“Everything from Dylan to Andrea Bocelli..”

I mentioned in the comments zone here that last week’s issue of Hot Press carried an interview with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in which he revealed what he has on his i-Pod.. but not having a subscription I hadn’t been able to read the article. Thankfully [*ahem* – Ed] someone at the BBC does.. and they’ve published the info here.. oh, and they’ve also revealed that Gerry doesn’t have a credit card..[and why would he? – Ed]

He said: “I don’t have a credit card, so I have a few times downloaded on iTunes to go to buy a CD but then run into this difficulty. “But now what I do is, I get one of my friends that does have a credit card to do it for me.”

And the i-Pod?

Speaking about what he listens to on the now ubiquitous mobile electronic device, he said: “I have everything on it (his iPod) to tell you the truth.

“Everything from Dylan to Andrea Bocelli, to the Four Tenors, to some light classical, to Ry Cooder, to Bruce Springsteen, Frances Black, Christy Moore, Mary Black, U2 – a whole range of stuff.”

Mr Adams was also asked if he was able to upload songs onto his iPod himself?

“I haven’t been able to do it myself. I got a guy to, no, I tell a lie, I downloaded a lot of my CD collection onto my computer, and then I put it onto the iPod,” he said.

“I have not been able to change it since, so my first sort of batch of 600 songs has remained static.”

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  • Never mind the music. I think it’s great that a high profile public figure chooses not to carry a credit card. I know many people who are starting to give up using Credit Cards because of the increasingly outrageous interest rates which are being imposed by many financial instititions.

    I’m sure Gerry could well afford these, but clearly he disagrees with them on principle. Some people regard them as being as essential as a mobile phone these days, but actually they are’nt…

  • The Dubliner

    I wonder if he has this Bob Dylan song on his iPod…

    How many roads must a terrorist walk down
    Before you call him a statesman?
    Yes, ‘n’ how many waves must Jean McConville feel
    Before she’s found in the sand?
    Yes, ‘n’ how many times must rubber bullets fly
    Before they’re forever banned?
    The answer, my friend, is explodin’ in a bar,
    The answer is explodin’ in a bar.

  • Steaky

    No Wolfe Tones?

  • circles

    very tasteful Dubliner – in no way cheap or childish.
    Maybe you have one for Andrea Bocelli too?

  • Pounder

    In this time of peace and reconcilliation I am dissapointed to hear he doesn’t have any tracks by Willie McCrea 🙂

  • Jocky

    No credit card for Gerry, he must prefer cash, maybe he doesn’t trust the banks, wonder why.

    All the interest rate rises on his mortgage must be biting into his disposable income.

  • I Wonder

    I wonder if Gerry doesn’t have a card for security reasons, not a principled rejection of the plastic?

  • interested

    It bears just a little more credibility than when Gordon Brown attempted to claim he had the Arctic Monkeys on his.

    Why exactly does he feel the need to claim he has an ipod when we all probably guess he hasn’t. Anyway, attempts to look trendy for the up an’ comin southerners are all a bit late now anyway.

    No credit card? Hmmmm, now where would he get access to a lot of ready cash?

  • URQUHART

    He gets a friend who has a credit card to buy songs for him on iTunes, but only has those songs on his iPod that he originally transferred from CD? Yeah, he does tell a lie.

    Another example of a politician trying to look ‘with it’ and failing?

  • pith

    Macswiney, Does Gerry just pay you in cash then?

  • punter

    If you believe Gerry Adams does not have a credit card, you probably believe he wasn’t in the IRA, too.

  • kensei

    “He gets a friend who has a credit card to buy songs for him on iTunes, but only has those songs on his iPod that he originally transferred from CD? Yeah, he does tell a lie.

    Another example of a politician trying to look ‘with it’ and failing? ”

    Dunno. None of it is really beyond the realms of believability. “so I have a few times downloaded on iTunes to go to buy a CD” sounds a but muddled but if I tried to give an iPod to my father it would probably come out sounding similar to the above.

    Is anyone talented enough with photoshop to make one of those silhouette iPod adverts with the Bearded One dancing, though?

  • Gum

    Why Punter? I dont have one either and I wasnt in the IRA! The interest rates are ridiculous.

  • interested

    Gum
    Clear your balance in the first month…. simple really.

    Still dont believe Gerry though.

  • The Dubliner

    Thanks, Circles, do you think it would sell if I released it as a single? Now what is “cheap or childish” if not some humourless poster becoming asininely irate over text on a message board? 😉

  • Pith,

    Why would he? I am an ordinary citizen. Nothing more, nothing Less. I have no connection at all with his party, other than choosing to cast my vote for them. (Along with over a quarter of the entire electorate who recently voted, I might add…)

  • Harry Flashman

    Am I the only one here who doesn’t have an iPod and hasn’t got a clue how they work?

  • I dont have an ipod either Harry, although I am a big music fan. I much prefer going to live gigs around Belfast as I love listening to bands live and it’s surely a thousand times better than hearing a recorded track on some ipod while sitting on a bus somewhere…

  • darth rumsfeld

    Presumably our beloved first minister keeps his music collection on an iProd.

    I’ll get me sash

  • I wonder what Paisley Junior has on his ipod? Maybe some George Michael or Elton John, or how about The Scissor Sisters or maybe even Will Young perhaps…?

    Nope, on second thoughts too many Sodomists among that lot… (He must have real trouble filling his ipod whwn you think about it…).

  • Cromwell

    macswiney & Harry,

    They’re handy for people with no mates!

    But seriously, its a wonder the Beard doesnt have a credit card since he only draws an “average industrial wage”!

  • the Emerald Pimpernel

    Still dont believe Gerry though.

    Posted by interested on Jun 01, 2007 @ 11:49 AM

    Yeah not having a credit card is a definate sign of a terrorist

    Sheesh its only the banks that use credit cards as a terrorist weapon

  • Pounder

    Nah Harry, you aren’t alone. I refuse to own an i-Pod. They are for i-Posers with more money than sense. itunes is very unser unfriendly and a pain in the ass to use. Look on amazon for a flash USB player, simply copy and paste your mp3’s in and bob’s your mothers brother.

  • The World’s Gone Mad

    “Everything from Dylan to Andrea Bocelli, to the Four Tenors, to some light classical, to Ry Cooder, to Bruce Springsteen, Frances Black, Christy Moore, Mary Black, U2 – a whole range of stuff.”

    A whole range of stuff? Hardly – just a fairly predictable middle-aged middle of the road selection. Hopes were raised at Frances Black, until I realised it wasn’t a spelling mistake and this wasn’t a reference to the Pixies…

  • punter

    if it is true – which i highly doubt – that gerry adams (a man of his age and position) does not have a credit card, let alone more than one, then it goes to show exactly how out of touch with financial reality he is and possibly can explain why he struggles so much with basic economic issues. perhaps he thinks paying for services is much like how he supposedly runs his own personal finance – he just gets someone else to pay for it.

    frankly i think the idea that he does not have a credit card is ludicrous. which begs the question why he thinks he has to lie about everything (the average industrial wage canard, the whole never in the i.r.a. nonsense, etc.).

  • The World’s Gone Mad

    ‘I love listening to bands live and it’s surely a thousand times better than hearing a recorded track on some ipod while sitting on a bus somewhere’

    Yes, but on those rare occasions when the Kings of Leon aren’t available to play a little ditty in your front room then recorded media will just have to do.

  • confused

    We know the queen does not have a credit card and never carries cash in her handbag.
    Gerry has a similar lifestyle ———Oh what ambition and arrogance!!!!

  • Aaron McDaid

    confused,
    We know Gerry does not have a credit card.
    The Queen has a similar lifestyle ———Oh what ambition and arrogance!!!!

    🙂

  • confused

    The Queen adopted this lifestyle before Gerry was born.
    Are you now saying he deliberately copies her, a most unlikely thing! Surely not.

  • Punter,

    So because someone chooses not to have a Credit Card, you declare that they have no financial kudos…? What total balderdash..! I know many individuals (myself included) who have decided to consign their Credit Cards to history exactly because we DO HAVE financial kudos!!

    Extortionate interest rates and charges mean nothing to you then? Clearly you have lot of plastic wallet in your wallet and good luck to you. But please dont give me any ludicrous analogies about credit cards being the result of an astute financial mind…

  • BogExile

    I’ve got a lovely little Iprod with the greatest hits of Colehill flute band downloaded which helps me with controlling my squirrel problem.

    After recently has Gerry taken to ‘Dire Straits’ He should do.

  • FewsOrange

    If you pay your card off every month then you don’t pay charges or interest.

    Is it possible that Gerry’s somewhat irregular employment/income history mean that he would not be able to get a credit card ?

  • punter

    if you have consigned your credit cards to the bin that means that once upon a time you did have them.

    it is possible to shop around for better rates and to pay off your card/s every month to stymie charges. and with gerry adams’ income (from his books, of course), his international travel, his statesmen role, to suggest he does not have one credit card beggars belief. unless richard mcauley pays for all the expensed luncheons and dinner meetings ? does gerry adams himself never pick up the tab ? or are you suggesting that he instead roams the globe with pocketfuls of money ?
    no, he has his minions do everything for him.

    just for practical purposes alone it makes sense for him to have a credit card. or perhaps he does but it is the party’s card so technically not his ?

    really can we inject some reality into things.

    do you not feel the tiniest bit silly what with some of the bald-faces lies you find yourself defending ?

    i imagine gerry adams hoarding his 5ps until he had enough to walk into curry’s and pay for his iPod in cash. no, wait, it was a gift…

  • Diluted Orange

    macswiney

    [i]”I wonder what Paisley Junior has on his ipod? Maybe some George Michael or Elton John, or how about The Scissor Sisters or maybe even Will Young perhaps…?

