Being a child born in the 1980s, other than the repeats of the Disney film, my main experience of Robin Hood was the spoof children’s series Maid Marion and her Merry Men, which came about because Tony Robinson (of Blackadder and Time Team fame) was dismayed at the lack of strong female characters on Children’s TV when watching with his daughter. This prompted him to invert the Robin Hood story and have it that it was Maid Marion who was in charge of the merry men (who were a bit of a ramshackle bunch in the show) and Robin was a rather ineffective idiot. Robinson played the Sheriff of Nottingham who was a Blackadder-like character for children complete with ineffective King and dopey servants.
The other exposure was the Kevin Costner movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves which was a box office smash hit and had echoes of the rip-roaring swashbuckling movies of the 1930s and 1940s and sensible removed the more stereotypical appearance of Robin Hood in his Lincoln Green outfit, as to frank, it’s become such a mickey take image it would be difficult to take the film seriously. One of the key successes of the film was the single released in the charts to tie in with the film which was Everything I Do, I Do It for You and became an annoyingly frequent closing number at discos across the world.
Now this is the quintessential wedding party story, I have heard at least six people recant how this happened at a Wedding they went to or a friend went to. After all the speeches etc and the married couple have their first dance as man and wife, they put in a request for their first dance to be Everything I Do, I Do it for You- “the song from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”, this went through various people to the DJ who gets the instruction FIRST DANCE IS THE SONG FROM ROBIN HOOD. So being pre-internet so no Spotify, Soundcloud or Deezer, the DJ would have to find a copy of the song on Vinyl or CD and get it in advance. So the DJ tracks it down and the couple set up for their first dance and the DJ goes and plays the song from Robin Hood. I think you know where this is going…
… considering the amount of people who “tell” this tale it can either mean one of three things:
- There are a large number of very stupid DJ’s out there
- The wedding was held by someone very popular, so popular in fact that they had several thousand People attended hence all these people telling the story. Or…
- It’s a load of cobblers and just another old wives tale.
In all likely hood it is probable that it might have happened to one person at their wedding, but it is more likely that the wrong song was picked while arrangements were being made (I’m sure all these things would be verified beforehand), or even more possible done as a deliberate joke by one or more of the parties involved. But you know what they say, never let facts ruin a good anecdote.