Generic Ratings: 1: Crap. 2: Okay. 3: Good. 4: Great
How to follow up the mammoth unexpected success of your last album? Release your biggest song? This single became the band’s first UK number 1, and remains their only single released in the US. Based around the idealism of young (Welsh) volunteers who signed up to fight with the rebels in the Spanish Civil War, the song has since been used for any number of causes, ironic, apt, or otherwise. With powerful, poetic, literary lyrics it is one of those songs it was always amusing to see people with barely a thought in their head singing along too, especially when it was released. The song is so effortlessly catchy that everyone gets swept along with it’s melancholy verse, string-drenched chorus, and it still holds probably the finest example of the Manics ‘ooh and aahs’ trademark thanks to that extended ending.
If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next: 4/Great
Misheard Lyric: Hosing your hair today/but I am past a feast
Actual Lyric: Holes in your today/but I’m a pacifist
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