Monsters In Disguise

Album: Breaking Glass (1980)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This is another anarchic number written by O'Connor for the film Breaking Glass. The monsters in this song are the faceless bureaucrats of Whitehall, where the administration of the British Government is carried out. The archetypal British civil servant wears a bowler hat and carries an umbrella, a somewhat outmoded stereotype in the 21st Century, but the secret machinations of bureaucracy frequently seem like a vast conspiracy to ordinary people who have the misfortune to clash with it. The song makes the point that the secrecy and rules are constructed first and foremost for the protection of the often anonymous and always unaccountable apparatchiks who at times have the power of life and death over us all. It will strike a chord with anarchists and angry citizens everywhere because this is something which is not unique to Britain; in many supposedly democratic countries, unelected bureaucrats are even less accountable. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Carol Kaye

Carol KayeSongwriter Interviews

A top session musician, Carol played on hundreds of hits by The Beach Boys, The Monkees, Frank Sinatra and many others.

Evolution Of The Prince Symbol

Evolution Of The Prince SymbolSong Writing

The evolution of the symbol that was Prince's name from 1993-2000.

Which Songs are About Drugs?

Which Songs are About Drugs?Fact or Fiction

"25 or 6 to 4" to "Semi-Charmed Life" - see if you can spot the songs that are really about drugs.

Ramones

RamonesFact or Fiction

A band so baffling, even their names were contrived. Check your score in the Ramones version of Fact or Fiction.

Zac Hanson

Zac HansonSongwriter Interviews

Zac tells the story of Hanson's massive hit "MMMbop," and talks about how brotherly bonds effect their music.

80s Video Director Jay Dubin

80s Video Director Jay DubinSong Writing

Billy Joel and Hall & Oates hated making videos, so they chose a director with similar contempt for the medium. That was Jay Dubin, and he has a lot to say on the subject.