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a lost treasure,
This review is from: Neither Washington... Nor Moscow (Audio CD)
I bought the album as vinyl when the band was the darling of the SWP. I had a bizarre conversation with Chris over the phone when he was looking for posters of South Africa to use at a concert. I was grumpy and I failed to realise in the modest, unassuming guy who was trying to ask for a favour that here was the hero of the vinyl I enjoyed so much. My apologies Chris and hopefully this will make up for it.
Where to start. Making political music isn't easy and making it in the environment the Redskins found themselves in was less than easy but they did it. Yes, there are Marxist lessons in the lyrics but there are also incredibly catchy songs and rhythms and so much energy. The Redskins could go from dance songs to the sort of thing you could listen to quietly by yourself, and they did it effortlessly.
I gave away all my vinyl a while back and replaced what I wanted to replace with CDs. Then two weeks ago for some reason I found myself singing Kick over the statues and I decided to replace the album. It's just as moving and catchy and powerful as it was back then. So Chris, if by chance you come out of hiding here's my thank you for putting to song arguments and ideals that weren't easy to pass on in conversation let alone in a few minutes of song. A lot of us miss you - we miss the songs, the music and the generosity. You produced something that challenge the ideas of that time and what is more impressive is that the music is still as relevant today as it was then. So, thanks. I'd give an arm and a leg to have that phone conversation again :-)