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Passenger Detained Over Song Choice
Yahoo AP ^ | April 10, 2006

Posted on 04/20/2006 11:51:47 AM PDT by John Jorsett

LONDON - You expect to have your luggage scrutinized at the airport. But how about your choice of music?

Security staff at a British airport stopped a businessman from catching a flight because the songs he had asked a taxi driver to play on the car stereo made the driver suspicious, police said.

Harraj Mann, who is of Indian origin, had the songs stored on an MP3 player, which the cab was equipped to play on its stereo. Mann asked the driver to play "London Calling" by the Clash as they headed for Tees Valley International Airport near Darlington in northern England on March 30, news reports said.

The lyrics include the words "London calling from the faraway towns, now war is declared and battle come down/ London calling to the underworld, come out of the cupboard, you boys and girls."

Mann, 24, also asked the driver to play "Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin, which begins, "The hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new lands, to fight the horde singing and crying Valhalla, I'm coming!"

The driver alerted airport authorities and Mann was arrested as he boarded a flight for London's Heathrow Airport. He missed the flight and later took a taxi home.

Durham Police said the plane took off before they had established that the man was not a threat.

"In this case the report was made with the best of intentions and we would not want to discourage people from contacting us with genuine concerns regarding security," police said in a statement.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Mann was quoted as saying the incident was "preposterous."

"I never, ever play the race card, I really do forget I'm Asian," he was quoted as saying. "But when something like this happens, it does make you think."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; asian; britain; clash; immigrant; immigration; india; islam; muslim; song; theclash; uk
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1 posted on 04/20/2006 11:51:49 AM PDT by John Jorsett
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To: John Jorsett

Good thing he didn't ask for "Bombs Away" by The Police. They might have shot him.


2 posted on 04/20/2006 11:52:26 AM PDT by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: John Jorsett

" which begins, "The hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new lands, to fight the horde singing and crying Valhalla, I'm coming!"


So the Viking Kitties are terror threats?


3 posted on 04/20/2006 11:52:58 AM PDT by Blzbba (Beauty is just a light switch away...)
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To: John Jorsett
play "Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin, which begins, "The hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new lands, to fight the horde singing and crying Valhalla, I'm coming!"

We are your overlords!

Queue the Viking Kitties!

4 posted on 04/20/2006 11:53:05 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (I can't complain...but sometimes I still do.)
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To: John Jorsett

Just play anything by the "Bay City Rollers" and you will be safe...


5 posted on 04/20/2006 11:55:02 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: John Jorsett
Mann, 24, also asked the driver to play "Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin,

Great, He is a FReeper........
6 posted on 04/20/2006 11:55:14 AM PDT by cmsgop ( I love Scotch. .......Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch)
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To: John Jorsett

"Hi, Mr. DJ. Can you play a song for me? Please play 'Don't sleep in the subway' by Petula Clark. And, no, I do not plan to release poison gas into your underground later tonight."


7 posted on 04/20/2006 11:55:40 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Never question Bruce Dickinson!)
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To: John Jorsett

Of course the authorities are incapable of stopping REAL terrorists, so they do this kind of thing to try to convince people that they are doing something.
Same in the USA.


8 posted on 04/20/2006 11:56:49 AM PDT by BooksForTheRight.com (what have you done today to fight terrorism/leftism (same thing!))
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To: John Jorsett

"Oh! Oh! IamreallylikingtheClash! AndtheVikingKittySongisverycooltoo!"


9 posted on 04/20/2006 11:57:11 AM PDT by manwiththehands (Lead, follow or shut up.)
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To: Blzbba
So the Viking Kitties are terror threats?

Apparently so.

10 posted on 04/20/2006 11:57:33 AM PDT by airborne (Satan's greatest trick was convincing people he doesn't exist.)
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To: John Jorsett

It explains a lot. Lately I've been hearing the Admin Mods screaming "Death To The Infidels" before a good Zot...


11 posted on 04/20/2006 11:57:42 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: John Jorsett
Good thing he didn't ask for "Bombs Away" by The Police. They might have shot him.

