Does the following rhythm have a recognised name or composer?

It is a rhythm you would typically hear at Soccer matched with the crowd clapping in time with each other. At an England match you would hear the crowd shout "Eng-Land" with the last quaver and crotchet.

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  • Music Fans may get more response.
    – Tim
    Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 16:16
  • Just like “shave and a haircut, two bits”, the famous door knock rhythm, it’s probably a rhythm from a song, I would guess something contemporary. Hopefully someone will recognize the source.. Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 16:28
  • This rhythm used in The Cars, Let's Go and Ramones, Rock and Roll Radio, but I don't know of a name for the rhythm. Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 17:14
  • @Tim, this seems a fair question. Some rhythms have well known names like habanera, tresillo, bolero, etc. Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 17:26
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    I can attest to it being used as far back as the 60s/70's at Leeds Utd matches. "M. I. MIC. M.I.C.K.Mick Jones"
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 17:34

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I don't know if this is definitive, but I did some tracing back to the 1962 song Let's Go (Pony) by The Routers.

So, there may not be a name for it, but I think this is a reasonable pop culture source. It's interesting to note the connection to sports cheerleading.

  • Good find Michael! Not surprising it’s been used in other songs, it’s a catchy rhythm..and short enough to not infringe on a copyright. +1 Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 22:06

Used by Bay City Rollers - Saturday Night


The last 5 beats are "shave and a haircut, two bits." It can be tacked on to most songs.

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    If you substitute two sixteenths for the second 8th note of the second bar it would be that exactly. Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 16:35
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    Isn't shave and a haircut in 6/8? Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 17:15
  • It's in 4/4: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shave_and_a_Haircut
    – Aaron
    Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 17:57
  • It seems that @MichaelCurtis answer is the correct one. Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 18:12
  • @MichaelCurtis - definitely in 4/4.
    – Tim
    Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 18:21

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