There is a problem with revisiting shows that you remember from your youth; they never seem as good as you remember them. I mean, I loved Dr Who when Sylvester McCoy was the Doctor, but looking back on it, it was really quite shite. Tripods scared the bejeezus out of me way back when, but I got the DVD of it a while back and it just wasn’t scary any more.
But then there are some things that are just as good, and one of the would probably be Spitting Image. I just finished watching a documentary about it on UTV, and it was still good.
Spitting Image was absolutely brilliant, back in the day. It was the only quasi-political show that I’d enjoy watching, back when I was but a kid. And it’s probably responsible for my intense dislike and distrust of yer man Blair, because his character was in it long enough to get beaten up, but not long enough for you to feel any sympaty for.
But there is one thing that has really annoyed me about it. Some years before the show ended, there was a song in it. And I can remember bits of the song (hell, it pops into my head fairly regularly), but not all of it. And that means that, with some regularity, I spent a while trying to dredge up the rest. With no success, so far. It was one about eternal conflicts and warring sides having no common ground, and the bits I remember go like this:
Serbian: You say potato with strange inclination.
Croatian: That’s ‘cos you’re Serbian, and I’m a Croatian.
Both: Can’t be one nation,
let’s blow the whole world up.
Chorus: Oh, blow the whole world up, the whole world and his wife.
If everyone was dead, we’d have a peaceful life.
BIG ASS PIECE OF THE SONG THAT I CAN’T REMEMBER (BAPOTSTICR for short)
IRA man: BAPOTSTICR
Orangeman: You ban the pill, and bomb Enniskillen.
IRA man: Proddy!
Orangeman: Big Ears!
IRA man: Noddy!
Both: Let’s blow the whole world up!
I’m sure you can see how annoying it would be to spend time trying to figure out all those BAPOTSTICR, so any help anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated.