(It's Not War) Just the End of Love

Album: Postcards From a Young Man (2010)
Charted: 28
  • This is the lead single and opening track from Postcards From a Young Man, the tenth studio album by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. The band's Nicky Wire told the NME "I believe in the tactile nature of rock 'n' roll. There's a generation missing out on what music meant to us. You can only elaborate on the stuff that compels you to. But 'It's Not War...' is kind of saying, 'Alright, we're not 18, but even at 40 the rage is still there'."
  • The music video is set in a 1970s chess tournament and stars actor Michael Sheen, who portrays Russian chess master Garry Kasparov opposite Anna Friel. Wire explained to the NME "We've tried to recreate the classic '70s chess match between Kasparov and [Bobby] Fischer. That's the kind of vibe behind it. It's real '70s Russia – just that idea of 'it's not war, just the end of love', I think a chess game really fits that." He added: "It's a really serious intellectual game but, you know, it's not World War Three. Although the cold war chess games were kind of like wars played out on a chessboard. Me and James [Dean Bradfield] have come up with the idea for it."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Vince ClarkeSongwriter Interviews

An original member of Depeche Mode, Vince went on to form Erasure and Yaz.

AC/DCFact or Fiction

Does Angus really drink himself silly? Did their name come from a sewing machine? See if you can spot the real stories about AC/DC.

Album Cover InspirationsSong Writing

Some album art was at least "inspired" by others. A look at some very similar covers.

Keith Reid of Procol HarumSongwriter Interviews

As Procol Harum's lyricist, Keith wrote the words to "A Whiter Shade Of Pale." We delve into that song and find out how you can form a band when you don't sing or play an instrument.

Don Brewer of Grand FunkSongwriter Interviews

The drummer and one of the primary songwriters in Grand Funk talks rock stardom and Todd Rundgren.

Chris Frantz - "Genius of Love"They're Playing My Song

Chris and his wife Tina were the rhythm section for Talking Heads when they formed The Tom Tom Club. "Genius of Love" was their blockbuster, but David Byrne only mentioned it once.