Or "Spanish Bombs", which is on the same album as "London Calling...."

12 posted on 04/20/2006 11:58:05 AM PDT by cardinal4 (Kerry-Mckinney in 2008!)
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To: John Jorsett
The driver alerted airport authorities and Mann was arrested as he boarded a flight for London's Heathrow Airport.

I wonder if he was actually arrested vs detained. An arrest has to be for a crime, and there's nothing here to charge him with, as far as I can see.

13 posted on 04/20/2006 11:58:29 AM PDT by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: Cronos; Gengis Khan

UK Ping!


14 posted on 04/20/2006 11:59:56 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
"Hi, Mr. DJ. Can you play a song for me? Please play 'Don't sleep in the subway' by Petula Clark. And, no, I do not plan to release poison gas into your underground later tonight."

Me: - "Hey, Mr. Cab Driver, will you please put in this CD of Tony Bennet's 'I Left My Heart in San Francisco'?"

Cab driver: - "Attention Homeland Security - I've got a nut case in my cab that wants to strew body parts around San Francisco!"

15 posted on 04/20/2006 12:00:12 PM PDT by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: John Jorsett

The taxi driver must have been nuts.

Yup, every intending Osama plays triumphal terror music in Taxis just before taking care of business. /Sarc off


16 posted on 04/20/2006 12:01:03 PM PDT by ketelone
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To: John Jorsett

Or "Rock The Casbah" - Drop your bombs between the minarets. Down the Casbah way.


17 posted on 04/20/2006 12:02:29 PM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: John Jorsett

Would "Rock the Casbah" have been OK?

Now the king told the boogie men
You have to let that raga drop
The oil down the desert way
Has been shakin' to the top
The shiek he drove his Cadillac
He went a' cruisnin' down the ville
The muezzin was a' standing
On the radiator grille

CHORUS
The shareef don't like it
Rockin' the Casbah
Rock the Casbah
The shareef don't like it
Rockin' the Casbah
Rock the Casbah

By order of the prophet
We ban that boogie sound
Degenerate the faithful
With that craazy Casbah sound
But the Bedouin they brought out
The electric camel drum
The local guitar picker
Got his guitar picking thumb
As soon as the shareef
Had cleared the square
They began to wail

CHORUS

Now over at the temple
Oh! They really pack 'em in
The in crowd say it's cool
To dig this chanting thing
But as the wind changed direction
The temple band took five
The crowd caught a wiff
Of that crazy Casbah jive

CHORUS

The king called up his jet fighters
He said you better eaarn your pay
Drop your bombs between the minarets
Down the Casbah way
As soon as the shareef was
Chauffeured outta there
The jet pilots tuned to
The cockpit radio blare
As soon as the shareef was
Outta their hair
The jet pilots wailed

CHORUS

He thinks it's not kosher
Fundamentally he can't take it.
You know he really hates it.


18 posted on 04/20/2006 12:03:43 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: 2banana

"Just play anything by the "Bay City Rollers" and you will be safe ...

No; then, the Good Taste in Music police will arrest you ...

(But I am one of the very few who will admit to liking their music!)


19 posted on 04/20/2006 12:05:48 PM PDT by riverdawg
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To: John Jorsett

My friend nailed it. He was probably singing along to the Immigrant Song - which if you will recall, starts with a kind of high-pitched wailing at the beginning. The driver probably thought he was ululating and panicked!


20 posted on 04/20/2006 12:06:07 PM PDT by Stone Mountain
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To: John Jorsett

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/04/05/clash_fan_terrorist/print.html

Clash fan nicked
By John Oates
Published Wednesday 5th April 2006 11:36 GMT
A man from Teeside was dragged from a plane and questioned for three hours under the Terrorism Act after a cabbie reported him because he was worried about his choice of music.

Harraj Mann, from Teeside, suffered the interogation after he got a cab to Durham airport and plugged his MP3 player into the taxi's stereo.

