song: this corrosion
album: floodland
artist: the sisters of mercy
uk - 1987

ode of remembrance

with proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
england mourns for her dead across the sea.
flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
fallen in the cause of the free.

solemn the drums thrill: death august and royal,
sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
there is music in the midst of desolation,
and a glory that shines upon her tears.

they went with songs to the battle, they were young.
straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
they were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
they fell with their faces to the foe.

they shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
at the going down of the sun and in the morning,
we will remember them.

they mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
they sit no more at familiar tables at home;
they have no lot in our labour of the daytime;
they sleep beyond england’s foam.

but where our desires are and our hopes profound,
felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
to the innermost heart of their own land they are known,
as the stars are known to the night.

as the stars will be bright when we are dust,
moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
as the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
to the end, to the end, they remain.

+:  ode taken from laurence binyon’s poem, “for the fallen”, which was first published in the times in september 1914. the poem honoured the world war i british war dead of that time, and in particular the british expeditionary force, which by then already had high casualty rates on the developing western front.

+: the phrase lest we forget is often added as a final line at the end of the ode and repeated in response by those listening, especially in australia. in the united kingdom, australia, new zealand and singapore, the final line of the ode, “we will remember them”, is repeated in response. in canada, the last stanza of the above extract has become known as the act of remembrance, and the final line is also repeated

songs: play for today / a forest
album: bestival 2011 (10th september)
band: the cure
uk - 2011 

this is england ‘88 - promo
dir.: shane meadows 
december 13th, 14th & 15th - 2011
+: channel4

Gothic Girls - Devil
0 plays

song: devil
album: lilac dreams 
band: gothic girls
uk - 1984

fire in your eyes,
devil’s teeth shine. 

Joy Division - Interzone
389 plays

song: interzone
album: unknown pleasures
band: joy division
uk - 1979

four, twelve windows, ten in a row (behind a wall, well i looked down low)
the lights shined like a neon show (inserted deep felt a warmer glow)
no place to stop, no place to go (no time to lose, had to keep on going)
i guessed they died some time ago (i guessed they died some time ago)
and i was looking for a friend of mine (and i had no time to waste)
yeah, looking for some friends of mine.

song: suffragette city (david bowie cover) - live on track with seat
band: the horrors 
england - 2011

Sad Lovers and Giants - Clint
71 plays

song: clint
album: epic garden music
band: sad lovers and giants
england - 1982

and if we meet again someday
i know that you won’t be the same
when understanding is betrayed
just walk away, just walk away

+: their sound blends post-punk, atmospheric keyboards and psychedelia and the band has been described as “a pastoral pink floyd”.

song: i can see through you
album: skying
band: the horrors
england - 2011

some people see you
to me you’re just see-through
no one remembers your name
no one tries

'cause i can see through you and i don't get it
i can see through you and there’s no way
i can see through you
i can see through

Placebo - Special Needs
24 plays

song: special needs
album: sleeping with ghosts
band: placebo
uk - 2003

Bush - The Afterlife
4,979 plays

song: the afterlife
album: the sea of memories
band: bush
uk - 2011 

White Lies - Farewell To The Fairground
183 plays

song: farewell to the fairground
album: to lose my life
band: white lies
uk - 2009

+: here is the la roux version (electropop) 

 - Anarchy In The U.K.
180 plays

song: anarchy in the uk
album: nevermind the bollocks, here’s the sex pistols
band: the sex pistols 
uk - 1977

song: future starts slow
album: blood pressures
band: the kills
usa/uk - 2011

+: the ‘kissy kissy’ moment at the beginning is priceless

the kills - live @ glastonbury
june 25th, 2011
duration: 36 minutes 

no wow
future starts slow
heart is a beating drum
u.r.a. fever
pots and pans
fried my little brains
the last goodbye
sour cherry