Manic Street Preachers have stopped the the British National Party from using one of their songs, which they did completely without the band’s permission.
The far-right political party were hosting a video on their website, and on a youTube account, under the heading ‘The Cesspit Called London’ which was soundtracked by the band’s 1998 Number One single ‘If You Tolerate This, Your Children Will Be Next’.
Ironically, the lyrics to that song concern the International Brigade – the group of volunteers, including Welsh farmers, who went to Spain to fight fascism in the Spanish Civil War.
The phrase appeared on a poster published at the time.
The band’s label SonyBMG immediately issued cease and desist orders, and the material has now been taken down.