HATE YOU SOUTH AFRICAN BASTARDS
(RE-RELEASE CD 'LOVE YOUR ENEMIES')
don't you love your enemies
why don't you give them everything.
TRACK LP ON ROUGH TRADE. CAT NO. RTM155.
Side a- Helicopter Of The Holy Ghost, Michael Murphy, Love
Your Enemies, Fiction Land.
Side b- Pink Skinned Man, Patrick Moore Says You Can't Sleep Here, Hello
Rascals, Pretoria Quickstep.
ELEVEN TRACK CD RE-ISSUE ON REV-OLA (CREATION). CAT NO. CREV042CD.
Tracklisting as LP with 'In the World' 12 Inch as bonus
tracks- Loftholdingswood, Teddy Dogs, 464.
their second LP, this was a compilation of the first two singles and several
unreleased songs from their early time in Southern Ireland. The CD re-issue
also contained the 'In The World' 12 Inch.
Of the previously unreleased songs, three tracks are instrumentals- a
very pleasant 'Michael Murphy' and equally tuneful 'Patrick Moore Says
You Can't Sleep Here'. Both stand on their own two feet and show Sean
O'Hagan's ability to craft a stand-alone piece of music. The other instrumental
'Pretoria Quickstep' is much more eerie with the vinyl version looping
continuously on the run off groove (a hippie thing if ever there was).
To me, it feels more like soundtrack material than a song in its own right
and seems out of place among the other gems.
Your Enemies' was the only previously unreleased song to have vocals.
A heavily sarcastic song fits perfectly with the original title and leaves
people in little doubt as to where Microdisney stood on forgiveness of
people still engaged in atrocities. Here was an sign that Microdisney
were much more than just a pleasant pop band.
Being a compilation. the songs are more mix and match than its predecessor.
Some songs maintain the atmospheric beauty of the first LP, others are
much more disjointed. Despite this, and despite being an LP born out of
the need to release something it still holds up in its own right.
The album title was renamed for the re-release CD. In some ways it was
a shame to re-name the best album title in history but understandable
given the nature of the newly free and democratic South Africa and the
desire shown by its leaders for 'reconciliation'. Press at the time of
the original release suggested lobbying to amend the title to 'We hate
you WHITE South African Bastards'. Perhaps this was just a misconstrued
in-house joke (Microdisney constantly confusing the press in interviews
and thereby confusing the end reader) but no doubt the irony appealed
to a Microdisney already fed up with being misinterpreted. For those who
still haven't got the message this was the original cover from the LP.
the subject of best song titles, my personal faves are:
1. Flux Of Pink Indians- 'The Fucking Cunts Treat Us Like Pricks'
2. Church Police- 'The Oven Is My Friend'
3. Millions of Dead Cops- 'John Wayne Was A Nazi'
4. McCarthy- 'Use A Bank I'd Rather Die'
5. Happy Flowers- 'If This Gun Were Real I Could Sleep In The Big Bed
6. Slaughter and the Dogs- 'Where Have All The Bootboys Gone?'
7. Mekons- 'Never Been In A Riot'
8. Bubby Girl- 'Roll Around In The Mud Like The
Pig You Are'