Putin on the Ritz.

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So, last night Mrs Goodman and I were on our way to Trivia, so I could share my great knowledge of obscure 80’s music references with the world, when we were discussing the upcoming rumble regarding great Abbott V Putin. Abbot was threatening to “shirt-front” Putin and give him a solid talking too regarding the Russian backing of the Ukraine Rebels.

“Shirt-fronting” , as far as I can gather, means to grab someone by ones collar in a menacing fashion.

We were listening to WSFM, because we are cool like that, and Jonesy and Amanda were being replayed, discussing the very thing that we were.

Then Richard Mercer came on, all smooth and debonair like, asking for requests. As quick as a whip I pulled out the phone and called the number, which is 139736 and to my great, great surprise Richard Mercer himself answered the phone.

“Oh Hi…” I said quite startled, “Can I please request a song?”

He started in on his spiel, something like “What can I play for you, and who is this special song going out to tonight?”

Gleefully I asked him to play Putin on the Ritz, for our Prime Minister.


Mrs Goodman calmly explained that to get a song on Richard Mercer’s show, it needed to be accompanied by some sort of sad story, like your dog just got hit by a car and you cannot afford the vet bill, or your gas got cut off because you could not afford the gas bill. Or if your Mum suffered a fall and was unable to pick the kids up from school for you on Thursday afternoon, as arranged.

It had to be a song that had some special meaning attached to it.

So I searched my brain to call back with a special song that had some special meaning attached, but came up with nothing. Because by that stage, I could not stop singing “Putin on the Ritz.” It was an ear worm that has stayed with me until this very second…

If you’re blue and you don’t know
Where to go to, why don’t you go
Where fashion sits?
Puttin’ on the Ritz
Different types who wear a day coat,
Shirt-fronting Putin and cutaway coat,
perfect fits.
Puttin’ on the Ritz

Have you ever requested a song on the radio?

What was it? What is your special song and the story behind it?

And Abbott v Putin? Who is your money on?