After playing Procol Harem, which the cabbie enjoyed, he played the Clash's London Calling and Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song. These clearly didn't go down so well because the taxi driver reported his passenger to police once they arrived at Durham airport.

Mr Mann was hauled off the plane to London and questioned. He was released without charge and caught a later flight. More from Reuters here. (http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2006-04-05T101158Z_01_L05785309_RTRUKOC_0_UK-CLASH.xml&archived=False)

It is not the first time Clash lyrics have attracted the wrath of UK authorities. In June 2004 Bristol man Mike Devine was arrested at his office after sending a text message including words from the Clash song Tommy Gun. There was speculation as to how the text message came to police attention - they insisted Devine had mis-sent the text and that they don't spend all their time reading everyone's messages. Click here (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/06/03/text_punk/) for more.

Devine was released once he'd convinced investigators he played in a tribute band. ®


21 posted on 04/20/2006 12:06:46 PM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: John Jorsett

Mr. Mann, have you tried The Beach Boys? They're "Fun, Fun, Fun", and won't upset the airport authorities.


22 posted on 04/20/2006 12:07:52 PM PDT by lfod1776
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23 posted on 04/20/2006 12:08:01 PM PDT by evets (S.o.a.P)
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To: 2banana
Just play anything by the "Bay City Rollers" and you will be safe...

Except, of course, the possiblity of the taxi driver intentionally driving into oncoming traffic!

S-A, T-U-R, D-A-Y... Night!

24 posted on 04/20/2006 12:08:04 PM PDT by Stone Mountain
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Isn't that 'cue' the Viking Kitties? A queue is a line. In other words, "line up the Viking Kitties."


25 posted on 04/20/2006 12:08:23 PM PDT by WashingtonSource (Freedom is not free.)
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To: John Jorsett

Just please, mister, please don't play B-17...


26 posted on 04/20/2006 12:09:03 PM PDT by Hatteras
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

The only lefty band I ever liked.


27 posted on 04/20/2006 12:10:04 PM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: John Jorsett
Or "Bombs Over Baghdad" by Outkast.....
28 posted on 04/20/2006 12:12:28 PM PDT by Crispus Attucks Patriot (The first to give his life for your liberty was a Black man!)
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To: Blzbba

Actually, that line sounds vaguely Wagnerian, hehehe.


29 posted on 04/20/2006 12:13:09 PM PDT by Crispus Attucks Patriot (The first to give his life for your liberty was a Black man!)
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To: John Jorsett

Remember, you're talking about that silly lil' island with a ridiculous royal family, bad weather, crappy food, and warm beer.....


30 posted on 04/20/2006 12:14:59 PM PDT by Crispus Attucks Patriot (The first to give his life for your liberty was a Black man!)
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I guess "Guns of Brixton" would have been a bad choice, too.


31 posted on 04/20/2006 12:15:39 PM PDT by vollmond (Careful with that axe, Eugene!)
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To: CarrotAndStick
"After playing Procol Harem, which the cabbie enjoyed,...

I guess when the cabbie heard the next two songs he turned his own whiter shade of pale...

32 posted on 04/20/2006 12:16:38 PM PDT by Hatteras
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To: WashingtonSource
Isn't that 'cue' the Viking Kitties? A queue is a line. In other words, "line up the Viking Kitties."

Ooops. Another Freeping at work casualty.

I'm usually so careful about my spelling and phraseology.

33 posted on 04/20/2006 12:17:06 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (I can't complain...but sometimes I still do.)
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To: Hatteras
Now just what's wrong with a B-17???

34 posted on 04/20/2006 12:17:43 PM PDT by Crispus Attucks Patriot (The first to give his life for your liberty was a Black man!)
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To: 2banana
Just play anything by the "Bay City Rollers" and you will be safe...

But your ears won't be.

35 posted on 04/20/2006 12:19:24 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (Every man must be tempted, sometimes,to hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.)
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To: Crispus Attucks Patriot

It was our song, it was his song, but it's ooooooooover...


