Words Used in MSP Songs
Taken from MSP FAQ maintained by firstname.lastname@example.org (Garrett Coakley)
ARBEIT MACHT FREI - "work brings freedom". Ironic motto of the death
camps, where many occupants were literally worked to death.
BE PURE, BE VIGILANT, BEHAVE - a reference to the UK comic "2000AD".
This was the slogan of a character called 'Torquemada', an evil fascist dictator
who's big idea is the extermination of any life forms that aren't "Pure"
human. I think Richey or Nicky made a comment about "2000 AD is the best
literature being published today", or something, in the early days?
BRADY BILL - American legislation, requiring a waiting time before
the purchase of firearms. Named after James Brady, Reagan's Press Secretary,
who was brain damaged in the assassination attempt on Reagan. Although
a Republican, he appeared at the Democratic Convention, supporting Clinton's
moves on Gun Control.
CUBA - Immigration problems 'started' when Castro allowed Cubans to
leave for the US. Many Cubans died en route; they sailed on flimsy rafts
and disease was also rampant. This problem was resolved in Sept 94 when
the US promised to grant 20,000 entry visas a year to Cubans, and Castro
agreed to prevent emigration.
EST - electro-shock treatment. Psychiatric treatment - read Victor
Bockris's Lou Reed biography for an account of its effects. Alternatively
this could refer to Erhard Seminars Training - a cult which definitely
would have a PR problem. It was started by Werner Erhard in the 1970s.
It's based on re-shaping your outlook and improving your head through self-awareness
techniques and following Erhard's dictums and practices. Of course he has
ruined people's lives and is a blatant sham. He started the Hunger Project
(Feed the World by changing the way you think) which drew support from
various celebrities but never amounted to anything.
EXXON - Oil company. Their tanker the 'Valdez' ran aground off the
coast of Alaska in 1989 causing the worst oil spill in U.S. ever.
FILA - line up, form a queue, get out of here.
HARTHEIM CASTLE - A euthanasia facility near Linz (now in Austria).
It was known as the "Dachau sanatorium" and feared by Dachau inmates. If
someone fell ill and was sent to Hartheim to recover, they never returned.
An excess of 1200 died there between 1941 and 1942.
KAFFIR LOVER - Derogatory term used by white Afrikaans about some-one
who sympathised with the struggle against apartheid.
KULTURKAMPF - "culture struggle". Bismarck's campaign to repress German
Catholics, and force them to take on a more 'German' Protestantism. This
can be seen as a forerunner of Hitler's policies.
LAGERSTRASSE - "camp street". This accuses 'ordinary' Germans of complicity
in the Holocaust, since the camps were open knowledge, often close to towns
LA TRISTESSE DURERA - 'the sadness continues' - a quote from Vincent
Van Gogh's suicide note
LEBENSRAUM - "living space". A central part of Hitler's world view,
the need for Germany to conquer land in the East, in order for the German
race, and German culture to develop.
MASS OF DEAD INSECTS - A Buddhist ceremony, also mentioned in Masuji
Ibuse's Hiroshima novel "Black Rain" where he states... "The Mass for Dead
Insects was a rite performed on the day after the [harvest] festival, when
farmers would make rice dumplings as an offering to the souls of the deceased
insects they had inadvertently trodden on as they worked in the fields."
MEXICO - Illegal immigration from this country to the US is an ongoing
problem, and US' efforts to stem illegal immigration have been controversial.
Also, Mexico's increasing activity with Cuba, such as Mexico's investment
in Cuba's refinery, and the purchase of part of Cuba's telephone company,
has further strained relations with the U.S.
MEIN KAMPF - "My Struggle". Written by Hitler during a spell in prison
after the First World War.
NATWEST, BARCLAYS, MIDLANDS, LLOYDS - All high street banks in the
UK. The precise order is due to their placement in Blackwood high street,
the Manics home town. The lines "...Barclays iron eagle..." and "...black
horse apocalypse..." refer to the logos of Barclays and Lloyds respectively.
RAUS - "out". As in 'Foreigners Out', or 'Get Out'
TOWER COLLIERY - a coal mine closed because it was believed to be uneconomic.
However, after the work force bought it out, new sources of coal were found,
and the mine became profitable, and the workers well-off.;