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Watch Cassetteboy‘s brutal takedown of Boris Johnson feat. Rage Against The Machine

Boris vs RATM
(Image credit: Cassetteboy)

As the British public await the publication of senior civil servant Sue Gray’s report into exactly how many times Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative government aides flouted their own Covid-19 restrictions with piss-ups at Downing Street, satirical electronic artists Steve Warlin and Mark Bolton aka Cassetteboy have offered their own biting commentary on the scandal, with the release of new track Rage Against The Party Machine

The video for the song sees various Boris Johnson speeches cut-up and re-arranged over an instrumental bed from Rage Against The Machine’s timeless protest anthem Killing In The Name, savagely mocking the Prime Minister’s alleged disregard for lockdown laws, and highlighting the hypocrisy involved in No. 10 Downing Street hosting regular social gatherings while insisting that the rest of the country obey stringent rules put in place to minimise the spread of the virus.

“As you comply, I socialise,” runs the amended lyrics, “With cheese and wine, and forty guys. From ‘Next slide please’ to wine and cheese, the rules you see, don’t apply to me…”

“Our sweary new video has had half a million views in less than 24 hours (combined across Twitter and YouTube)!,” the duo posted on social earlier today, January 18. “Looks like a lot of people aren’t in the mood to forgive or forget.” 

“Really hoping this is the last Boris Johnson video we ever have to make…” they added.

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Paul Brannigan
Paul Brannigan

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder and Metal Hammer. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.