The Piccolo Snare (6:08)

Cover of Phantom Power

From Phantom Power and 1 other release

Piccolo Snare is track 5 on Phantom Power - SFA’s 6th Album.

“Piccolo Snare is a song about societies torn apart by war and the waste of human life for nothing, pawns in a worthless game. A lot of the vocabulary for that song comes from the Falklands War, the Malvinas War, whatever you want to call it: “Tumbledown” and “Skyhawks”, etcetera. It could be about any war, but that was a war I remembered from when I was a kid where people from my area were dying, as the media tried to maintain some ridiculous degree of jingoism. …Apart from using the vocabulary it’s generally a song about people’s misguided belief in flags. All flags are tarnished; they were only invented so that people wouldn’t shoot their own side in the war. It’s a song in at least three parts. It starts off folk rock in feel, and builds up to a cosmic funk coda!”

Gruff Rhys


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  • PeteJBaker

    'As brother fights brother' took on a completely new meaning for me after learning about Gruff Rhys' connections with Patagonia ...

    16 May 2011 Reply
  • PeteJBaker

    Such a sad song. Takes me back when I was a kid in '82... grainy coverage of the war on BBC news... going on holiday in Wales / Yorkshire and watching the Phantoms / Hawks train 'under radar' in the valleys underneath our feet...

    3 Mar 2008 Reply
  • ronannestor

    Brilliant. Just brilliant.

    23 Oct 2007 Reply
  • Miseda

    It's a treason that they play this on the radio.

    17 Mar 2007 Reply
  • MicuChan

    oh crap, I think I crapped myself after listening to this

    17 Mar 2007 Reply

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