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Stuart Pearce and friends in band video

September 2010

CALLING on your mates to appear in a video is nothing new but when they’re former international footballers and a soap actor it makes all the difference.
That’s been the case for Nottingham-based indie band The Establishment, whose Be That Way video has been viewed by nearly 11,000 people on YouTube.
It’s largely due to the few familiar faces on screen.
Forest legend Stuart Pearce plays a nightclub doorman opposite Des Walker, while their former England colleague Teddy Sheringham charms the ladies in the club and Les Ferdinand serves behind the bar.
“Des is a big fan of the band and he called in a few favours,” said guitarist John Burns, a former Forest midfielder, who lives in Ilkeston.
“I played under Pearcey when he took over for a short time but it was Des who asked him to join in.”
The video, shot in black and white, mixes footage of the band playing live with a sequence in a nightclub, filmed at The Central in Huntingdon Street.
“They came down to Nottingham and did their piece which was fantastic. And it was a brilliant day. They’re all just genuine lads.”
Nottingham’s Coronation Street actor Chris Gascoyne, who plays Peter Barlow in the soap, is filmed walking in The Park.
Former Coventry and England player Dion Dublin, who also appears, is now managing the band.
Burns, 32, formed The Establishment four years ago with drummer Steven Landon, when they met at a music shop in Ilkeston.
The bassist is engineer Neil Jacks, guitarist Stuart is an electrician and frontman Stephen Hobster is a joiner. All but Burns live in Arnold.
The band, who describe their sound as a mix of Oasis, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, have since played regularly at Southbank and The Approach.
Burns, who was with Forest from 1994 to 1999, learned to play the guitar as a teenager.
“In football you would finish by 12.30pm. I’d go home and practice in the afternoon, writing songs.
“It was a great job but you retire early,” said Burns, who works full-time as a mortgage adviser in the city centre.
He added: “I’ve played football in front of 30,000 people but playing music in front of a few hundred is easily as good.”
The single, Be That Way, is released next week as a download.
“Our big aim is to crack the top 40. We’ve been told we can do that with around 4,000 sales.”
He added: “I remember Teddy saying I hope it gets to number one. I said steady on Teddy, it’s our first one”.
A second video is already being planned.
“We already have five big stars lined up for the next one. I can’t say who they are just yet.”

The single is available to download from

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