9. Illegal Attacks
When it comes to powerful songs that make any kind of statement the post millennium world of pop has been a bit light but the 2007 “Illegal Attacks” single from the The World Is Yours album was Ian making a political stand against the never ending war that rages on all around us.

Lyrically it was a return to the abrasive punk roots of the singer couched in his own style of music. Unlike the rest of the class of indie who would do anything for a hit Ian was in no mood for compromise with the songs opening lines including “What the fuck is this UK?” over a dark and melancholic cello. It’s a fantastic work, a real lament as he sings for his working class brothers, ”Soldiers, soldiers come home, Soldiers come home”

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.

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