It was reported today that Sir Paul fell victim to an embarrassing radio prank. Montreal's radio station CKOI's DJ , Marc Audette, placed a phone call to Sir Paul pretending to be Canadian Prime Minister, Jean Chretien. Here is the conversation as published in Britain's Sun newspaper on-line:
DJ: Yes, hello. Sir McCartney?
DJ: This is Jean Chretien, Prime Minister of Canada. How are you?
PAUL: I'm great, thank you Jean. Is it okay if I call you Jean?
DJ: Yes of course. It is such an honor to speak to you.
PAUL: Oh great man, how's things over there?
DJ: Very fine, everything is c'est bon. I hope this is the same for you and your live shows.
PAUL: Oh great, thank you.
DJ: Like they say, break a leg.
PAUL: Ha, ha, ha, break a leg, I like it.
DJ: I have to tell you, you are to receive the Order of Canada, very few people receive it. Two have received it this year, two very important scientists.
PAUL: I've heard of one, they work on AIDS.
DJ: Exactly, exactly, they work a lot on it. It is very important for me to include you in that group as a singer and songwriter who has changed the lives of my citizens so much.
PAUL: That's fabulous man, it's such a high honor for me.
DJ: You know, I've done politics for 40 years and it's like working eight days a week, but I still like to take time as a music lover to honor someone who has done more for people than any politician.
PAUL: Oh, that's nice of you. We were just having fun at the time, though.
DJ: I don't suppose you speak a little French, Paul?
PAUL: Oh, un petit peu monsieur.
DJ: You have a good accent.
PAUL: UN petit peu le français.
DJ: Bravo, bravo. Très bien.
PAUL: Merci beaucoup, merci.
DJ: When you come to Canada you'll always be regarded as an honorary citizen.
PAUL: Merci beaucoup, monsieur. This is a great honor, I feel a particular fondness for Canada, the British and Canadians have had a long history together. I've got to go on stage now, we'll talk later.
DJ: Sir, Paul, if there's anything you want, if there's anything I can do, you are going to be able to call on me and I'll send some love from me to you.
PAUL: Ha ha, I can't believe I'm listening to the prime minister of Canada and he says 'Love from me to you'.
DJ: I am probably your greatest fan among politicians.
PAUL: That is great. We should meet when I come to Canada.
DJ: This would be simple because you could come together with your wife to the official mansion for winners of the Order of Canada. If you want we can work it out. It is a beautiful place, there are pine trees, flowers, even a strawberry field.
PAUL: You're quoting Beatles songs right?
DJ: Yes exactly.
PAUL: Thanks Jean, that would be great, it's very nice of you.
DJ: Thank you sir, and as you would normally say, you're going to say good-bye and I'm going to say hello.
PAUL: I love it, you take it easy.
DJ: Thank you very much Mr. McCartney, oh by the way - you're been pranked.
PAUL: (silence) Oh yeah?
PAUL: I've just thought that might be the case. Ha ha. I wondered about the Beatles lyrics.
DJ: Thank you very much sir, I must say it was an honor to speak to you.
PAUL: We'll I'm telling you we're going to sue your ass off.
DJ: Are you serious?
PAUL: No, ha ha ha.
DJ: Ha ha ha.
PAUL:You Canadians are funny, I was beginning to think Canada has one zany PM. Bye.
According to Sir Paul's spokesman, "He took it all in good spirits." Sir Paul isn't the only person to fall victim to the such a prank. Back in 1995, her majesty the Queen was hoaxed by the same radio station when another DJ pretended to be Monsieur Chretien.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
©1994-2013 Harald Gernhardt. All Rights Reserved