By Rowan Redd
Released last Friday, Liar Liar GE2017 has already reached number one in the UK iTunes and Amazon UK download charts, and has entered the UK Top 40, being tipped to reach the number one spot in the UK Official Singles Chart. Despite this, the anti-austerity song has been banned by various radio stations, including BBC Radio One, The Big Top 40 show on Heart and Capital FM – citing impartiality rules. This doesn’t seem to have stood in the way of the mainstream media in other election reporting though!
Released by Captain Ska, a band comprising seven London-based freelance session musicians, the song takes a hard-hitting swipe at Theresa May and Tory austerity policy. It is a rewrite of the song that they originally released in 2010 in response to the coalition government, which reached number one in the UK reggae chart and number 89 in the official charts.
Captain Ska thanked supporters on social media for their support. The band say that: "The success of this song shows people are fed up with this government of the rich, for the rich.
“We're overwhelmed with the support and our message is that people do have the power to change society if we act together.”
All proceeds from sales until the General Election will be split between food-banks and the anti-austerity campaign group The General Assembly Against Austerity.
You can watch on YouTube, or download the song for £1 from these links:
Please share with official hashtag #LiarLiar