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Eyewear THE BLOG is among the most read British poetry blogzines, getting more than 20,000 page-views a month. It began in 2005. The views expressed by Canadian-British editor Todd Swift are not necessarily shared by the contributing poets and reviewers, and vice versa. Eyewear blog is archived by The British Library. Any material on this blog infringing copyright will be removed upon request.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Eyewear's Top Songs of 2012: #28 'Ill Manors' by Plan B

Hard to remember before the Olympic summer of joy, but this was the early sound of summer 2012 - angry, shockingly ugly, bluntly political, and urgent - Plan B's finest moment.  Plan B's movie felt over-determined to me, but the song's lyrics remain about as relevant as any British song of the century so far.  This is one we'll be returning to in a decade, in a century, to recall what these austere mean days were like. "We're just bloody broke in Britain" indeed.

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