Sunday, 8 December 2019

Toxik Ephex feat BCWC - Refer-en-dum Lies



  When Louder Than War are asking if a song is the best ever re-write of a punk classic then it's pretty certain that we're dealing with something that's at least worth listening to and in this case something worthy of that question.

  Is there any point me posting the song on here now that the bigger sites have started talking about it? When it's this good and this important then of course it's worth spreading word of it to a few extra people. So let's take a closer look.

  Toxik Ephex is a Scottish anarcho-punk band, who was first formed in 1979 as The Abductors by founding member Fred "Inspector Blake" Wilkinson. The band's name was changed in 1980, they featured on the comp Bullshit Detector Vol.2 on Crass Records, released their first single (Punk As Fuck) in 1987, released split records with Oi Polloi and Shrapnel and a 1991 album called Nobby Porthole The Cock of the North before calling it a day. Since then they've reformed and split on several occasions but are back again with their reworking of one of the genres most famous songs.

  The Black Cat Worker Collective is a non-profit social enterprise committed to enhancing Aberdeen's grassroots music scene. You can find out more about them here :
  https://blackcat.coop/

  Both have joined forces, with the blessing of Adverts frontman TV Smith, to bring us a song that may just influence a few of the undecided voters ahead of Thursday's vote. They're trying to get across the message that "the UK General Election on the 12th December 2019 at least affords scope to mount a damage limitation exercise.  On one side there’s child poverty, widespread environmental destruction, selling off the NHS, food banks, zero hours contracts, the working poor, populist xenophobia, 120K deaths on universal credit, student debt, spiralling homelessness, WASPI women, social housing clad in firelighters, escalating knife crime, a retirement age of 75, the Windrush Scandal and seemingly endless overseas conflicts..... On the other side there is ‘hope‘."

  Featured musicians are Chiz Pirie (Drums), Ross Cunningham (Bass), Elias Eiholzer (Guitars), Fred Wilkinson (Bouzouki, Vocals), Frank Benzie (Vocals), Snaba Noble (Vocals), Brittney Ellis Cameron, (Vocals), Iona Macdonald (Vocals) and Andy Philip (Vocals).

  You can (and should) download the song for free here :   https://blackcatrecordsaberdeen.bandcamp.com/releases

  You should also share it around.

  I don't need to tell you the original name of the song, you all know it. The new version is called Refer-en-dum Lies...

Refer-en-dum lies!
I’m toiling in a sweatshop,
A prisoner of production,
A slave to universal credit,
My mind can barely function.
They scrapped our health & safety,
Now I’m sick from all the fumes,
Downsizing to a smaller flat,
We’re five to a bedroom.
I’m seeing through Boris Johnson’s lies,
Seeing through Boris Johnson’s lies,
Seeing through Boris Johnson’’s lies,
Seeing through Boris Johnson’s lies.
This isn’t what they promised us,
Ain’t taking back control,
No millions for the NHS,
Just dug a deeper hole.
I was duped by all the tabloids
Blaming cuts on immigration,
Said the Tories had our backs,
And they would build a stronger nation.
I’m seeing through tabloid media lies,
Seeing through tabloid media lies,
Seeing through tabloid media lies,
Seeing through tabloid media lies.
BRIDGE
Seeing through referendum lies,
Seeing through referendum lies,
Seeing through referendum lies,
Seeing through referendum lies.
I cast my vote in anger,
Thought “to hell with the EU”,
Hoping for a brighter future,
But none of that came true.
Should have never trusted Farage,
He went to public school,
Bankers don’t care for the working class,
He’s yet another lying tool.
I’m seeing through Nigel Farage’s lies,
Seeing through Nigel Farage’s lies,
Seeing through Nigel Farage’s lies,
Seeing through Nigel Farage’s lies.
Seeing through referendum lies,
Seeing through neoliberal lies,
The way they lied about austerity,
It’s a self-serving twisted ideology.

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