The track soldcopies in its first Los Faroles - Aníbal Velásquez Y Su Conjunto - Los Faroles / El Repicao and reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in August Outside the United Kingdom, the song reached number one in Iceland and the top 20 in Norway and Sweden.
The song's theme is inspired by the Spanish Civil Warand the idealism Born To End - Manic Street Preachers - Коллекция Альбомов 1992-2001 Welsh volunteers who joined the left-wing International Brigades fighting for the Spanish Republic against Francisco Franco 's military rebels. The song takes its name from a Republican propaganda poster of the time written in English and displaying a photograph of a dead young child killed by the Nationalistsunder a sky filled with bomber aircraft, with the song's titular warning written at the bottom.
Various real-life events from the Spanish Civil War provided inspiration for the lyrics. Another work George Orwell 's first-hand account, " Homage to Catalonia ". Nicky Wire has also acknowledged that he was also inspired by a song by The Clash" Spanish Bombs ", which features a similar subject. The single was released in August and it secured the number-one spot on the UK Singles Chart  despite competition from " One for Sorrow " by Stepswhich was released the same day and topped the midweek chart.
The single was also a success in Sweden where it reached number 21 and stayed in the chart for a total of 10 weeks. In Norway the Έγια-Μόλα-Για - Various - Τα Τραγούδια Των Ναυτικών Μας (42 Διαχρονικά Τραγούδια) only charted for two weeks despite reaching number In Marchit was discovered that the song was used on the website of the British National Party as the soundtrack of an article describing "the violence, hatred, fragmentation and despair" wrought on London by the "great multicultural experiment".
Record company Sony successfully had the song removed from the site on the grounds of unauthorised use. However, the award was won by Robbie Williams for Angels. The melody of the socialist anthem, The Internationale Hawklords - The Reality Tour 2013 (DVD) be heard at the start and end of the video, played on a musical box.
This was a popular song on the Republican side during the Spanish Born To End - Manic Street Preachers - Коллекция Альбомов 1992-2001 War. Wire praised the single's video, directed by W.
It features a typical nuclear family but with their eyes, mouths and ears sealed over with a flesh toned applicant.
The family seem to exist in a futuristic show room, fashioned into a highly clinical 'home' of sorts. Nicky Wire described the video as "surreal, mildly disturbing The song is in the Guinness World Records as the number one single with the longest title without brackets.
All lyrics written by Nick Jones ; except where indicated. The song was covered by David Usher on his album Hallucinations. DJ Eric Chase also recorded a Born To End - Manic Street Preachers - Коллекция Альбомов 1992-2001 of the song in December From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Contrary to popular belief, there are no live strings on the record.
The strings are instead produced by a synthesizer. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2 February Manic Street Preachers. Omnibus Press. Official Charts Company. British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Irish Singles Chart.
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