‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be NexT’
by MANIC STREET PREACHERS
IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT was the first single of fifth
album THIS IS MY TRUTH TELL ME YOURS of the wonderful MANIC STREET PREACHERS . But most of all it was their very first Number One single in the UK, after so many years of writing anthem after anthem. It was released on 24 August 1998, sold 156,000 copies in
its first week and hit the top spot on 5 September 1998 – eighteen long years ago today.
A monumental sonic story about Welsh volunteers joining left-wing International Brigades fighting for the Spanish Republic versus fascist rebel leader Franco’s troops during the cruel Spanish Civil War. (1936-1939). The title of the tremendously gripping song came from a Republican poster of that period. It showed a most painful photograph of a young child killed by the Nationalists under a sky of bombers with the warning “If you tolerate this,
your children will be next” written at the bottom. The Manics turned it into a memorable, emotional symphony of epic grandeur…