    Nope, on second thoughts too many Sodomists among that lot… (He must have real trouble filling his ipod whwn you think about it…). “[/i]

    Judging from recent form I suspect that he has a lot of ‘Chuck (Paul) Berry’ on his ipod.

  • Maggot

    ipod doesn’t have a card – must make his trips abroad interesting, especially to the USA. Is there a company AmEx or CC ?

    I wonder if the ipod family has a CC in Mrs ipod’s name ?

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Here’s Darth wearing his iProd.

  • Diluted Orange

    Very Witty !

  • pith

    Darth, apparently it broke.

  • darth rumsfeld

    LOL Gonzo

  • pith

    macswiney, which electorate? The entire 32 counties?

  • Possible topical favourite listening for some of our local politicians…

    The Beatles “I dont want to spoil the party” – Enda Kenny

    The Clash ” Should I stay or Should I go – Gerry Adams

    Scissor Sisters “She’s my man” – Ian Paisley Junior

    Oasis “Stop Crying your heart out” Michael McDowell.

  • Bangorian

    Sorry to be non-political here, but a Debit card can be a pretty useful alternative to a Credit card (e.g. no interest charges). Perhaps this is Grizzley’s preferred form of plastic (other than… no, won’t say it).

  • the Emerald Pimpernel

    I would think atleast one of Gerry’s concerns is that the security forces could easily track him through his credit cards

    perhaps he is like me, I take large cash withdrawls from random bank machines and pay cash for most things for ease and convenience

  • Harry Flashman

    **macswiney & Harry,

    They’re handy for people with no mates!**

    That’s the problem Cromwell, I don’t have any mates either.

  • Ellie

    “Another example of a politician trying to look ‘with it’ and failing?”

    If he was trying to look ‘with it’ surely he’d not have listed the dreary acts he does. Four Tenors? U2?

  • darth rumsfeld

    “The Clash “ Should I stay or Should I go – Gerry Adams”

    Ye gods- Shinner criticism of the Dear Leader.
    Whatever next? Accurate election accounts!!!

  • Comrade Stalin

    I’m not surprised that Adams doesn’t have a credit card. I spotted this part of the interview :

    … “I haven’t been able to do it myself. I got a guy to, no, I tell a lie, I downloaded a lot of my CD …

    He was about to tell us that someone else sets up his iPod for him, and then changed his tune when he realized that he was talking like a monarch. I suspect that someone else also does his grocery shopping, gets his card MOTed (assuming he actually possesses a full driving licence), books his holidays, and generally manages the mundane parts of day to day life so that he can swan about the place being the Dear Leader.

    macswiney:

    So because someone chooses not to have a Credit Card, you declare that they have no financial kudos…? What total balderdash..! I know many individuals (myself included) who have decided to consign their Credit Cards to history exactly because we DO HAVE financial kudos!!

    Not at all. If you possess a credit card but lack the basic self-discipline required to use it effectively and avoid paying interest, then you can’t really say that you have financial kudos.

    I do almost everything on my credit card, and I pay it in full when each statement comes through. This is considerably easier than dealing with cash, and I never pay interest (in fact, I gain a small amount of interest by keeping the cash in a savings account before paying off the CC bill). Furthermore, there are legal benefits associated with using a credit card, such as shared liability with the card issuer which means that if your vendor goes bust or sells you dodgy goods, the card issuer has to step in to help resolve it. Also, they almost always come with freebie additional stuff like travel/lost luggage/ accident insurance while on holiday.

    I imagine the Queen does not possess a credit card either. That’s because she has people to do all that stuff for her. I figured it was the same for Adams.

    Extortionate interest rates and charges mean nothing to you then?

    They mean nothing to me, because I never pay interest or charges on my credit card account. There’s no reason why you have to. Interest rates and charges are issued by banks who discriminate enormously against people who cannot effectively manage their personal finances. It’s a basic principle – if you spend more than you earn (outside of obvious exceptions such as a mortgage) you are not financially organized.

    You WILL pay interest, and late payment charges, if you have made the silly mistake of spending more money than you have. But why would someone financially astute be in that position in the first place ?

    BTW it is possible to pay extortionate rates and charges in other ways. If you’re silly enough not to be able to pay off your card balance on time, why does that mean you’re not silly enough to avoid hitting the overdraft on your current account or taking out expensive loans for consumer goods in the shops ?

    But please dont give me any ludicrous analogies about credit cards being the result of an astute financial mind…

    Well, they are. Cash is king, but credit cards mean that you’re backed up, and usually insured while travelling, for free. An astute financial mind likes free stuff.