welcome to “the other side”

what’s this about ? In the early eighties, the other side,  was a band made up of musicians who were all passionate, full of anger and wanting change in society and the world as a whole … the band wrote songs about the state of the natural world (disappearing world) the state of UK politics and social desperation in Thatcher’s Britain  (free them)  … how badly disabled people are treated (not the alien) … men yes men, who are in abusive, controlling relationships (pity those who suffer) heroin addiction (say no) … the threat of nuclear war (shout out) … the futility of war and the desperate mental health issues of our service men and women (is that what wars are for) … if you like your music with meaning, melody, punch and an original sound, then your in the right place … all the music is available from the usual places and on a CD if you like the idea of something physical …

disappearing world …

In recent years there has been a significant movement towards identifying and trying to resolve the problems of single use plastic and CO2 emissions, this song written by “the other side” 30 years ago was inspired not just by plastic waste but acid rain, over fishing, whale hunting, depletion of the ozone layer, here we are 30 years later with all the same problems but focusing on plastic and climate change … This time we need the focus on these issues to never stop .. we are all responsible for this planets welfare and the life that we share this amazing planet with… we have it within our power to halt the decline….

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free them …

In 1980’s Britain there was a social upheaval which had not been seen since WW2 .. unemployment was up at 3 million , interest rates and inflation in double figures .. people could not pay their mortgages and so their homes were repossessed .. London and many towns had a “Cardboard City” where people lived .. there where riots in several cities .. bands like UB40 and U2  (names that came from the unemployment forms that had to be filled in by us) gave us music like 1 in ten

The song “free them” is about that time, a song about hope, here we are again 30 years later, this time it’s zero hours contracts, food banks, tens of thousands waiting for public housing, lost youth again …

“in recent times in this country … no-one seems to know what to do”