Cannons

Album: Education, Education, Education & War (2014)
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  • This climatic song finishes with a bitter two-minute apocalyptic poem, which is read by actor Bill Nighy. The verse references the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan over a soundtrack of battlefield noises and brouhaha from the Houses of Parliament. Speaking to The Independent, Kaisers frontman Ricky Wilson said: "When I was writing the lyrics for the record, the whole World War One centenary thing was flying around. So if you're writing honestly, it's going to leak in there."

    "I wrote the poem as an exercise originally," he continued. "The original story was an imaginary assault by a superpower – not necessarily the USA, trying to take over Hell."

    "They are invading Hell, wiping out Hell. Then going "now what do we do, where do we go next?"'
  • British actor Bill Nighy is best known in the music world for his song "Christmas is All Around" in the British romantic comedy movie Love Actually, which was a clear parody of Wet Wet Wet's "Love Is All Around."
  • The album title is referenced in this song. The first part is a reference to Tony Blair's election pledge that "education, education, education" was the cornerstone of Britain's future. The "& War" passes judgment on the rest of his legacy in the light of the military activities in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    It was Bill Nighy who came up with the album title. Ricky Wilson told Q magazine: "I was thinking of calling it Education & War, but Bill loved the full title. Everyone in Britain knows what it refers to."
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