Can You Dig It (song)

"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?"
Single by The Mock Turtles
from the album Turtle Soup
  • "Lose Yourself"
  • "Lay Me Down"
ReleasedMarch 1991 (1991-03)
Songwriter(s)Martin Coogan
The Mock Turtles singles chronology
"Are You Experienced?"
"Can You Dig It?"
"And Then She Smiles"
Music video
"Can You Dig It?" on YouTube

"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 single was dedicated to Alan Duffy, noting "shine on you crazy diamond" on the CD single sleeve.


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.[1]


Vodafone began to use the song in UK television advertisements for Vodafone Live! in 2002, raising the song's profile. Fatboy Slim and Simon Thornton remixed the song for a single release by Virgin Records in 2003 which peaked at number 19 on the UK Singles Chart.[2] Vodafone subsequently started using the new remixed version instead. This remix coincided with the release of Virgin's Can You Dig It?: The Best of The Mock Turtles, to which this new remix was the sole single released to promote it.


Original versionEdit

Chart (1991) Peak
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[3] 57
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 12
UK Singles (OCC)[5] 18
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[6] 19

2003 remixEdit

Chart (2003) Peak
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[7] 65
Greece (IFPI)[8] 40
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 34
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 96
Scotland (OCC)[11] 17
UK Singles (OCC)[2] 18

In popular cultureEdit

"Can You Dig It?" is the theme song of SSE Airtricity League Live on RTE. In 2012, the song was used by online casino Gala Bingo in an advertisement.


  1. ^ Referenced in Week 9 of Radio Republic Shows ' Good Vibrations' and,,1074166,00.html
  2. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 8 no. 18. 4 May 1991. p. 25. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  4. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Can You Dig It?". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  6. ^ "The Mock Turtles Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 21 no. 13. 22 March 2003. p. 13. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Top 50 Singles Εβδομάδα 29/03 – 04/04" (in Greek). IFPI. Archived from the original on 14 April 2003. Retrieved 29 June 2020. See Best column.
  9. ^ " – Discography The Mock Turtles". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  10. ^ " – The Mock Turtles – Can You Dig It? (Fatboy Slim & Simon Thornton 2003 Remix)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 December 2018.