Video: Royal military band greets Saudi king with appropriate theme music

posted at 3:25 pm on October 31, 2007 by Allahpundit

Via the Corner, I feel about this goof the way Ralphie’s dad did about that leg lamp in A Christmas Story. It’s … it’s indescribably beautiful.

From the back, he even sort of looks the part.

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How marvelously appropriate!

georgej on October 31, 2007 at 3:29 PM

Wow, that was awesome.

How could they get away with that in the same nation that has schools that make it mandatory for kids to wear muslim garb on a muslim holiday, even if they’re not muslim, etc.

Mindcrime on October 31, 2007 at 3:30 PM

BWAAAHAHAHAHAH!!!! That’s fantastic.

aero on October 31, 2007 at 3:30 PM

Via the Corner, I feel about this goof the way Ralphie’s dad did about that leg lamp in A Christmas Story. It’s … it’s indescribably beautiful.

Heh, I love that movie…I think I’ve watched it a bajillion times.

Bad Candy on October 31, 2007 at 3:30 PM

YES!!!!! Single greatest moment in history!

ernesto on October 31, 2007 at 3:35 PM

THAT was awesome!

Vanceone on October 31, 2007 at 3:36 PM

I like American music.

Do you like American music?

saint kansas on October 31, 2007 at 3:37 PM

“These books do not advocate that apostates be beheaded. In Britain.”

see-dubya on October 31, 2007 at 3:38 PM

If only he was greeted like that in America. But noooo. He gets to hold hands with the President.

mram on October 31, 2007 at 3:39 PM

I like American music, baby.

Editor on October 31, 2007 at 3:41 PM

God bless the Queen

Allah, if anything earns the signature “you magnificent bastard, I salute you”, this is IT!

Defector01 on October 31, 2007 at 3:43 PM

I like American music.

Do you like American music?

saint kansas on October 31, 2007 at 3:37 PM

But I like American music best, baby

sunny on October 31, 2007 at 3:43 PM

Yes!
Some things are just SO appropriate.
(as is the easy word-play with Inyat’s last name)

least1 on October 31, 2007 at 3:44 PM

Pints for the band leader!

lawhawk on October 31, 2007 at 3:45 PM

beautiful.

That wahabbi apologist said that bookstores can sell whatever they want even if it talks about beheading people and oppressing women. I think they need to put a book in these bookstores that would be offensive to muslims and then have them say that it should be removed from the bookstores.

ThackerAgency on October 31, 2007 at 3:47 PM

And you didn’t see the Queen wearing a head scarf now did you? That’s a woman with principle and class.

ThackerAgency on October 31, 2007 at 3:48 PM

nice choice of music i hope Darth Vader isnt to insulted having his intro music used for this pos

Mojack420 on October 31, 2007 at 3:50 PM

The only thing that could make it better would be the sound of Darth Vader’s machine-aided breathing.

Bigfoot on October 31, 2007 at 3:50 PM

Un-effing-believable!

This is beyond cool. I would expect someone like Allah to pull this sort of prank, but it seems the royals are not so dull and humourless after all :)

Can anyone confirm that it was actually played and not dubbed over in the studio?

AlexB on October 31, 2007 at 3:56 PM

The Brits have a tendency to roll out stuff like this whenever I’m on the verge of writing them off for good. I wonder who in the band’s decision-making hierarchy made that call, and if anything happened to him?

Blacklake on October 31, 2007 at 3:57 PM

No doubt he finds their lack of faith…disturbing.

PaisleyCow on October 31, 2007 at 3:59 PM

I wonder what the reaction to the music was once the dim-wits figured out what they were listening to…

Zorro on October 31, 2007 at 4:00 PM

I wonder who in the band’s decision-making hierarchy made that call, and if anything happened to him?

Blacklake on October 31, 2007 at 3:57 PM

Whoever it was, he was probably British royalty. The Horse Guards are traditionally where the high muckety mucks of Brit society went when they joined the army. At least is used to be that way.

Mindcrime on October 31, 2007 at 4:05 PM

Reminds me of an embarrassing diplomatic faux pas back about a hundred years ago (actually around 1979) when I was working for my MP in Ottawa. That summer the G-7 (as it then was) was being held in Ottawa, and there was a welcoming ceremony for every Head of State/Government when they arrived at the airport. As part of the ceremony, a military band would play something fit for the occasion.

And so, as the Japanese Prime Minister alighted on Canadian soil, the band struck up…with a wonderful version of Bridge Over the River Kwai.

This is a true story…I recall it creating some discomfort for my boss at the time.

Blaise on October 31, 2007 at 4:05 PM

The book store owner stated the problem without so much as a flinch, “if it’s in the koran…”
.
He reminds me of the link left by -’2Brave2Bscared’- yesterday on another thread that I highly recommend a read

abinitioadinfinitum on October 31, 2007 at 4:09 PM

And so, as the Japanese Prime Minister alighted on Canadian soil, the band struck up…with a wonderful version of Bridge Over the River Kwai.

This is a true story…I recall it creating some discomfort for my boss at the time.

That would be the Colonel Bogey March. And wiki refers to that incident as well.

lawhawk on October 31, 2007 at 4:19 PM

I like American music.

Do you like American music?

saint kansas on October 31, 2007 at 3:37 PM

Yes. But Islam doesn’t like femmes, violent or otherwise.

flipflop on October 31, 2007 at 4:21 PM

Related from CNN:
“This morning I was with the vice president,” Bush joked. “I was asking him what costume he was planning. He said, ‘Well I’m already wearing it,’ and then he mumbled something about the dark side of the force.”

