Leeds: On His Birthday, An Ace Anti-Ken Bates Song To Sing

All is not well at Leeds United and 'Bates Out' banners are brilliant, but sometimes a parody song can have a bit more impact...
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All is not well at Leeds United and 'Bates Out' banners are brilliant, but sometimes a parody song can have a bit more impact...

As today is the birthday of Ken 'the Ayatollah' Bates, we thought this ace song and post from 2012 deserved a fresh airing for all Leeds fans. Below is what the composer had to say at the time...

The tide is turning against Ken Bates. He's been accused for some time, by the Leeds United faithful, of turning Leeds into a selling club, and it appears that the pending departure of club captain Jonathan Howson could be the final straw. To step up their protests against the silver-haired despot, Leeds United blog 'The Scratching Shed' have teamed up with musician Mark Duffy to pen an ode to his duplicity.

The Scratching Shed's founder and editor explains the construction of the song - 'The idea for the song came about one sleep deprived night when my blood alcohol level was dangerously high. With The Pigeon Detectives blaring out in the background and Ken Bates rants flying around Twitter, somehow the two collided and I woke the next morning to see Mark Duffy had responded to a tweet I could barely recall offering to perform the lyrics I had no recollection of.  This is why drunken ideas should always go on Twitter."

"Anyway, a dozen or so emails later and myself and Mark managed to complete the lyrics for the full song. That left Mark to record the song and me to mess around with some over-complicated video software I didn’t have the foggiest idea how to use. Only a few days later and here we are, ready to share our ‘Bates Out’ propaganda with the world."