#754: 1998, The Manic Street Preachers, If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next

by Ray_North on September 9, 2013

I wanted very much to find a song from the 1990’s. Because we’ve not posted many songs from a period, where, in theory, we should have been very receptive to the music that was providing the backdrop to some of the most important and exciting times in our lives – yet, funnily enough, we’ve put forward more songs from the sixties, when we were barely born and the 70s when we were kids.

Odd really. And it got me thinking that, perhaps, much of the music from the 90’s, my 20’s was a bit crap. I wracked my brain, true Brit-pop was desperately overrated and overplayed, but what about everything else? There must surely have been music that effected me in the same way as the bands I listened to in my teens.

I have to say, I struggled to think of one.

Then, today, I heard Manic Street Preachers‘ Nicky Wire talking about their new album – he sounds such a lovely fella. He was asked about the fact that the EDL had used this song as an intro to one of their meetings – he chuckled in response, and said, ‘we’re a Welsh Socialist band, this is a song about Welsh miners going to fight in the Spanish Civil War.’ He then chuckled again, ‘I mean one of the lines is I can shoot rabbits, then I can shoot fascists. What,’ he added, ‘do they not understand about that.’

There was no histrionics, there was no faux anger or attempt to make more out of the issue than was necessary he was more interested in talking about why the song meant so much to him because it was their first number one and influenced by The Clash’s Spanish Guns.

It is a great song, JD Bradfield’s vocals are wonderful (as always), and the song goes to places that most bands just wouldn’t be able to touch. The music from the 1990’s wasn’t all crap.

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George_East September 9, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Love this song. Great pick. New album out next week.

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