They Joined Together And Decided Not To Fight

More music from Merseyside. The Farm were Liverpool’s own indie-dance band, on the go since the mid-80s, into football, trainers, cagoules and responsible for a pisstaking fanzine called The End. The single Stepping Stone and apperance in A Short Film About Chilling put them into the music papers and the clubs and in 1990 Groovy Train sent them into the charts. A head of steam built up towards the release of the album Spartacus in 1991- one of the most disappointing albums I’ve ever heard. Luckily they found something from somewhere to write All Together Now. The lyrics were based on the Christmas truce of 1914, written by singer Peter Hooton years earlier. Hooton wrote a song that could have been corny but he’d managed to sidestep it to write something that was poignant and inspiring- a call for peace and unity, brotherhood and not following orders. The video’s touching as well, filmed in the local pub with older regulars mouthing the words.

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One Response

  1. Still a great tune and perhaps the only true moment of depth in an otherwise hedonistic and shallow scene. Wonderful vid too.

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