In 2016, UK rail franchise Southern Trains introduced a new method of door operation, with control of the doors moving from the conductor to the driver. The RMT and Aslef unions felt the change was unsafe and went on strike, causing major delays to commuters using Southern services. The strikes continued into 2017.
This expletive-strewn howl of frustration finds The Darkness' Justin and Dan Hawkins venting their anger at the strife-torn Southern Trains. Justin Hawkins accuses the privately owned public transport company of causing "major delays, cancellations, tedious conversations" with "heaving carriages of indignation".
Justin Hawkins said: "Dan and I had to endure the Southern Trains 'services' during the making of this album. The only difference between a normal day on Southern Trains and a day when they're all on strike, is that on strike day the ArseClownery is deliberate. They are utterly incapable of running a reliable service. Fact. The rest of the world is laughing at us. I hope this song goes some way towards facilitating change."
Originally a chart-topper for Steve Lawrence in 1962 chart-topper, "Go Away Little Girl," became the first song of the rock era to be taken to #1 by two different artists when Donny Osmond's cover version also reached the summit in 1971.
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."
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