The campaign is flying high and currently ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ sits in the top 40 on iTunes and top 20 on Amazon (correct at the time of publishing). D:Ream, the band behind the former UK number one, have caught wind of this and DJ/Producer/Vocalist Alan Mackenzie kindly took the time to answer a few questions for We Are Wearside.
WAW: It's been two decades (!) since ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ reached the number one spot, what are you up to these days?
Al: We're still making music, doing a few gigs, PA's and festivals here and there. Put an album out a couple of years ago. No-one bought it!!
WAW: We're doing our best to get the song flying back up the charts, what is your reaction to the campaign by Sunderland fans?
Al: It's all a bit bizarre really. It was mentioned a few weeks ago but I thought nothing of it until today when I saw something on Facebook about it. Peter hates football so is kind of leaving me to get on with revelling in it. It's certainly much more fun than when it last hit the charts. I had left the band then and was a bit shocked about that. This is more my kind of association.
WAW: The song only started on the terraces towards the end of December during a pretty awful time for the club. Ironically, things really are getting better - have you seen much of Sunderland this season and what are your thoughts on our chances of survival?
Al: I watch a lot of football. Hearts fan with Albion always being my English team. Now I live in Brum, I have a season ticket at the Hawthorns so saw you first hand-probably at your lowest point. I think Di Canio had to go which has been proved with the dramatic improvement since then. I'd say your chances were better than ours now as you can actually win the odd game.
WAW: I know you're a Baggies fan - so I am obliged to ask - how is Stephane Sessegnon doing? I miss him...
Al: I had high hopes for him but a few friends who follow your boys said he would start off well then fade in and out of games to the point we'd hardly notice him playing. They were right. A few costly misses and only one or two decent games I can think of. Shame as he obviously has talent.
WAW: Who is going to win the final then?
Al: You've beaten City before so no reason why you can't do it again. It will be tough but any team with Demichelis in it risks getting beat. If Aguero is fit then you may have problems. Wigan beat them in the FA Cup final last season so they obviously don't like being favourites in the big games! So Sunderland 2-1 is my prediction and I'll be putting a tenner on it tomorrow.
Cheers to Al for taking the time to back the campaign, top bloke – evening buying a few copies! He has also pledged the band will make a donation to the SAFC foundation on the back of it, despite that they don't get royalties for the song. As he mentioned, D:Ream are still going so check out their newer stuff and follow them on Twitter!
You can buy the single using the following links and help us invade the UK Top 40 come Sunday! Please do it!