The A to Z of Great British Rock: M is for Million Dead

Posted on March 29, 2013


M is for Million Dead

Aw, Million Dead. Simply put, one of the best bands this island has ever produced. Frank Turner has gone onto mega success since the end with his journeyman folk, but he’ll be hard pushed to ever top the 2 albums Million Dead produced. The first, ‘A Song to Ruin’ was adored by all it seemed, even if some had some complaints about the production. Complaints I disagree with, it fits beautifully. ‘Pornography for Cowards’ is one of the best opening statements an album can have, and its just hit hit hit from there on. Songs like ‘Smiling at Strangers on Trains’ and ‘Charlie and the Propaganda Myth Machine’ are real era defining songs, and the sheer frustration would seep through every space on the album. A guitarist change later and we have ‘Harmony No Harmony’, which was everything the first album was just with added tunes. Its a really hard album to fault, with some of the best pure songs you’re ever likely to hear. ‘Holloway Prison Blues’, ‘After the Rush Hour’, ‘Father My Father’, it is a mixtape dream/nightmare. Topping it all off is ‘Margot Kidder’, a song which legitimately sits in my top 10 songs of all time. And all this without mentioning the lyrics! Everything I ever wanted poetry to be. A much missed band.

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