Monday, March 05, 2007
Blair anti-war song hits charts
By Robert Dex, Evening Standard 05.03.07
Tony Blair has finally become a rock star - whether he likes it or not.
An anonymous group of session men have called themselves Ugly Rumours, the name of the Prime Minister's band from his student days, and entered the charts at No 21.
They have released a cover version of Edwin Starr's Seventies soul classic War, complete with the refrain: "War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing".
The song accompanies a YouTube video poking fun at the PM which has been downloaded by thousands of fans and has snowballed into an anti-war protest.
Music producer Ben Gray, 34, from Fulham, enlisted Mr Blair's sister-in-law Lauren Booth and Respect MP George Galloway to play police officers who arrest a Blair look-a-like.
Mr Gray said: "I was kicking round the idea with a friend and when we hit on War it just seemed appropriate."
Release of the song was held up so it will be in the charts on 19 March - the fourth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.