Iraq, I Roll, Iran
Crisis Iraq, I Roll, Iran 45 (Criminal, 1979?)
It is Thanksgiving time and I guess I should be thankful that the election of Barack Obama means that the United Stated will not have a stupid foreign policy (maybe still wretched but not ill-thought out), but part of me is a bit sad. Bad foreign policy means good songs. Often these songs are great-good, as in the Circle Jerks' "Paid Vacation" or Bob Dylan's "Masters of War." Other times these songs are good bad, like today's "Iraq, I Roll, Iran" by Crisis, a one-off band probably cobbled together to record this single.
One of plenty of "real people" records commenting on the Iran Hostage Crisis of the late 70s and Iran's Islamic Revolution, Crisis's ballad (of sorts) takes aim at the Ayatollah Khomeini (who else?) with a series of insults and challenges of the battered-brain variety usually associated with guys whose best retort is "Oh yeah?" Classic among the song's lyrics is the play on Ayatollah that comes after the guitar break. I am not gonna spoil it for you but do beg you to at least make it to there, because you are guaranteed a chuckle. Where Iraq figures in here, I don't know other than "Iraq, I Roll, Iran" makes a "good" song title.
Have a good T-day.
Here's another one, backed with a song containing completely different racial slurs.
Roger Hallmark, "A Message to Khomeini"