Norwich musician's Fit For A King achieves his dream of releasing Christmas tune
A Christmas-mad musician has achieved his long-held ambition to release a single celebrating the season - with the aid of more than 70 Norwich people and the former drummer with The Darkness.
John Fisher, 44, who runs Earth Studios in Salhouse Road, said he had always wanted to write a Christmas tune in the spirit of the likes of Slade and Wizzard.
And to go with his song Fit For A King, he has come up with a Christmas cracker of a video which was all shot in Norwich and features people from the city.
The six-minute video was filmed at places such as the Tunnel Of Light, Gentleman’s Walk, Gringos bar in Prince of Wales Road and St Mary Magdalene Church in Silver Road.
Mr Fisher, from Sprowston, said: “I had just always wanted to make a Christmas song, and not one of those ones which just has some sleigh bells on and isn’t really Christmassy. I wanted it to be Christmas to the nines and over the top, in the spirit of the likes of Wizzard.”
Ed Graham, former drummer with The Darkness contributed the drums to the song, while the video was shot by former BBC cameraman Richard Howes, of city-based Insight Media.
It features a drunken Santa getting into various escapades as he makes his way round the city.
And Mr Fisher was full of praise for all the people who appeared in the video and helped to make it happen.
He is involved with the Black Dog Music Project, which helps people improve their mental health through music, and a number of the project’s users appear in the video.
Mr Fisher said: “I reckon about 60 to 70 people are on screen and there were another 20 involved with it all behind the scenes, including my wife Karen, who has been integral to this.
“Everyone has come together to make this happen and I’m just so pleased that I’ve done it. I couldn’t have done it without all of them and the time and effort which they have put into it.”
The song received its airplay debut at the switch on of the Christmas lights at Thorpe St Andrew’s River Green, while Mr Fisher hired the Hollywood Cinema in Anglia Square to share the premiere of the video with those who worked on it.
The song can be downloaded on iTunes and streamed on Spotify, while the video is available on YouTube.