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Red Mole and John Lennon May 5, 2009

Posted by WorldbyStorm in British Politics, The Left, Workers Revolutionary Party.
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Speaking about the Beatles on the WRP thread and their radical tilt, Leveller on the Liffey has sent this in, a photograph of John Lennon with Red Mole… (for which many thanks… ).

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1. Starkadder - May 5, 2009

You’d never seen Chris Martin carrying a copy of “Red Pepper”,
would you? 😉

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2. Omar Little - May 5, 2009

Lennon recorded the quite appalling ‘Luck of the Irish’ on the ‘Summer Time in New York City’ LP, which also included the subtle feminist track ‘Woman is the Nigger of the World.’ For those of you troubled by Irish nationalist sectarianism ‘Luck’ includes the lines ‘repatriate to Britain all those who call it home’ but even worse ‘if you had the luck of the Irish you wish you was dead’. Happiness is a warm gun indeed…
However, Paul the sentimental one, was at number one (in Ireland of course) for quite a while in 1972 with ‘Give Ireland Back to the Irish’. Back in the pre-ceasefire days (about 1990) I remember a 2FM request show where you could call in and ask for any obscure song and they’d try and find it, or if not give you a prize. Some guy rings in and asks for ‘Give Ireland Back to the Irish’; I thought he’s going to win something because theres no way they’ll play this. But the stingy bastards come back and play…the B-Side- the instrumental version!
To my knowledge Ringo never recorded a pro-IRA song, unless Yellow Submarine is about the Marita Ann. George had the same name as a major gunrunner. Thats enough Beatles….

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3. Starkadder - May 5, 2009

To Iron Maiden’s dismay, many Loyalists adopted their
“Eddie” figure as a mascot and painted him into their murals.

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4. WorldbyStorm - May 5, 2009

I often wondered about Iron Maiden did they care one way or another?

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5. D. J. P. O'Kane - May 5, 2009

I suspect they were too ‘relaxed’ to care one way or another. . . it’s Tina Turner I feel sorry for.

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6. WorldbyStorm - May 5, 2009

Tina Turner? Although I like most metal I’m not an Iron Maiden fan, bar a few of the singles and Die with your boots on from Piece of Mind…

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7. D. J. P. O'Kane - May 5, 2009

Her song ‘Simply the Best’ was appropriated as a Loyalist (specifically UDA, I think) anthem, with ‘subtle’ changes to the lyrics.

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8. WorldbyStorm - May 5, 2009

Oh yeah. Of course, I get it…

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9. Garibaldy - May 5, 2009

The mid-Ulster UVF and subsequently LVF used it too. They produced very dapper polo shirts with their logo and that phrase before Adair and his mates did the same.

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10. Pete - May 6, 2009

My favourite music and the troubles event has to be the account I read of the Lower Shankill festival where the mad dog read out the names of UVF conected families who had to get out to the backtrack hard Loyalist techno. In my view the high point of Adair’s career. Ah C Company now there’s a study for a cultural sociologist

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11. WorldbyStorm - May 6, 2009

And no doubt it’s being done as we speak…

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12. skidmarx - May 6, 2009

What’s actually dreadful about “Luck of the Irish” is that Yoko sings half the verses. The album also includes “Sunday Bloody Sunday” # When Stormont bans our marches, it’s those mothers’ turn to burn#

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13. Omar Little - May 6, 2009

‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’, now that you mention is the one with the lines ‘Repatriate to Britain etc….’

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14. skidmarx - May 6, 2009

In fact it’s # Repatriate to britain
All of you who call it home
Leave ireland to the irish
Not for London or for Rome! #

Which seems reasonably even-handed.
Incidentally, the album is actually called “Some Time in New York City”. And it’s # you’d be sorry and wish you were dead
you should have the luck of the Irish
and you’d wish you was English instead #
and contains this:
# Why the hell are the English there anyway?
As they kill with God on their side
Blame it all on the kids and the IRA
As the bastards commit genocide #
which seems reasonable.[Not the blame or the genocide, obviously]. It reminds me of the time a Bosnian friend was in Lunar House, the Home Office immigration office in LOndon and asked someone if he was an Afghani. “No I’m not that lucky, I’m a Palestinian” was the reply.
The BBC had a radio programme on Lennon once where possibly Andy Kershaw described STINYC as Lennon’s worst. You can excise Yoko’s lyrics from “Luck of the Irish” with some careful taping. “John Sinclair” is quite rousing, “Woman is the Nigger of the World” is not.

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15. D. J. P. O'Kane - May 6, 2009

>>>which seems reasonable.[Not the blame or the genocide, obviously].

LOL!

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16. Jim Monaghan - May 6, 2009

Paul McCartney recorded a pro Irish song as well.I suppose Sir Paul has got over it.
On footnotes Liverpool used to elect an Irish Nationalist MP. He became the first British Film censor.
I love footnotes. I am almost one myself

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17. Starkadder - May 6, 2009

Elvis Costello’s “Oliver’s Army” contains a coded reference to
Northern Ireland (the “one itchy trigger/white n**ger” line).

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18. PamDirac - May 6, 2009

“The BBC had a radio programme on Lennon once where possibly Andy Kershaw described STINYC as Lennon’s worst. You can excise Yoko’s lyrics from “Luck of the Irish” with some careful taping. “John Sinclair” is quite rousing, “Woman is the Nigger of the World” is not.”

If you can block out the lyrics, which I concede is difficult, STINYC has some good music on it, and Lennon’s baseline rock ‘n’ roll skills never completely deserted him no matter how bad the material with which he supplied himself. Phil Spector was already mad as a hatter even then but the man could produce.

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19. skidmarx - May 8, 2009

Paul McCartney, all he ever did was Yesterday. I bet Ringo never expected to be the most talented living Beatle.

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20. Dustbowlbluez - May 13, 2009

Thanks for the picture of John Lennon.I put it on my blog here http://dustbowlbluez.blogspot.com/2009/05/conversation-with-red-mole-alistair.html
and here http://dustbowlbluez.blogspot.com/2009/05/chancellor-alistair-darling-red-mole-in.html
The artical is about Alistair Darling The British Chancellor of the Exchequer lying about his past membership of ‘The Internatinal Marxist Group’ and selling ‘Red Mole’ and ‘Black Dwarf’. He lied to the Guardian Newspaper saying he had no interest in politics till he joined the Labour Party.Most of these politicians are branch stackers and numbers people both Labour and Conservative.One the biggest branch stackers is Malcolm Turnbull in Australia.He even went around nursing homes signing up new members so he could get ellected.

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21. Dustbowlbluez - May 13, 2009

You will find a 52 minute AVI file documentary movie on ‘The Angry Brigade’ here http://dustbowlbluez.blogspot.com/2009/05/conversation-with-red-mole-alistair.html You can download rapidshare or mediafire but mediafire is much better.You will also find the movie here http://anarchistlink.wordpress.com/film/

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22. Jose Lozano - September 7, 2009

children of the damned!

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