Songs about Pirate Radio

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  1. Blazer

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    Well this is the Fishing trawler SS. Norderney, which in the Early seventies was used by Veronica radio to conduct Pirate broadcasts, playing music which the normal state funded stations stayed away from. One band which thanked its fame from those illegal broadcasts was Golden Earring.

    But that ended when the Dutch government put their foot down and pulled Veronica off the air. They later restarted as an official syndicated Broadcaster and are still going strong.
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    The modern day Veronica logo, the wave as being a direct tribute to their Pirate radio past.

    But back when Radio Veronica went off the air, several artists were up in arms on how unfair it all was. Chief of which was Peter Koelewijn, who aside from having a singing career of his own also was a big name producer.

    He wrote the protest song "Veronica Sorry" in which he names the big brasses and the DeeJays of the syndicated radio stations by name and calls them out on how hypocritical they were in allowing it to happen. I translated the lyrics as close as possible.



    I got the news in July when I was at sea
    The congress man was short, he said "No"
    A lot of people saw it coming from a mile away
    But it took so many more others completely by surprise
    Say Herman Stok, you granddaddy of all deejays
    Be honest, are you really all that happy with that?
    The involvement of congress was never needed in the first place.
    After all, you guys stood tall all that time

    Veronica sorry
    Is this really the end of it all?
    Veronica Sorry
    It's not in your hands, and not in mine either
    It's not in the hands of Hilversum 3 who hate this decision too
    It's not in the hands of Radio North Sea and Radio Caroline
    Who sadly will face the same fate as you went through
    Veronica sorry, Veronica sorry, Veronica sorry, Veronica

    And now I can't help but to feel the melancholy
    When I think about that ship and those stickers I see
    Which said "Veronica will stay if you want it to"
    Or were the voices of the fans not loud enough to be heard?
    And you fellas at Hilversum 3, admit it
    You turned the dial to 192 on your radios too
    Where Joost Den Draaier cut his teeth
    Well, Eddy, Klaas, Kreyn and Kees
    Don't say I'm wrong about that.

    Veronica sorry
    Is this really the end of it all?
    Veronica Sorry
    It's not in your hands, and not in mine either
    Veronica sorry, Veronica sorry, Veronica sorry, Veronica

    Come to think of it, Theo, Ad, Hugo and all of you channel Three Deejays
    All of you took a page out of Veronica's play book
    Sometimes the music sucked
    But you learned so much either way
    Hey Felix, Edward, admit that's true
    The Cats, Golden Earring and Bonnie St. Claire
    Mouth and McNeal, you guys all broke big
    Became big names in the showbiz
    But a large portion came from your friends, never forget that.

    Veronica sorry
    Is this really the end of it all?
    Veronica Sorry
    It's not in your hands, and not in mine either
    Veronica sorry, Veronica sorry, Veronica sorry, Veronica

    So can a ship sink at calm weather at sea?
    If so, who'd want to be a witness of it happening?
    Yeah, I know, life will go on without Veronica
    But everybody will miss her voice when it's no longer heard.

    Veronica sorry
    Is this really the end of it all?
    Veronica Sorry
    It's not in your hands, and not in mine either
    Veronica sorry, Veronica sorry, Veronica sorry, Veronica
     
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    ^^^^^ Great song !
     
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    The drumming is fab.
     
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