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Music for a royal wedding

April 27th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

The alert reader might have noticed that one William von Saxe-Coburg und Gotha is going to marry his blushing bride Catherine on Friday. Perhaps young William is better known by his family”s stage name Windsor, the name of one of the joints his family owns, chosen in order to distance the family from its German provenance during World War I.

This blog likes a good wedding, and in the spirit of the nuptial celebration would like to offer Wilhelm and his Frau a few sincerely selected party tunes for the reception, to be played when the wedding band takes a break from doing Come On Eileen. We mean it, man.

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The Redskins ““ Bring It Down (This Inane Thing) (1985).mp3
“You”ve never had it so good; the favourite phrase of those who”ve always had it better. You never had so much, is the cry of those who”ve always had much more, much more than you and I. Burn brother burn, fight together, this altogether”s an insane thing, insane thing. Bring it down.”

The Men They Couldn’t Hang – The Colours (1988).mp3
“I was woken from my misery by the words of Thomas Paine. On my barren soil they fell like the sweetest drops of rain. Red is the colour of the new republic, blue is the colour of the sea, white is the colour of my innocence, not surrender to your mercy.”

Stone Roses – Elizabeth My Dear (1989).mp3
“Tear me apart and boil my bones, I”ll not rest till she’s lost her throne. My aim is true my message is clear: It”s curtains for you, Elizabeth my dear.”

The Housemartins – Flag Day (single version, 1985).mp3
“So you thought you”d like to change the world, decided to stage a jumble sale for the poor, for the poor. It”s a waste of time if you know what they mean, try shaking a box in front of the queen “cause her purse is fat and bursting at the seams. It”s a waste of time if you know what they mean.”

Manic Street Preachers ““ Repeat (1992).mp3
“Repeat after me: Fuck queen and country. Repeat after me: Royal Khymer Rouge. Repeat after me: Imitation demi-gods!”

Moțrhead РGod Save The Queen (2000).mp3
“God save the queen, she ain”t no human being. There is no future in England’s dreaming” etc.

Billy Bragg – Take Down The Union Jack (2002).mp3
“Is this the 19th century that I”m watching on TV? The dear old Queen of England handing out those MBEs. Member of the British Empire; that doesn”t sound too good to me”¦ Take down the Union Jack; it clashes with the sunset.”

The Smiths ““ The Queen Is Dead (1986).mp3
“Farewell to this land’s cheerless marshes hemmed in like a boar between arches. Her very Lowness with a head in a sling, I’m truly sorry, but it sounds like a wonderful thing.”


  1. April 27th, 2011 at 09:16 | #1

    Brilliant choice…. for the “Dumb Flag Scum!”

  2. Brian
    April 27th, 2011 at 11:19 | #2

    I don’t know where you’re from, but I’m from London. I sometimes feel like one of a very small number of people who don’t feel like celebrating (though we seemed huge in a recent national celebration in the capital). The UK has been brought to its knees by bankers and we have to cut (apparently) everything except those things important to the rich, like banker’s bonuses, wars and royal weddings. So THANKS for a small contribution to the opposition. I shall be sitting in a pub in North East London somewhere, trying to stay away from the street parties and the TV.

  3. Eddie Bo
    April 27th, 2011 at 15:14 | #3

    Excellent stuff as usual. One thing whilst I prefer your subtitle on the Redskins – this celebration is truly mindnumbing – it should be Insane Thing.

    Keep it up!

  4. MartininMitcham
    April 27th, 2011 at 18:58 | #4

    I Live near London and agree whole heartedly with Brian. I felt compelled to thank you for a whole series of intelligent mix CD’s which brighten and enlighten this dark life! CHEERS!

  5. April 27th, 2011 at 19:12 | #5

    Take comfort Brian, you’re not alone. I’m from the US but as you know, our countries are conjoined twins. We’ve also been crippled by incompetent bankers who nevertheless are rewarded with multi-million dollar bonuses for their shoddy work.

    I won’t be watching any weddings but I take some comfort in the fact that if the Queen were to “accidentally” take a headfirst tumble down a flight of stairs then the UK would be the youngest leader of a major power. Perhaps he’d be more open to change, maybe a new outlook would bring a renaissance of Carnaby Street Swinging London.

  6. April 28th, 2011 at 06:14 | #6

    Good choices. I might have thrown in “Anarchy in the UK”.

  7. halfhearteddude
    April 28th, 2011 at 12:53 | #7

    Good spot, Eddie Bo. A serendipitous typo. I think I’ll keep it.

  8. sw2boro
    April 28th, 2011 at 16:40 | #8

    Dude, I used to love “The Colours” when I was 15 or so, but probably haven’t heard it now for over 20 years – heap these extra thanks in the corner with the others.

  9. April 29th, 2011 at 15:25 | #9

    Come and check our new podcast. The most eclectic mix you’ll find this weekend. This week we got Crass, Sex Pistols, Clinic, Nick Cave, Gaye Blades, International Submarine Band, Prince Buster, Dave Brubeck and much more. http://polyvinylcraftsmen.blogspot.com/2011/04/transmission-9-45s-special.html

  10. Rhod
    April 29th, 2011 at 22:54 | #10

    In Australia we are inundated with this Royal crap, thank you for giving us a diversion.



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