BohicaTwentyTwo on October 31, 2007 at 4:22 PM

As the Fonz woulda said circa 1977, “Perfectamundo!”

gmoonster on October 31, 2007 at 4:22 PM

The harder they grip, the more they’ll lose!

gmoonster on October 31, 2007 at 4:23 PM

There is hope for the Brits yet

tommylotto on October 31, 2007 at 4:24 PM

No doubt he finds their lack of faith…disturbing.

PaisleyCow on October 31, 2007 at 3:59 PM

HAHA! You win!

aero on October 31, 2007 at 4:25 PM

Pints for the band leader!

lawhawk on October 31, 2007 at 3:45 PM

If that band ever makes it to Wisconsin, or I make it to their pub, they won’t be buying their beer that night.

steveegg on October 31, 2007 at 4:26 PM

Can anyone confirm that it was actually played and not dubbed over in the studio?

AlexB on October 31, 2007 at 3:56 PM

It’s pulled off the longer Channel 4 video (link to that longer video is embedded in the story)

steveegg on October 31, 2007 at 4:28 PM

Oh gawd, that was good.

paul006 on October 31, 2007 at 4:31 PM

This TOOL giving the interview is almost as bad as the MSM in this country, as far as making excuses for islam

abinitioadinfinitum on October 31, 2007 at 4:34 PM

Queen to Saudi King, “What is thy bidding, My Master”

JayHaw Phrenzie on October 31, 2007 at 4:42 PM

Queen to Saudi King, “What is thy bidding, My Master”

JayHaw Phrenzie on October 31, 2007 at 4:42 PM

It’s a disaster, Skywalker we’re after.

BadgerHawk on October 31, 2007 at 4:51 PM

I was hoping for Onward Christian Soldiers.

Tim Burton on October 31, 2007 at 4:52 PM

That’s classic. I bet they didn’t even get the joke.

JayHaw has the best comment of the thread!

Tony737 on October 31, 2007 at 5:15 PM

These threads just keep getting scarier.

CyberCipher on October 31, 2007 at 5:31 PM

I am still reeling! Just when you think the Brits have thrown themselves at the feet of Islamist supremacists, Buck House comes up with the most ironic and backhanded smack to a visiting subdignitary! Jim Hacker would have been proud!

thejackal on October 31, 2007 at 5:35 PM

No way! That’s just too rich, but the Brits are renowned for thier sense of humor.

CliffHanger on October 31, 2007 at 6:21 PM

BWAAAAAAAAAAA-HAAAAAAAAA-HAAAAAAAA-HAAAAAAA-HAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!

Prince Bandar ordered the Death Star charged up immediately.

profitsbeard on October 31, 2007 at 6:35 PM

I find your lack of faith disturbing.

Black Adam on October 31, 2007 at 6:40 PM

Too good, that should also be the theme song for Billary.

Rode Werk on October 31, 2007 at 6:41 PM

Ha, that was great.

conservnut on October 31, 2007 at 7:32 PM

And so, as the Japanese Prime Minister alighted on Canadian soil, the band struck up…with a wonderful version of Bridge Over the River Kwai…

Blaise on October 31, 2007 at 4:05 PM

The name of that tune is actually “The Colonel Bogey March,” and it was written in England during WWI.

Quoting the piece’s Wikipedia entry: “‘Colonel Bogey’ is the authorized march of The King’s Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC) of the Canadian Forces.”

So while the pop culture association is heavily influenced by the movie, in this case the playing of the song would have been thoroughly benign, even expected.

Blacklake on October 31, 2007 at 8:07 PM

reminds me of a possible urban legend – Jimmy Carter was campaigning (perhaps in South Dakota?) and when he arrived the band struck up “Marching Through Georgia”. Apparently Mr. Carter was not amused by W.T Sherman’s inspired anthem…

major john on October 31, 2007 at 9:33 PM

So while the pop culture association is heavily influenced by the movie, in this case the playing of the song would have been thoroughly benign, even expected.

But its still funny.

As long as the West stops Iran from building the Death Star I’ll be glad.

aengus on October 31, 2007 at 9:53 PM

A little off topic…did anyone notice the talk show host’s socks?

p40tiger on November 1, 2007 at 4:34 AM

That was intentional, and it was awesome. Don’t count the Brits out yet, remember the guys with the guns decided to play the Imperial March.

“Stay on target!”

Krydor on November 1, 2007 at 9:22 AM

Sometimes reality trumps parody. If Her Majesty’s armed forces feature a music medal with oak leaf cluster for irony, some British bandmaster with a wicked sense of humor deserves it.

I’m a little disappointed that the Brits in the follow-on segment did not trip up the taqqiya of the Muslim apologist for the Wahhabi hate literature sent by the Saudis to British mosques. And American, too. The irony is that the Islamist maintained that freedom of the press allowed such venom to be printed, a freedom of the press Islam rejects and which is being used so cutely to undermine the West.

He also makes the tu quoque argument that other religions also have hateful passages in their holy books, but leaves out the part that only Muslims act out their hateful scripture.

Lastly, he dissembles when claiming that the evil fatwas being promoted are from an old context, not mentioning that it is exactly those medieval fatwas which form the political program that Islamists want to impose on Britain via Sharia law.

The segment was a missed opportunity. You need Robert Spencer to confront slick propagandists like this one and slap him down hard.

Tantor on November 1, 2007 at 11:46 AM