Haven’t the poor sods in Gaza suffered enough without this?
A few points…
Cat Stevens became Yusuf Islam donkey’s years ago. So why is he still always referred to as “Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens”. Not that I ever rated his off-key caterwauling anyway.
The new recording of the song ‘The day the world gets round’, originally recorded by George Harrison, features Yusuf on vocals and Klaus Voorman, known to many as the fifth Beatle, on bass.
OK, I appreciate there have been a fair number of “fifth Beatles” but Klaus Voorman? Who the fuck is Klaus Voorman? Well presumably he’s a bass player and therefore instantly forgettable but beyond that it ain’t ringing any bells for Nick here.
It is good to see Mr Islam doing work for a “humanitarian” cause. I vaguely recall him being interviewed over The “Satanic Verses” idiocy. He was asked about The Beards (a ZZ-Top tribute act) burning Salman Rushdie in effigy in Bradford*. He said his only regret was that it was, “only in effigy”. What a twat.
I have a “feory” about the Salman Rushdie thing… I think The Beards had it in for him before Satanic Verses. Midnight’s Children sticks the boot into Islam and Pakistan quite viciously and justifiably. But I don’t think they were gonna act on that because it tops it with a (well-deserved) kicking of Indira Gandhi.
And I’m damn glad they knighted Mr Rushdie. He’s a hell of a writer and anything that increases the discomforture of The Beards is a Good Thing.
*A town worse than Leeds if that is possible. The worst town in the World though is Siloth in Cumbria. It narrowly pips a place I went to once in Portugal the name of which I forget. Siloth is in some sort of strange time-warp. It’s eternally 1952 and two minutes before opening time in Siloth. It is ghastly on so many levels and the inhabitants are the least friendly bastards I have ever met and undeniably they are all inbred.
(Stolen shamelessly from The Cynical Dragon. A highly recommended daily read.)