Tuesday, 21 October 2014

UKIP Calypso

Aficionados of Radio Four's old Start The Week from the Richard Baker days will recall the weekly topical Lance Percival calypso, bringing a ray of Caribbean sunshine to dull winter mornings. Ah, such an age of innocence - when reggae was a niche musical genre bought on 45s from Midlands markets and West Indians were better known for cricket than mugging. And absolutely no-one accused Lance Percival of racism for his attempts to master Jamaican patois.

I'm glad to say that UKIP's promotional calypso single is true to form - gentle, affectionate and guaranteed to bring a smile to the nation's face. For 79p you couldn't do better. Go on, smile. 

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Always much preferred the musical edge of Ska.
I liked the crossover bands, Steel Pulse, UB40, The beat, Selector.

And of course, some of us can remember Northern Soul - the original.

Katabasis said...

The hysterical screaming in response to this on the #ukipcalypso hashtag is immensely entertaining.

Papal Bill said...

Surely Mike Read is due for call from Operation Yewtree!

Rush-is-Right said...

Radders, it goes back a lot further than Start the Week. Don't you remember Cy Grant doing a calypso every day on the Tonight program with Cliff Mitchelmore?

Anon 2 said...

Oh - it goes back before all that! I was scandalised to hear it all the time in Jamaica, in the hotels there ...

And Linstead Market; and Rum and Coca Cola; and Coconut Wahtah; and "Limbo like me" ...

Johnm said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xLbcIianBg