Kate Bush's "Army Dreamers" was blacklisted on the BBC. Here is Norwegian singer/songwriter Moddi's reinterpretation of the 1980 classic.
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ABOUT THE SONG: SOME CALLED IT THE “VIDEO GAME WAR”. The Gulf War of 1991 saw 34 nations join forces to liberate Kuwait from Saddam Hussein. Western viewers could follow the warfare live on TV, with daily videos brought to their living rooms from cameras aboard US bombers.
At the same time, criticism against the war was muffled. 67 songs that were removed from the BBC because they were considered “inappropriate for airplay” during the combats in the Gulf. One of these songs was Kate Bush’s Army Dreamers, a story about a grieving mother who laments the loss of her fallen son.
“What should he do? Could have been a rock star, but he didn’t have the money for a guitar. Could have been a politician, but he never had a proper education. Could have been a father, but he never even made it to his twenties.”
The individual human suffering of Western warfare is often downplayed. Rather, we are fed with a public narrative about the necessity and urgency of our military involvement. Songs like "Army Dreamers" that highlight the consequences of war, are seldom played on the radio or given public attention.
More than a hundred thousand people lost their lives as a consequence of the Gulf War. "Army Dreamers" was blacklisted for talking about one.
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Director: Maren Skolem
Producer: Marte Hansen
Cinematographer: Annicken Aasheim
Production manager: Pål Moddi Knutsen
Production designer: Catrine Gormsen
Editor: Matilde Fridlund
1st AD: Marte Hansen
2nd AD: Line Herud
Focus puller: Magga Vala
1nd AC: Sondre Hemstad
Gaffer: Anton Østerlund
Best boy: Alexander Ophaug
SFX Make-up: Ingvild Håheim
Colorist: Lasse Sevli / Uhørt
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Dad: Roy-Allan Larsen
Children: Vetle Bråthen Heidi Kaafjeld Berge Grundstad Linn Sollien Vestad.
Teenagers: Mats Røysom Henriette Rinde Marius Jonassen Hege Etnestad
Mixed by: Mike Hartung at Propeller Music Division
Mastered by: Morgan Nicolaysen at Propeller Mastering
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Disclaimer: In Moddi's original interpretation of "Army Dreamers", the line "I've a bunch of purple flowers to decorate a mommy's hero" had been replaced with "daddy's" to reflect the position of the singer, but had to be changed back again in this version due to copyright issues.