Genesis – Illegal Alien

This song from 1983 has been ranked as one of the worst songs ever on a few prominent lists and has lyrics and a video that appear to promote racial stereotypes. The song is not given much radio play, but perhaps is relevant again as “undocumented workers” (what President Obama calls them) face heightened difficulties with immigration laws in Arizona and Georgia.

The sing-along chorus – “It’s no fun/being an illegal alien” is enthusiastic, perhaps acknowledging that hey, illegal immigrants still find their hardships in the U.S.A. a better option than remaining lawfully in their home country. Mind you, one verse often edited out for radio has an immigrant offer his sister for sex to get across the border. Perhaps the attempt at satire and humour just went a little too far.


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