‘Baghdad Ska / Night Bus’ is a limited edition white vinyl split seven inch single, released by the legendary REPEA*T organisation, to raise money for the ‘Love Music Hate Racism’ campaign.
It finds surrealist rebel poet Attila The Stockbroker and cohorts Barnstormer laying down a skank-tastic backbeat to tell the story of an Iraqi caught up in the war and subsequent occupation of his country. Despite Attila’s politically inaccurate assertion that: "They’re going to take me to Guantanemo Bay", it’s a thought provoking tale.
On the flip side, ‘Night Bus’ by Cambridge based Bomb Factory is an ‘Oi’ punk flavoured tale of “the cattle market experience” of using buses to cross from one side of London to another after midnight. Essentially, it’s not a very nice trip, full of pissheads, stoners, mentalists and muggers all driven around the capital by the bus driver from hell.
So there you have it. Musically it’s not brilliant but that’s hardly the point. In this apathetic age Repeat are to be applauded for raising people’s political awareness using a good old fashioned dose of the DIY punk spirit.
Buy ‘Baghdad Ska/Night Bus’ by sending a cheque or postal order for £3.00 to R*E*P*E*A*T, PO Box 438, Cambridge CB4 1FX
Find out more about the ‘Love Music Hate Racism’ campaign at www.lmhr.org.uk
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