Not the first song to feature a board game but almost certainly the grandest and greatest. Juga is a Chilean chess aficionado doing everything she can to promote the game around the world, to take it beyond the starchy perceptions of yore and into the realm of cinematic heroes and villains. The first track from her proposed collection of chess songs is Oh, Capablanca, a reference to Jose Capablanca, one of the greatest chess players who ever lived…but you knew that. Check it out – genuinely stunning – after that, we rounded up some other, some might say tenuous in some cases, board games immortalised in song.
Frank Black – Calistan
A double win for ex-Pixies leader Black Francis, mentioning both Japanese ball-bearing arcade game Pachinko as well as medieval Indian fun, Pachinko
Joss Stone – Snakes and Ladders
Back down to earth with Joss – presumably it’s possible to never roll the exact number you need to finish. Makes you think.
Elton John – Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word.
We’re pretty sure this is about the board game
Jigsaw – Sky High
Any excuse to post this video. Extraordinary trousers.
Guess Who – American Woman
You win if you asked “have they got a frilly jacket?”
Frank Sidebottom – The Monopoly Song
Is there any list which can’t be improved by the addition of Frank? We think not. Further examples of board game artists or songs welcomed.