Radio Free Krakow: 2018 Edition
Do the Rolling Stones play requests?
They probably haven’t done that since the very early days at Eel Pie Island, Richmond’s Crawdaddy, or the Ealing Club, but here’s what some people might ask them to play their next time in Poland:
“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” – anthem of assorted opposition politicos
“Hey, EU, Get Off of My Cloud” – song first recorded by Popu and the Lists
“Not Fade Away” – anthem of the superannuated politicos clinging to power
(“Here comes my) 19th nervous breakdown” – song first recorded by a state TV newsreader trying to reconcile reality with government propaganda
“Miss EU” – anthem of the British “Remoaners”
“(Re) Mona” – riposte by the British Brexiteers
“Under my thumb” – wishful thinking by Jarosław K
“Rough Justice” – song dedicated to Małgorzata G
“Time is on My Side” – anthem of the next generation of democrats
5 thoughts on “Radio Free Krakow: 2018 Edition”
‘Sittin’ on a Fence’ – where every public broadcaster should be
‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ – the Eurocrats to the Brexiteers
PS – I have no idea whether the Stones are pro or anti Brexit. Musicians generally tend to stay away from politics – with a few notable exceptions. When the great Ringo Starr made his views about Brexit known, he came in for a lot of totally undeserved flak.
This idea may have run its course. Best wishes to the Stones, (Sir) Ringo and all those other musicians who continue to demonstrate that making music trumps politics every time.
At the risk of concentrating on the UK’s attitude to Europe and ignoring events in Poland – (although thousands of Poles in Britain are following the Brexit developments closely) – here’s what pro-European Bob Geldof has to say about how leaving the EU would impact on the free movement of musicians in Europe, among other things:
The Continuing Saga of Brexit
This may be just as topical at the Krakow Post as elsewhere, because the prospect of Britain leaving the EU is of interest not only to many Polish nationals living in the UK, but also British expats living in Europe.
Geldof’s argument about the music industry (above) was dismissed as “hysterical” by prominent spokesman for the Leave group Nigel Farage, former leader of the UK Independence Party. People in Poland may not be aware that the vote to leave in the 2016 referendum was carried by quite a narrow margin (52% in favour of leave, 48% remain, on a turnout of 72%).
Mr Farage himself stated, before the vote was taken, that if Remain won – and the hypothetical percentages he gave were the exact reverse of what actually happened – then he would call it “unfinished business”.
So the question arises: would he have been campaigning for a second referendum if the Leavers had lost by a narrow margin? It rather sounds as if he would.