song: this corrosion
artist: the sisters of mercy
uk - 1987
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
this is england ‘88 - promo
dir.: shane meadows
december 13th, 14th & 15th - 2011
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
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
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
song: farewell to the fairground
album: to lose my life
band: white lies
uk - 2009
+: here is the la roux version (electropop)
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