The news headline and coverage from Ukraine these past few weeks have been heartbreaking. After one particular grim bulletin, I was thinking that I should somehow use the blog to reference the war, but it just felt as if I was being tactless. The images of carnage made me think of the poster which inspired this:-
mp3: Manic Street Preachers – If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
Nicky Wire‘s words backed by James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore‘s music.
Incredible and indeed mind-blowing fact. This ode to the idealism of Welsh volunteers who joined the left-wing International Brigades fighting for the Spanish Republic against Franco’s military rebels, was hi-jacked by the far-right British National Party in 2009 for use as part of its campaign against what it described as the violence, hatred, fragmentation and despair happening in London as a result of multiculturalism. Click here for more background, where you’ll also be relieved and happy to read that immediate action was taken to have the song removed.
I bought one of the two CDs that the single was issued on back in 1998. It was the one with two remixes:-
mp3: Manic Street Preachers – If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next (Massive Attack Remix)
mp3: Manic Street Preachers – If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next (David Holmes Remix)
The remixes are exactly along the lines of what you’d expect from those involved. The Holmes mix is epic, coming in at over ten minutes in length.
Thank you for reading and listening today.