Thursday, October 22, 2015

A watery grave

Manic Street Preachers' 1998 album This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours is notable chiefly for boasting a single about the Spanish Civil War that rather improbably topped the charts ('If You Tolerate This, Your Children Will Be Next') and for marking an apparent attempt to distance themselves from their early albums and The Holy Bible. Nevertheless, 'Ready For Drowning' remains one of my favourite Manics songs, an ode to Capel Celyn, the Welsh village flooded in the 1960s to create a reservoir for Liverpool. In this BBC article, former villagers and others, including ex-First Minister Rhodri Morgan, offer their reflections on an episode that understandably aroused protest and inflamed nationalist sentiment.

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