NATO’s anthem: would not scare a mouse

…or me, and I’m terrified of mice!

At the start of the month, NATO – for some unstated reason – adopted an anthem. It’s wordless, dull and about as far away from the music you’d expect of a military alliance as is possible:

It was originally written in 1989 by the then conductor of Luxembourg’s military band to celebrate NATO’s 40th anniversary. Why it’s survived so long is anyone’s guess.

But give it a listen above, as it does at least add to the list of very bad songs adopted as anthems by international bodies, see the UN’s for an even worse example.