Games as a member of Fat Les. Allen recruited former Happy Mondays backing vocalist and X Factor finalist Rowetta and Actress Hands guitarist Matt Eaton for the track, which was titled “The Official Fit Les Olympics Anthem.”

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