He’s 54, looks like an accountant and normally writes songs about reading his horoscope over breakfast, but Vince Fabri (pictured) could just be the most punk musician in Europe.
A few days ago, Vince loaded a parody of Malta’s national anthem onto his Facebook page, apparently annoying half of the Mediterranean island in the process.
“O Lord,” he wrote, taking the anthem’s opening words, “do not look upon this whore of a land, this mother who now sells herself. Let us make some money.”
Within five minutes people were leaving messages calling him a traitor, demanding a public apology and, oddly, saying he couldn’t have committed a bigger crime if he’d tried.
Why’d he do it? Disappointingly it wasn’t a tribute to the Sex Pistols’ God Save the Queen. Instead, Vince is angry with the Maltese government’s latest moneymaking plan: to sell passports to anyone who wants one.
All someone will soon have to do is pay the government €1.15 million, promise they haven’t committed any war crimes and that they don’t have any infectious diseases, and then a golden passport is theirs. (No, I’m not sure why having AIDS is as equal a barrier to citizenship as committing ethnic cleansing, but those are the rules!)
The government’s hoping to raise at least €900m from the scheme, which suggests there’s 783 people out there who desperately want to become Maltese.
Vince is a councillor for the country’s main opposition party, so his parody’s largely been dismissed as a cynical political move. But full marks for effort, and for showing that toying with an anthem can still anger a lot of people.
As a bonus, here is a brilliant pop opera version of the anthem by Maltese celebrity Enzo Gusman. I don’t speak Maltese, but I’m pretty sure there are no whores mentioned!