The song sees Mike Read singing in a mock Caribbean accent
Radio 1 are expected to make a decision as to whether or not they’ll play Mike Read’s ‘UKIP Calypso’, released under the name The Independents, on this weekend’s Chart Show.
The former BBC Radio 1 DJ released the track on Monday (October 20). Sung in a mock Caribbean accent, it sees him criticising UK government and society, with lyrics including: “The leaders committed a cardinal sin/Open the borders let them all in/Illegal immigrants in every town/Stand up and be counted Blair and Brown.”
With the song landing at Number 21 in this week’s midweek chart, the station have now been forced to decide whether the controversial track should be played as part of the Top 40. A Radio 1 spokesman said: “The song is not currently on our playlist and, as the chart is compiled at the end of the week, we cannot say what will be in the Official Chart on Sunday.”
Having previously defended the song, Read has now withdrawn the single. “I am so sorry that the song unintentionally caused offence. It was never meant to, and I apologise unreservedly,” he said of the decision. “I have told the record company to withdraw the single immediately.”
The song was endorsed by Nigel Farage and given 50/1 odds of reaching Number One this weekend prior to Read’s withdrawl. The track was available for 79p via Amazon, with 20p going directly to UKIP.
Last year, the BBC refused to play ‘Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead’ in full after it charted following Margaret Thatcher’s death, instead playing a clip and an editorial message explaining why it was in the charts.