No, this is not a frivolous song; it remains to be seen if it can be called a song at all, but it has a very serious point. On April 2, 1982, the Argentine Junta invaded the Falkland Islands, the most far flung outpost of a once mighty British Empire. Although General Galtieri was clearly in the wrong, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher decided to resort to gunboat diplomacy, and sent a task force to the South Atlantic.
On May 2, the Argentine ship General Belgrano
was sunk by a British torpedo attack; some two hundred and seventy-five personnel were lost. On May 4, the front page headline in the Sun
newspaper was GOTCHA
, something most people considered far more obscene than any amount of "effing and blinding" any Punk band could have put on any record.
Alexander Baron - London, England