Last week Channel 2’s The Red & Dvir Show featured Israeli rock legends Mashina as special guests. Red – the cantankerous puppet rock star who is stuck in the ‘60s – held a special tribute to the seminal rockers, who released their first album 30 years ago. Only things didn’t go smoothly. When Red started playing the Mashina hit “Touched the Sky,” it quickly morphed into U2’s similar sounding “Sunday Blood Sunday.” And when Red started playing Mashina’s “Send me an Angel,” it quickly turned into The Police hit “Roxanne.”
That dovetailed nicely with a joke my friends and shared as kids about Mashina – they were an Israeli version of U2, The Police, Madness and other ‘80s-centric artists.