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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Picture House May 6, 2017

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Uncategorized.

There was a time when at Birthdays or Christmas I’d buy my better half a CD from a band she’d never heard of in the knowledge that she’d like it. Of course those days are gone in the online era but the habit lasted a few years. The album “Shine Box” by Irish band Picture House was one of the albums and was listened to an awful lot. I noticed that they were playing the NCH later on this year to mark 21 years since “Shine Box”, I wandered in and asked “Do you want tickets to Picture House ?”.. “Who?” …. “Picture House” …. Quizzical look… Television paused and I started to play “Fear of Flying” on my phone… “Oh Picture House! Yes please” was the answer.
The songs still sound decent enough.


1. WorldbyStorm - May 6, 2017

Wow, a blast from the past. Nice one IEL!

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2. GW - May 6, 2017

With the election and anniversary that’s in it this weekend it’s a good time to link La Chanson de Craonne.

We know much more about the mutinies in the Eastern Fronts of the imperialist and nationalist wars and civil wars of 1914-1921 than those of on the Western front. After the disastrous attack at Chemin des Dames in April/May 1917 large numbers of the French troops on the front mutinied and refused to leave barracks and go to the front. The donkeys in charge had not only killed our wounded about 180,000 of them in the latest attacks, but canceled home leave. The food got even worse.

Pacifist and trades union opposition to the war was growing. News was filtering in from Russia to the front, despite the authorities’ best efforts at censorship.

43% of the entire French infantry divisions mutinied. The mutiny was violently repressed in June 1917 and over three thousand courts martial were carried out against often randomly chosen soldiers. About six hundred death sentences were handed down, of which only 43 were carried out. The rest, along with the other thousands tried were sentenced to hard labour, and most of these were quietly commuted.

The French militarist tradition continues to try to surpress the history of this mutiny. Anyhow here’s the last verse of the the song that was composed during the mutiny in English.

On the grands boulevards it’s hard to look At all the rich and powerful whooping it up For them life is good But for us it’s not the same Instead of hiding, all these shirkers Would do better to go up to the trenches To defend what they have, because we have nothing All of us poor wretches All our comrades are being buried there To defend the wealth of these gentlemen here

Those who have the dough, they’ll be coming back, ‘Cause it’s for them that we’re dying. But it’s all over now, ’cause all of the grunts Are going to go on strike. It’ll be your turn, all you rich and powerful gentlemen, To go up onto the plateau. And if you want to make war, Then pay for it with your own skins.

I like this version because of it’s complete lack of ‘production values’:

but here’s one with French lyrics beside.

Catchy tune.


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