The Blood That Moves the Body
by a-ha

Album: Stay On These Roads (1988)
Charted: 25


  • Written about kamikaze suicides, Chris Martin of Coldplay has cited this as an inspiration when he first began writing songs.
  • According to Merriam-Webster online dictionary, "kamikaze" is a "member of a Japanese air attack corps in World War II assigned to make a suicidal crash on a target (as a ship)." Since WWII, the word has been used to describe any person willing to sacrifice their own life to carry out an act of violence upon another.
  • It is widely thought the Japanese "invented" the act of kamikaze, and although the Japanese did devise the tactic used in WWII, it was not used by the Japanese before, nor has it been used since. Rather, the term "kamikaze" itself means "divine wind," and has a positive connotation for Japan, originating in the 13th Century when two storms devastated Mongolia's invading fleets - led by Genghis Khan - and protected Japan from invasion. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Erick Overveen - Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • In Japan, this was used in a series of commercials to promote the makeup brand Gatsby.

Comments: 1

  • Darkdread from Magallanes, ChileRebel fighters in the Palestine or Afghanistan against the invading countries in their lands (Israel and the US) also deserve the name of Kamikazes.
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