DJ Mike Read is definitely not Bob Marley

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Amazon Album Cover / Ukip Calypso

Avid users of social media are going to find it difficult over the next few days to avoid political party UKIP’s first attempt at the charts with their official song for the 2015 General Election ‘UKIP Calypso.’ Enlisting the help of former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read to write and record the song doesn’t really threaten the X-Factor’s UK chart domination. We here at EWN feel it was our duty to listen to the song so that you don’t have to.  

 Although the song is somewhat comical, we feel it is ripe for some hardcore satirists to rip apart. The team at ‘Have I Got News For You,’ must be gleefully clapping their hands in anticipation at setting about Mr Read and his musical contribution. We aren’t sure what is worse, Mike Read’s excruciating attempt to sing in a cool Jamaican accent that went out of fashion with Jim Davidson and the Black and White Minstrel show, or the fact that the lyrics to this song lean towards racist implications with the often debunked claim that every town has illegal immigrants and continuing the easily refutable notion that the EU wants to straighten bananas.

 With not just one chorus but an interminable six, all entirely devoted to the dream of Nigel Farage becoming Prime Minister, living at number 10 and making the UK a serious trading nation again, it’s clear that the poptastic Mr Read might have had an eye on the charts in the 80’s, but 30 years on, his attempt to remain in the spotlight is bound to bring more ridicule than praise.

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The song is slightly unbearable, but is available for purchase online and to listen to on Spotify, for those brave listeners who enjoy the heady concoction of UKIP, music and dodgy accents. There’s also predictions that the song has a huge possibility of getting to number one with the UKIP party and Nigel Farage promoting the song widely on social media.

We can laugh a little, but Read is certainly no Bob Marley.


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