Anonymous and Occupy supporters around the world are in for a special treat today, Monday 5th November, as Alan Moore, author of The Watchmen and V for Vendetta from which those infamous Guy Fawkes masks became popularised, releases his first ever single as a world exclusive through Occupation Records, the record label born out of the Occupy movement.
The song, entitled ‘The Decline of English Murder‘, tells the story of the ‘English murder’ imposed on the people by the greed of the banks and incompetence of the state, and is written and sung by Moore with music by Joe Brown. Available to download via the Occupation Records website (http://www.occupationrecords.com), with the chance of one lucky person to win an Alan Moore signed V for Vendetta mask, this is the first single to be released from Occupation Records’ upcoming second album.
A supporter of Occupy from the beginning, Alan Moore visited the Occupy London Stock Exchange camp by St Paul’s in London, where he said of the Occupy movement: “A tidal wave cannot be said to have succeeded or failed. All that it can be said to have done is changed things. Often monumental … I would say to critics – what are you doing about the current situation. If you are happy with it, what the hell is wrong with you?”
The release of Alan’s track comes on the day that almost 5,000 people are potentially set to reenact the final scene of V for Vendetta by descending on the British Parliament as part of Anonymous’ Operation Vendetta (#OpVendetta), alongside other actions around the world and online.
“While tomorrow Americans decide if a candidate who ran on “change” four years ago keeps his job, we know that change never comes from leaders but always from the people. Alan’s character “V” understood that perhaps better than most and why we are honoured to be able to release it,” said Adam Jung, Artist Relations at Occupation Records. “As Anons prepare to march on Parliament in London, and Occupy Wall Street coordinates post-Sandy relief efforts in New York, Alan’s song is an appropriate gift to the people.”
Occupation Records – set up to spread the word and benefit the Occupy movement through music – on 17th September, in collaboration with Occupy Guitarmy, released a version of ‘Which Side Are You On?’ with Jello Biafra, Tom Morello, Occupy Guitarmy & more, recorded live at Foley Square with proceeds going to the Occupy Wall St. #S17 Bail Fund. Its debut album – Folk the Banks – was released in June 2012 on a pay what you can afford basis featuring 17 tracks from artists including Billy Bragg, Tom Morello, Ani DiFranco, Get Cape. Wear Cape and more.
The collective behind Occupation Records, who are currently involved as activists with Occupy Wall St and Occupy London, came together at the Occupy London Stock Exchange camp, putting on events with Thom Yorke (Radiohead), 3D from Massive Attack, Ani Di Franco, Billy Bragg, Enter Shikari, Alabama 3 and more.
Lyrics to: The Decline of English Murder
She sorts out her hair in the washroom at Preston Services
Dries her hands under a notice that reads have you seen this child
And she nurses one tea for an hour in the cafeteria
Watching the truck drivers blind their fried eggs with the cutlery
And English Murder. Its all over her face.
Just waiting until the right time the wrong light boy
There’ll be a photograph
With a bad 1970’s fringe and a look of uncertainty
Years later you’ll know the name but not where you know it from
And they’ve emptied the terraced row with compulsory purchases
Reasoning that they’d make more from the ground with the people gone
So he shuffles the half a mile to the nearest post office
When lads push into the queue he pretends he’s not noticed them
And English murder. Its all over his face.
A low enough cold snap, a high enough gas bill
You’ll skim the epitaph
And you’ll possibly notice his name like somebodies you knew from school
There’ll be an off the peg verse where sad has been rhymed with dad
And the houses in which they’ve invested their City bonuses
Have increased the property prices and therefore the homelessness
And the scabby grey anti-climb paint and withdrawn amenities
In case socialising promotes anti-social behaviour
And English murder. Its all over the place.
The bunches of flowers in pedestrian precincts
Your average psychopath, at least kills with a hammer or brick
and not with greed and incompetence