It’s the news we were all expecting to read this morning; former Radio 1 DJ and Saturday Superstore presenter Mike Read has released a reggae-influenced song in support of UKIP.
The track, UKIP Calypso, is performed by Read’s band The Independents and is sung by the 67-year-old in what appears to be an attempt at a Jamaican accent.
Lyrics from the song include:
“The leaders committed a cardinal sin,
opened the borders let them all come in,
illegal immigrants in every town,
stand up and be counted Blair and Brown”
Before leading into the rousing chorus:
“Oh yes! When we take charge,
and the new Prime Minister is Farage,
We can trade with the world again,
When Nigel is at Number Ten.”
Heady stuff that has – as you might expect – attracted quite a reaction from the social media community…
First, comes explicit Twitter support of UKIP leader Nigel Farage:
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) October 20, 2014
However, other people of the social network weren’t so sure how to react.
Some were confused and worried
I've just listened to Mike Read sing a calypso about UKIP. Can anyone explain to me why?
— Rufus Hound (@RufusHound) October 20, 2014
Oh dear oh dear oh dear.
— Jon Abbott (@jon_abbott) October 20, 2014
I have listened to UKIP Calypso.
Let us never speak of this again.
— Chris Terry (@CJTerry) October 20, 2014
Some were pleased with a return to form from Read
The fear of course is that with this UKIP calypso, Mike Read may have harmed his creative legacy.
— Simon Blackwell (@simonblackwell) October 20, 2014
'UKIP Calypso'; surely Mike Read's finest work since his Oscar Wilde musical which opened 10 years ago today. And closed 10 years ago today.
— John O'Farrell (@mrjohnofarrell) October 20, 2014
Some were concerned with the longer-term effects
Former Saturday Superstore presenter Mike Reid has released a song for UKIP. A calypso. And with that, satire passed away.
— Paul Alexander Boyd (@paulalexboyd) October 20, 2014
DJ Mike Reid’s UKIP Calypso… so that’s my next decade of therapy booked then… https://t.co/DgFCPOWhCV …
— Adam Evans (@holyguacamole12) October 20, 2014
Particularly on their pets…
My cat is sad because he has just heard Mike Read's UKIP calypso song and finally lost all hope for humanity. pic.twitter.com/b4Tngtu6b8
— WHY MY CAT IS SAD (@MYSADCAT) October 20, 2014
Some questioned the accent
— Michael Deacon (@MichaelPDeacon) October 20, 2014
One parody account wondered how the other political parties would react
We will counter the UKIP Calypso with William Hague & Theresa May doing a Conservative Hipity-hop Rap Battle, as Eric Pickles breakdances.
— David Cameron (@DavidChameron) October 20, 2014
And one user had high hopes for awards season
Really hope the UKIP Calypso wins a MOBO.
— Rhys James (@rhysjamesy) October 20, 2014
You can listen to the full song on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqs9OSbWluQ