The Next Jet to Leave Moscow

Album: Futurology (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • This ode to "an old jaded Commie" who's "the biggest living hypocrite you'll ever see" is in fact a self-referential jab at The Manics' own leftist history and legacy. It includes the lyrics:

    So you played in Cuba did you like it brother?
    I bet you felt proud you silly little fu--er.


    In 2001 the Manics became the first popular Western rock band to play in Cuba. Their concert and trip to the island was documented and then released as a DVD entitled Louder Than War.
  • The song features keyboards by Cian Ciarán, a Welsh musician best known as the keyboard player in the band Super Furry Animals. He also contributed to Futurology's title track.

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