The Special AKA – Nelson Mandela (CHS TT12 26/TT 26) (1984)

SAM_0190MANDELA SHOCK DEATHBED CONFESSION: ‘I NEVER LIKED “NELSON MANDELA”‘                                                       Freedom Fighter Found Special AKA Song Forced, Trite

(Johannesburg, South Africa) –  Calling them close for what his family assumed would final pronouncements of love, former South African president Nelson Mandela instead whispered a shock deathbed confession: “I don’t like The Special AKA’s ‘Nelson Mandela’ and I never have.”

“Obviously, I approved of the sentiment,” he sighed, managing the merest trace of a smile. “But I always found the lyrics trite and the ‘party’ air a bit forced.”

“It’s a problem with a lot of Jerry Dammers’ music, but especially The Special AKA, that tendency towards polemicism,” continued the anti-aparteid revolutionary. “Please don’t let them over-play it on the radio when I’m gone.”

With his dying breath he allowed that, “‘Ghost Town’ was awesome,” before closing his eyes for the last time.SAM_0191Editor’s Note: A couple more from a batch of records given to me a few years ago by a friend. I’ve played it a few times today to remember the great man.SAM_0192

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  1. asbo strikes again! i agree with the politico rant not fitting with the carnival-style music – if mr dammers felt compelled to commentate on the situation (other than quitting as a musician and becoming a politician himself, which in my view is what these people should do rather than use their star status and music as a vehicle to spout off their views), at least he should have added his sentiments to a less upbeat tune, and kept this one aside for when nelson mandela was finally released – “we’ve freed nelson mandela” anyone? actually, this scans better with the melody than the actual lyric i.e. “free-hee nelson mandela”!


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