Fake Photos, Real Murders

“Soldiers from the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment will be charged this week in relation to the death of Baha Mousa, an Iraqi hotel receptionist severely beaten while in British military custody.

Around six soldiers from the QLR – the regiment at the centre of the row over hoax pictures published in the Daily Mirror – face charges in relation to incidents in Iraq. Senior military officials said Geoff Hoon, the Secretary of State for Defence, will confirm “within days” the first criminal prosecutions against British soldiers since the war began.(Source: The Independent)

I find it a bit spooky and sadly unsurprising that some of the stuff I said in this rant two weeks ago has now come true.

Any criticism of the actions of British soldiers in Iraq is now rubbished, the fake photos have provided a simply wonderful buffer for the UK government. Blair can breathe much more easily than his US allies in their increasing spiral of torture / abuse / murder revelations.

And yet…

Baha Mousa is still dead. Along with the others detailed in the Red Cross report that seems to be conveniently forgotten now.

Also forgotten: all the Iraqis killed by the huge bombing carried out by USK forces. These people were also killed illegally, murdered, by forces acting outside of any UN remit. The pattern these forces were following was one of ‘pre-emptive attack’ (yes, the justification used by the Nazis) because of the mountain of WMDs Saddam Hussein had stockpiled.

All those civilians dead. No WMDs found. A sovereign country occupied by foreign invaders. Its citizens imprisoned without trial, tortured and murdered by the “liberating” troops.

It reads like a piece of horrific fiction. But it’s the real world, as made possible by our peaceful, freedom-loving governments.

Tony Blair and New Labour are war criminals. Remember that on June 10th.

Bless Playlist 17/5/2004


Architecture In Helsinki. Photo by Jack Sweetman

Tonight was very, very good. Not cos it was packed (it wasn’t) or because I managed to fit in every new track I wanted to (I didn’t by a long way) but because the people who were there seemed to really enjoy it. And so I did. DJing is, after all, a sonic form of mutual masturbation, a circuit of joy.

I had two separate people come up at the end and thank me for doing the night, saying they loved hearing a different mix of music. For a DJ, those words are the biggest compliment you can get! 🙂

I know there are some people who think I’m being obscure just for the sake of it, but I’m not: I just like pop music. I think everything I play, whether it’s Atreyu, All Girl Summer Fun Band or ELO is great pop music. Yes, some of the bands are not that well known but all of them make very catchy, poppy music (in their genres). I’m very chuffed the popness is getting through!

The best new track tonight was Architecture In Helsinki’s ‘The Owls Go.’ I played it near the end tonight and it worked much better cos you could hear all the frenetic little details in this delightful song, which sounds like a bunch of junior school kids let loose with guitars and cheesegraters. Ace!

Best old track was ‘Sorrow,’ a stomping classic from The Merseys. It’s been covered loads of times but the original is still the best. A huge hit from the year I was born.

You dancin’? You askin’? Well, I’m askin’… Well, I’m dancin’ :

Bobby Conn And The Glass Gypsies – We Come In Peace
RJ Valeo – Saturday Afternoon
Sparta – Travel By Bloodline
RJD2 – Good Times Roll (Part 2)
Jon Brion – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Main Title)
Embrace – Said Gun
Erase Errata – Dexerity Is #2
Dilated Peoples – Love And War
Atreyu – You Eclipsed By Me
The Sprites – Do It Yourself
Erast – Georgianintokyo (Atom TM Remix)
Kanye West – All Falls Down
American Football ? The One With The Wurlitzer
Pantera – Mouth For War
Ben Folds Five – Army
Magnetic Fields – If There’s Such A Thing As Love
DJ Muggs – Biggie Bowie
Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky
Postal Service – Nothing Better
Husker Du – Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely
Rufio – Still
Dopplereffekt – Scientist
Madness – Embarassment
Shins – Kissing The Lipless
MF Doom – Mr Clean
Half Man Half Biscuit – Four Skinny Indie Kids
Lamb Of God – Purified
All Girl Summer Fun Band – Later Operator
The Merseys – Sorrow
Helvetica – Intension Release
Adhemard – Don Daine La Ridaine
The Lemonheads – If I Could Talk I’d Tell You
Lords Of The Underground – Funky Child
Weezer ? El Scorcho
Dan Tyminski – Greens Fees
The Ponys – Lets Kill Ourselves
The Dissociatives – Lifting The Veil From The Braille
Jonathan Richman – This Kind Of Music
Komeda – It’s Alright, Baby
Lali Puna – Faking The Books
Architecture In Helsinki – The Owls Go
Robert Mellin & Gian Pieri Reverberi – Robinson Crusoe (Main Theme)
Suede – The Drowners
Beck – Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime