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Thread #147931 Message #3431239
Posted By: GUEST,Blandiver
05-Nov-12 - 08:10 AM
Thread Name: The Jarrow March
Subject: RE: Folklore: I have to ask the Brits-The Jarrow March
I'd like to point out that The Jarrow March isn't Folklore - certainly not in the prissy Mudcat sense of the word anyway. It is, in fact, as shameful an episode in the recent class-ridden history of our most Hideous Isles as you could wish for. 76 years on and we are still a class-ridden shithole, getting shittier by the day as the present ill-elected government carries on the great Toff Tradition by dismantling the country bit by bit.
The Alan Price song is, alas, a ghastly example of the 1970's Folk Zeitgeist. It ended up becoming near-anthemised for the FA Cup final of 1974 - still, it could have been worse: Liverpool got Little Jimmy Osmond - but they also got the cup. Ho hum. Alan Price's earlier cover of Tommy Armstrong's Trimdon Grange Explosion is of a higher order entirely, packing it's brassy non-folky power-pop punch with a style and dignity that still sounds pretty cool today: