Embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has made it clear that he likes beer. That message was amplified on Tuesday night (Oct. 2) in the cold open to The Late Show via a musical spoof entitled “Red Red Whine,” which, of course, was set to the riddims of UB40‘s 1983 reggaefied cover of Neil Diamond’s “Red, Red Wine.”
The parody song was inspired by a recent New York Times report which revealed that Kavanaugh was questioned by the New Haven Police Department following a 1985 bar fight after a UB40 concert. According to the report, Kavanaugh was an undergraduate at Yale when he was accused of throwing ice onto another man, whom a friend said the judge believed was the singer of the reggae-pop band.
“Red Red Wine/Goes to his head/Makes him forget that he did things he regrets,” a soundalike sings interspersed with comments from Kavanaugh’s recent Senate Judicial Committee hearing in which he repeatedly espoused his love of suds amid clips from UB40’s boozy original video for the song.
The band recently made it clear in a statement to Billboard that they had nothing to do with the 1985 incident. “Obviously, there must have been an assault because the police were called and a report was filed, but this is a case of mistaken identity and has nothing to do with UB40,” a spokesperson for UB40 founding member guitarist/vocalist Robin Campbell told Billboard.
In case there was any doubt, the man involved in the bar fight was not Ali Campbell, the singer told the The Guardian on Tuesday (Oct. 2) that there was no chance he was in that New Haven bar three decades ago (“It wasn’t me!”), nor would he ever have a problem with a group of people staring at him — because, well, it happens all the time.
“I don’t remember the gig in question [in Connecticut], but we did more than 1,000 shows in the U.S. in the ’80s,” he said. “They blur into one another, but the last thing I would do is go to the bar over the road after a show — I jump straight into a car and go back to the hotel. If someone had been staring at me, I wouldn’t have gone: ’Ere, who are you looking at?’ I’ve been on TV screens for 35 years, so I’m used to people looking at me. Most people who do recognise me are lovely.”
Watch the parody and the original below.