Osama Bin Laden

Album: Ukulele Hunt (2008)
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  • Although Frank Skinner has a reputation for irreverent humor, this song does not overstep the mark. "Osama Bin Laden" is performed solo like a latter day banjo playing George Formby. There is after all something intensely comical about this Emmanuel Goldstein-like figure sitting in some rat infested cave on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border issuing videotaped fatwas against the Great Satan.
  • Non-UK listeners will probably miss the Michael Barrymore allusion. In March 2001, Barrymore, who was then one of the highest paid comedians on British TV, was embroiled in a scandal after a guest died in his swimming pool. He had been out clubbing, and took a group of strangers back to his place where the partying (and drug abuse) continued. Understandably, in view of his celebrity status, Barrymore found himself accused of complicity in the death; an open verdict was returned at the inquest, but that sort of mud always sticks. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

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  • Alex from Newcastle Upon Tyne, United KingdomWow, I can't believe this song has it's own page on Songfacts! Amazing!
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