For the Love of Your Country


Nov 3 2006, 0:11

An American of my vague acquaintance has issued a bizarre challenge/thought experiment - define the land that you love (or otherwise) in ten little pop songs. While the world awaits her own effort with baited breath this list is all mine own.

England Made Me
(Title half-inched from Luke Haines, who half-inched it from Graham Greene)

Baby you could be famous
You could see your marble face all around
Baby you could be famous
If you could just get out of this town

Included for the benefit of Americans and Big Brother contestants. A thousand obnoxious media creatures grew up with this refrain (or something like it) rattling around their empty skulls. They will live long and prosper.

The Light At The End Of The Tunnel (Is The Light Of An Oncoming Train)
She stayed with me until,
She moved to Notting Hill,
She said it was the place she needs to be,
Where the cocaine is fair-trade,
and frequently displayed,
is the Buena Vista Social Club CD

Song of the quintessential jilted small town boy. Perfect for anyone who has ever wandered through Hoxton with burning hatred in their eyes.

Give Me A Riot In The Summertime
They're wrapping flags around their backs
And getting into vans

The perfect soundtrack to rising support for the British National Party. Less discerning individuals prefer Skrewdriver.

Generals And Majors
Generals and Majors ah ah
like never before are tired of being actionless

Checkout girl or top military brass, everyone likes to feel busy. Fortunately for all concerned this song's complaint is now moot.

Gift Horse
They're digging up human remains
In Notting Hill
Behind the screens, behind the wall
In our backgarden

The second mention for Notting Hill in a less than Richard Curtis context, and a fine reminder that quiet murder spans the class divide like little else.

Little England
Father's in the Garden
He's watering the flowers
Mother's on the telephone
She's calling Enoch Powell

The pop song equivalent of John Osborne's 'God Rot Tunbridge Wells'. Down with the bastard Daily Mail.

Comedy Time
Scrape that stupid smile across your face
It's comedy time

Original target, the BBC. These days Channel 4 and Endemol make better targets.

Someday (Soon)
And someday you'll learn to behave
Someday will be too late I'm afraid
'Cause there's no way you're coming home

A monument to never to be fulfilled good intentions. Think Jimmy Tomorrow in 'The Iceman Cometh'.

Bad Reputation
That Gary Glitter
he's a bad bad man
Ruining the reputation
of the Glitter Band

Giving sympathy to the real victims of the British tabloids' favourite kiddy fiddler, the poor bastards who - once upon a time - played in his band. These are the wretched of the earth, their every step dogged by crude innuendo, their radio play royalties decimated. Brother won't you spare a pound note?

We Hate the Kids
Every generation gets fooled again
And every generation is to blame
And its no good saying its not in your name
'cause it is in your name

Curses the generations old, new and to come. A fine caustic ending.

That wraps up contemporary England. Other suggestions will be welcomed Some will be considered, some will be ignored. Pitch in and enjoy yourselves.


  • artsyhipster

    It'll take days, maybe months for me to come up with my own list. I live in Califuckingfornia remember....It's hard enough to do it for my State, what more for the entire country run by an idiot.

    Nov 3 2006, 0:42
  • icanhaveablast

    ^^ Didn't Phantom Planet sum up everything that needed to be said about California??? This is a very interesting concept...I might try it some time. I started reading and thought, Wow! Excellent, I am going to know what he's talking about! ...But then I only know the first song by heart (the first Magnetic Fields song I ever ever heard!!), so it seems that I have a lot of checking out / discovering to do.

    Nov 3 2006, 3:35
  • Lintwurm

    Generous soul that I am I could quite easily Sendspace all ten songs and send you a link.

    Nov 4 2006, 0:38
  • icanhaveablast

    Ooooh...that would be greatly appreciated :)

    Nov 4 2006, 2:35
  • jackiesixty

    That is a eautiful visual collage. I feel I should e saluting or something. (apologies, there is a letter missing on my keyoard. it's etween a and c in the alphaet. sigh.)

    Apr 5 2009, 18:31
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