The Mock Turtles
The Mock Turtles are an English indie rock band, formed in Middleton, Greater Manchester, in 1985, who enjoyed some success in the early 1990s. Their most famous song “Can You Dig It?”, which was released in the UK in 1991, charted at number 18. When the song was re-released in slightly remixed form in 2003, it again reached number 18 in the UK Singles Chart.
“Can You Dig It?” is a 1991 single by the English indie band The Mock Turtles and was featured on the album Turtle Soup. It was originally the B-side to the song “Lay Me Down”. It was released on Siren Records in all formats except for one of the seven-inch singles released in Europe where it was released by Virgin Records.
“Can You Dig It?” reached number 18 on the UK Singles Charts and number 12 in Ireland in 1991. In 2003, after the song was used in a 2002 Vodafone advertisement, it was remixed by Fatboy Slim and Simon Thornton and released again. The remix peaked at number 19 in the United Kingdom, number 34 in Ireland, number 40 in Greece and number 96 in the Netherlands.
The name of the song came about after the Mock Turtles were asked for a name for a song for the B-side to “Lay Me Down” so that the sleeve art could be produced. Martin Coogan had been watching The Warriors which featured the rallying call, “Can you dig it?”. The name came first and then the band went off to write the song