Jailhouse rock is so last century.
These days, it’s all about extradition selections.
Coatesville resident Kim Dotcom has an album coming out in the next few months.
Bail conditions (since relaxed further) allowed him to head to Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios to record it. We’ve already seen the John Banks Rap aka “Amnesia” (see below), which may or may not make the long player – and the “Mr President” track, a direct appeal to Barack Obama, is expected any day now.
But at the other end of the world, another high-profile internet personality fighting extradition, Julian Assange, has inspired a new fundraising compilation.
Entitled WikiLeaks: Beat the Blockades, the tracklisting includes “Wikileaks and the Need for Free Speech”, “Where There Are No Secrets”, “Wikileaks Anthem: We Want the Truth”, “Rise Above (Wikibeetz4wikileaks)” and “Datacrime 2011 (Wikimix)”
While Assange, currently holed up in the Ecuador embassy in London seeking asylum, does not to the best of my knowledge perform in any of the songs, he’s the inspiration for some of them.
Such as “The Ballad of Julian Assange” (see above).
A taste of the lyrics:
I heard the news just yesterday
That they’ve taken you away
To be extradited, to the USA
They say that it’s to Sweden
That they’re going to take you first
But the Yankees are pressing hard
For revenge is what they thirst
They’ll be doing all they can
To lock truth up in jail
But all the efforts will come down to
Is one big epic fail.
Neither album, I suspect, will be available for purchase on vinyl.