After Snow Patrol came down to see us in 2009 and ended up making this here and Kasabian did their video for Fire in Piketberg, Coldplay have also shot (bits of) their video for their new single Paradise here in the Western Cape and Jo’burg and some other places in SA.

No word yet on whether the band will be heeding TKAG’s appeal and support their cause to cost South Africa thousands of jobs block fracking in the Karoo. UPDATE: Just a note that there’s no way the (ZS-registered) jet in the video would have the range to make it from Heathrow to Cape Town. In all likelihood, it would require at least one refuelling stop (Niger, Chad, Nigeria?) at which point the elephant would surely have been discovered and – at best – put into quarantine for several weeks. I’m just saying. However, I recognise that artistic licence has to be used here, since the genuine tale would make for a very long, boring and somewhat depressing video.


Quota video time and since there’s no decent football on tonight due to the plethora of international friendlies tomorrow, I thought that I would remind myself of the Premiership by giving you the theme tune of the international feed for that league, Kasabian’s Fire.

There’s a South African link as well, since the video was shot just up the road in picturesque and sleepy Piketburg and was probably the biggest thing to hit the dorpie since the N7 was built. It’s not every day that some boys from Leicestershire decide to pop over and hold up the bank with guitars as weapons. Don’t press that panic button or I’ll riff you to death.

Kasabian’s tenuous link with football and television don’t begin with this theme song, however.
Who could forget that they provided the music for the Sony Bravia ad featuring Kaka and a giant zoetrope?

Not you, I’m sure.