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Manics: EDL use of our song 'utterly self-defeating'

The Manic Street Preachers's Nicky Wire, has called the English Defence League's use of the band's anti-fascist anthem "so utterly self-defeating that it actually made me laugh."

"If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next" - a song written about Welsh miners who fought against fascism in the Spanish Civil war - was used in the background for a video ahead of an EDL rally in Birmingham this July.

Talking to BBC 5 live's Richard Bacon, Wire said: " It's just pointless......One of the lines in it is 'If I can shoot rabbits, I can shoot fascists.' It's crammed with lyrics inspired by George Orwell's 'Homage to Catalonia' and 'Spanish Bombs' by The Clash."

The Welsh band, who are self-proclaimed socialists, are about to start a sell-out UK tour to promote their eleventh album 'Rewind The Film'.

  • 10 Sep 2013
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