Syria’s Brutal Bashar al-Assad is a Fan of Radiohead (Okay, Maybe Not…)

When you make music, you don’t get to choose your fans.  Witness the case of Radiohead, who is apparently a favourite of Syria’s thug dictator Bashar al-Assad, who has waged a war against is own people in which almost 150,000 people have died.

According to the Pan-Arabia Enquirer:

KUWAIT CITY: President Bashar al-Assad spent this weeks’ Arab League summit “sulking, and listening to Radiohead” while more popular leaders talked to cheerleaders and hung out in the sports bar, it was reported yesterday.“I don’t need them. I don’t need anybody,” said the embattled Syrian leader, dressed in black and wearing dark eyeliner. “Not when I have the sound of Thom Yorke’s plaintive lyrics and Ed O’Brien’s guitar distortion reflecting the meaningless of modern urban decay. Lebanon and Oman might be more popular, but they’ll never understand Radiohead’s meaning the way I do,” he added.

Assad later invited our reporter “back to my hotel room to listen to Soundgarden”.

Oh, wait.  The Pan-Arabia Enquirer is kind of like The Onion.  Who knew?


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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