Saturday, 29 May 2010

Blackhorse Apocalypse!

I've just realised that the Manic Street Preachers managed to predict the downfall of the British banking system in 1992. 

The audaciously titled "NatWest-Barclays-Midlands-Lloyds" is taken from there début album "Generation Terrorists" which seethed with angry political polemics and critiques of the consumer society "The more you own the more you are, lonelier with cheap desire". 

I don' know of any other band that could manage to shoehorn such an unlikely chorus together yet make it sound so effective. Check it out.


"NatWest-Barclays-Midlands-Lloyds"

Economic forecast soothe our dereliction
Words of euthanasia, apathy of sick routine
Carried away with useless advertising dreams
Blinding children, life as autonotomes


NatWest, NatWest-Barclays-Midlands-Lloyds
Blackhorse apocalypse
Death sanitised through credit
NatWest, NatWest-Barclays-Midlands-Lloyds
Blackhorse apocalypse
Death sanitised through credit


Barclays iron eagle, "33 injection"
Sold to advertisers, computer execution line
They give and take away, repossess and crucify
The more you own the more you are, lonelier with cheap desire


NatWest, NatWest-Barclays-Midlands-Lloyds
Blackhorse apocalypse
Death sanitised through credit
NatWest, NatWest-Barclays-Midlands-Lloyds
Blackhorse apocalypse
Death sanitised through credit


Prosperity - exports for Pol Pot
Prosperity - Mein Kampf for beginners


NatWest, NatWest-Barclays-Midlands-Lloyds
Blackhorse apocalypse
Death sanitised through credit
NatWest, NatWest-Barclays-Midlands-Lloyds
Blackhorse apocalypse
Death sanitised through credit


Hear it here!





They are also responsible for my favourite lyric off all time:


 "Killed off literature for sex and violence,
 fed a generation the equivalent of science"
"B-Side Dead Yankee Drawl"


Utterly brilliant and more relevant today than ever.



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