Playing The Blame Game

Album: Hold Me Down (2009)
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Songfacts®:

  • You Me At Six are a British Rock band consisting of vocalist Josh Franceschi, guitarists Max Helyer and Chris Miller, bassist Matt Barnes and drummer Dan Flint. This track is from their second album, Hold Me Down.
  • The phrase "playing the blame game" refers to the strategy of apportioning blame to others when things go wrong, rather than trying to put them right. It was first recorded in 1958 in the writings of the British critic Kenneth Tynan.
  • The album title comes from a line on this song: "You hold me down by keeping me around." Franceschi explained why they named the record "Hold Me Down" to Kerrang! January 2, 2009: "As individuals the title seems to sum up everything between Take Off Your Colours and making the new album. I felt like there'd been a lot of stuff that'd come our way, which we'd never made public: internal issues, problems with our band and making it work, be it things like lawyers, labels - stuff we'd kept private. I felt like a lot of restrictions had come our way. I liked the idea, although Hold Me Down sounds like a negative title, it's actually saying, You can't hold me down because I can still do this!"

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