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‘I often see fans crying or snogging to it’: Cast on how they made Walkaway

‘It was used as the soundtrack when the England football team were knocked out of Euro 96. The nation wept, Walkaway was the song – and I missed the whole thing’

I’d already written five songs for Cast’s debut album, All Change, when I stumbled across the chorus of Walkaway in my bedroom at my mum and dad’s house. When Walkaway was used on the Euro 96 TV footage after the England football team were knocked out, Cast were in the US on tour, so I didn’t get to witness the whole national fever that was flying around. I think it was meant to look like an opium den or something – I had to lie on a couch in a red crushed velvet suit while the director gassed us all with joss sticks.

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