36 posted on 04/20/2006 12:23:26 PM PDT by Hatteras
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To: John Jorsett
Mann, 24, also asked the driver to play "Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin, which begins, "The hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new lands, to fight the horde singing and crying Valhalla, I'm coming!"

Hey!
The guys a Freeper!
What's up with that?

37 posted on 04/20/2006 12:24:24 PM PDT by Publius6961 (Multiculturalism is the white flag of a dying country)
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To: John Jorsett

Friggin Brits.


38 posted on 04/20/2006 12:26:46 PM PDT by VaBthang4 ("He Who Watches Over Israel Will Neither Slumber Nor Sleep")
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To: Stone Mountain

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39 posted on 04/20/2006 12:27:17 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: CarrotAndStick; Cronos

I can betcha they did this because he is a Sikh.


40 posted on 04/20/2006 12:36:45 PM PDT by Gengis Khan
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To: Liberty Valance

Those words are so over-used!


41 posted on 04/20/2006 12:36:56 PM PDT by true_blue_texican ((grateful Texan!!))
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To: John Jorsett
>>>the songs he had asked a taxi driver to play on the car stereo made the driver suspicious Apparently the driver did not know who Joe Strummer was Cowboy Mouth's Joe Strummer
42 posted on 04/20/2006 12:39:29 PM PDT by NC28203
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To: John Jorsett

43 posted on 04/20/2006 12:40:58 PM PDT by Sloth (Archaeologists test for intelligent design all the time.)
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To: John Jorsett
"He missed the flight and later took a taxi home"

I wonder what music he listened to on the way home.....Country Roads?

44 posted on 04/20/2006 12:41:16 PM PDT by Feiny (Now go bang your heads on your desks until something useful comes out!)
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To: John Jorsett

Imagine if he's played U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday"....


45 posted on 04/20/2006 12:43:42 PM PDT by steve-b (A desire not to butt into other people's business is eighty percent of all human wisdom)
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To: John Jorsett

Here are the lyrics:

London calling to the faraway towns
Now war is declared, and battle come down
London calling to the underworld
Come out of the cupboard, you boys and girls
London calling, now don't look to us
Phoney Beatlemania has bitten the dust
London calling, see we ain't got no swing
'Cept for the ring of that truncheon thing

[Chorus 1:]
The ice age is coming, the sun's zooming in
Meltdown expected, the wheat is growing thin
Engines stop running, but I have no fear
'Cause London is drowning, and I live by the river

London calling to the imitation zone
Forget it, brother, you can go it alone
London calling to the zombies of death
Quit holding out, and draw another breath
London calling, and I don't wanna shout
But when we were talking, I saw you nodding out
London calling, see we ain't got no high
Except for that one with the yellowy eyes

[Chorus 2: (x2)]
The ice age is coming, the sun's zooming in
Engines stop running, the wheat is growing thin
A nuclear era, but I have no fear
'Cause London is drowning, and I live by the river

Now get this

London calling, yes, I was there, too
An' you know what they said? Well, some of it was true!
London calling at the top of the dial
After all this, won't you give me a smile?
London calling

I never felt so much alike [fading] alike alike alike


46 posted on 04/20/2006 12:44:49 PM PDT by Clemenza (Amor de mi Vida, Donde Estas?)
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To: John Jorsett
One of the greatest albums ever. "The Card Cheat" still sends chills up my spine:


47 posted on 04/20/2006 12:45:36 PM PDT by Clemenza (Amor de mi Vida, Donde Estas?)
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To: John Jorsett
In my car, any song by The Police will get you shot.
48 posted on 04/20/2006 12:52:03 PM PDT by uglybiker (Don't blame me. I didn't make you stupid.)
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To: vollmond

As would be Gang Of Four's "Armalite Rifle"


49 posted on 04/20/2006 1:26:10 PM PDT by ExpatGator (Progressivism: A polyp on the colon politic.)
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To: weegee
It's death penalty if you ask to play this!


50 posted on 04/20/2006 1:28:49 PM PDT by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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