Anatomy of Your Enemy

  • songfacts ®
  • Artistfacts ®
  • A band composition by the Pittsburgh political punk group Anti-Flag, this song outlines ten steps governments take to justify war. Released five months after the September 11 attacks on America, the song was a bold statement against what the United States government called the "War on Terror."
  • When we spoke with Anti-Flag drummer Pat Thetic in 2012, he told us that this was the song he was most proud of. Said Thetic: "It's just a snare drum and sort of a spoken word song. It's not my proudest work as a songwriter, but the text of the song is very important to me, because it talks about how people in power create enemies, so we will all go off and kill them as a culture. For me, it's a song that is very important, because a lot of young people don't see these processes happening, but they're happening every day, and people are creating enemies around us all the time and if you can see that it's just a tactic, it's very easy to see through the tactic."
Please sign in or register to post comments.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Chad Channing (Nirvana, Before Cars)Songwriter Interviews

Chad tells tales from his time as drummer for Nirvana, and talks about his group Before Cars.

Tim Butler of The Psychedelic FursSongwriter Interviews

Tim and his brother Richard are the Furs' foundation; Tim explains how they write and tells the story of "Pretty In Pink."

Kim Thayil of SoundgardenSongwriter Interviews

Their frontman (Chris Cornell) started out as their drummer, so Soundgarden takes a linear approach when it comes to songwriting. Kim explains how they do it.

Billy Joe ShaverSongwriter Interviews

The outlaw country icon talks about the spiritual element of his songwriting and his Bob Dylan mention.

Ben Kowalewicz of Billy TalentSongwriter Interviews

The frontman for one of Canada's most well-known punk rock bands talks about his Eddie Vedder encounter, Billy Talent's new album, and the importance of rock and roll.

Best Band LogosSong Writing

Queen, Phish and The Stones are among our picks for the best band logos. Here are their histories and a design analysis from an expert.