7 A Song That Reminds Me Of A Certain EventThe Call - 'Walls come down'
Sigh. The 1980s. The Thatcher/Reagan Years. Industrial conflict, shoulder-padding, warmongering, the defeat of the working classes, Princess Di and the rise of Free Market Capitalism. All bad. By 1989 I was sick of the 80s,
The fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 symbolised so much, seemed like the beginning of the end of the 2nd World War, somehow. For days before we’d watched East Germans edging out from barbed wire posts or darkened doorways, taking tentative steps out into no man’s land to see if they’d get shot... then legging it. Crowds built up, sensing something had happened. Rumours spread; maybe perestroika had finally come to meet the West. The world warmed up, a little.
I’d bought this record at the start of the 80s, when it sounded fresh and rebellious as I was young and naive. I hadn’t heard it in a while, but it was on the radio in an office I visited recently, and it made me think of the good, hopeful feelings I had when I watched them dismantling that stupid wall.
It sounds a bit lame now though!