Monday, 15 June 2015

Xtract - Blame it on the Youth


  A protest song today from 1983 which concerns itself with police violence and the blame game that invariably follows. As several recent high profile cases have shown, 30 plus years later the sentiments expressed are still sadly all too relevant.

  Xtract formed in 1979 in Bolton and a couple of demos and a compilation appearance led to them entering Manchester's Revolution Studios to record a 4 track ep which was released on Pax Records and featured Blame It On The Youth, War Heroes, Iron Lady and Boys In Blue. The line up on this recording was Dave "Harvi" Howarth (vocals), Karl Morris (guitar), Rod Barker (bass) and Eddie "Kip" Fisher (drums).

  Despite good reviews for the ep Morris left shortly after it's release to join The Exploited and the band soon fell apart. Since then they've reformed several times with new members and are currently active with Harvi still on vocals, Lee Johnson (guitar), Shell Rayner (bass) and Corporal Vinnie (drums). Keep your eyes peeled as there's a new cd on the horizon.

  Until then, this is the title track from their '83 ep, Blame It On The Youth.....

The guns of oppression are pointing at you
Looking down the barrel of one tonight
The special squad cars are on red alert
You know the policeman is always right

Blame it on the youth, they always do
Blame it on the youth, we're ready for you

Murder is a crime unless you're a cop
Then it's all to do with duty
I only thought they were there to scare
I never really thought they'd shoot him

If they make a mistake they'll cover it up, find some ridiculous lie
Morning newspapers gloating on violence
How many more will suffer and die?

Everywhere you go, it's all the same
You're just another pawn in a bigger power game

It's the same all over the world
Justice just isn't fair
On law for them and another for us
They'll strip your dignity bare

Justice is a load of bollox, it really doesn't exist
You're just another target on a policeman's list

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