Chart-topping New Zealand singer Tiki Taane is due to appear in the Tauranga District Court on Friday after being arrested in the city early yesterday.
He was performing a gig at Illuminati on Harrington Street when police arrested him. Taane is charged with disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence to start or continue.
A number of people at the gig said Taane began singing “f*** the police” when they carried out a standard inspection of the club.
There maybe more to this, but on what has been reported so far the Tauranga cops are being a bit precious here. NWA’s “Fuck tha Police” is a classic song – rated No. 417 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 best songs of all time. It has been widely performed by many other bands. Sure, the lyrics are vehemently anti-Police, and contain lots of “naughty” words.
But it is a work of art, and one that has won widespread critical acclaim. To suggest that Taane was intending to incite violence against the Police by singing it when they were on the premises doing a “standard inspection” of the club doesn’t really cut it with me. And as for the “standard inspection”, don’t the Police have something better to do, like catching rapists and muggers, than doing “standard inspections” of clubs around 3am?
Hmmm – well, maybe catching a few people with dope on them in a club gets the Police stats up. Which may have been the point Taane was trying to make by singing that song.
Anyway, for their own sake, at least the Tauranga cops had the good sense to not hold him in custody. Possibly because he may have emulated Australian radio station Triple J and entertained them with 24 continuous hours of NWA’s Express Yourself in protest: