Nineteen Eighty Five

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Foreword: It was dinner time, 1985, and I was six. My sister asked me did I know when World War 2 happened and I replied '1984'. My family laughed and asked why I had said that. I explained i'd seen a music video on Top of the Pops with nazi soldiers marching to a song with a robotic voice saying '1984'. The video was 'Sex Crime' by Eurythmics.
My family then explained to me that this was 1984 and the video I had seen was part of the soundtrack to a film based on a book set in that year by George Orwell called Nineteen Eighty Four. My six year old brain melted. I started asking questions and my dad laughed and said 'Watch it, the Thought Police will get you." Most kids got the bogey man.
Needless to say i've been obsessed with it all my life, to the point where people say to me 'But it never happened' which got me thinking… it kind of did. It happened between 1983 and 1985 and in Northern Ireland at that time some things were similar to the book.

The idea for this song is that we are now living in the sequel, except that the government didn't do it to us, we have chosen to do it to ourselves. Web cams = 'telescreens', text speak = 'newspeak', wars world wide that seem to be ongoing, the recession, Gaddafi's back on the news and many other things.
It's about how we're living in hectic times, and how similar it is to the events in the Eighties, real and fictional… Slaine

lyrics

The clock strikes thirteen
we use the military clock
derelict developments
will make it like an eastern block
you don't use text speak?
it'll be subversive talk
everybody in the country's
turning into Gordon Comstock
for three weeks we scrape by
scrimp and almost starve
fourth week in
we're pure living it large
tonight dinner's on me
i'm buying everybodys round
brainwashed by the adverts
that seem to surround me,
around every corner
another day-glo sign
reminding me of all the things
that'll never be mine
from fine dining and wine
to two cars in the drive
i don't get it man because
i was brought up to survive
between Thatcher, angry crowds
the fear of mushroom clouds,
i guess i wear my hoody
as a pre-emptive shroud
i swear i've been here before
feels like when i was a kid
the factory has closed down
and the streets are un lit
the shops shelves half stocked
yet the prices still rise
and i can feel myself caught
in the cameras eyes

just like its 1985...

i feel myself caught
in the cameras eyes

Gaddafi!
back on the front page again?
sure i saw this as a kid
watching it on News at Ten,
is this a re-run?
nah its just part two
as we march to work in overalls
of uniformed blue,
drone planes drop bombs
conflicts are ongoing
tune in again
for the six o' clock showing,
kids trained for war
from playing Call of Duty 4
telescreen-dialysis-machine
is pumping out the scores,
every time you score a head shot
or critical hit
you know the telescreen
is increasing the drip
the revolution will be televised
in thirty second bursts
advertisers prise my eyes open
like John Hurt's.
So someone put this down
for the future generations
cause everybody after us
will need an explanation
to why we talk in new speak
in abbreviation
worshipping the screen
was not the point of creation,
dont believe their lies
then stand there all surprised
when you feel yourselves caught
in the cameras eyes

just like its 1985...

i feel myself caught
in the cameras eyes


This is not a work of fiction
of the twenty-first century
so come with me
i'll show you all the
paint splattered cemeteries
beside the penitentiary
adjoined to the barracks,
they're rattling their sabres
picking up their drumsticks
and banners,
cos here comes Hate Week
which should be over soon enough
if you turn the other cheek
and don't raise your voice,
it's best not to be seen
so back inside and bow down
to your rented telescreen,
we still buy processed meals
and call it double-plus-real.
I remember city centre
when it had a ring of steel
and getting through the checkpoint
felt like entering hell
because it happened for real here
i remember it well;
it's fucking scary for a child
being feared for your life
only six and getting searched
for a suspect device.
it's scary for a child
being feared for your life
only six and getting searched
for a
"suss, suspect device"

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"This is the way things are going at the present time.
In our world there will be no emotion except fear, rage, triumph and self abasement. The moral to be drawn from this dangerous, nightmare situation is a simple one.
Don't let it happen, It depends on you"

credits

from Nineteen Eighty Five, track released September 18, 2011
Music written by Niall Kennedy
Lyrics: Slaine Browne & Andrew Dunbar

Guitar: Andy Shields
Bass: Simon Crowe
Decks/MPC: Alun Evans

George Orwell: A Life in Pictures (2003)

Recorded by Team Fresh
Produced by Niall Kennedy
Mastered by Ryan Mitchell

Artwork by Luke Godsun

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