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"Tally ho" rock relics under fire
Posted 16 May 2006
A benefit gig is being staged at Highclere Castle on 20 May by The Countryside Alliance. Among the old rockers showing their faces (as well as their ages) are Eric Clapton, Bryan Ferry, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Mike Rutherford...
Because some people just don't know when to stop - whether it's squeezing into tight trousers, or decimating wildlife - national campaign group Animal Aid have hit back. In a viral video released today, Charlie and the Spent Cartridges' 'Hunt Generation' - a spoof on The Who's My Generation - mocks the Countryside Alliance's forthcoming 'Highclere Rocks' event.
Animal Aid campaigner, Fiona Pereira, comments, "Ferry, Clapton and Waters still like to think they are the bad boys of rock n' roll. But there's nothing rebellious about joining the Old Boys' club to go hunting and shooting. Just as they are rock relics from another age, so killing animals for pleasure belongs to the Dark Ages - a fact that most people can appreciate. The only punters willing to lash out 75 quid to watch a load of misguided old fools shuffling around on stage, are, well, misguided fools."
The lyrics to Charlie and The Spent Cartridges' song are reproduced below. No animals were harmed in the making of this film.
The Hunt Generation
People ought to put us down
Before we join that countryside crowd
We don't have to sing for the hungry or poor
We're the hunting, shooting rock dinosaurs
The hunt generation
Hunt generation, baby
You thought we'd all fade away
But we're killing them foxes day by day
We're rich, we're cruel
We're the radical cause
For the hunting, shooting rock dinosaurs
We used to sing songs about the Vietnam war
Then we sent our kids to public school
Our slogan was 'leave them kids alone'
Now it's save our shooting at the stately home
Eric played the concert for Bangladesh
Now the benefit gig's for animal death
And Roger said, hey break down that wall
Now he wants to kill creatures great and small
Notes to Editors
- For more information, contact Fiona Pereira on 01732 364 546.
- For full background to the shooting industry, see the Pheasant Shooting index.
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