Background + Status
This 78 min. audio documentary, released by
HIDDEN ART RECORDS in 2002, arose as a result of
my efforts with pioneering activist Miriam Ryle
to publicise the devastating effect that the
bombing of the 1991 Gulf War and subsequent
sanctions were having on the civilian population
Faced with intransigence, ignorance and outright
hostility from mainstream media, a planned
visual documentary was abandoned in favour of an
audio odyssey that took us from the
heartbreaking hospitals of Baghdad to the
depths of US foreign policy archives, from the stunning kindness of
a UN official to some of the best musical
talents of the UK electronica scene, all of whom
contributed to the project for nothing, and
donated their royalties to
MEDICAL AID TO IRAQI
Garnering the kind of reviews one can only dream
of, the album took over 3 years to make, half of
which was spent fighting legal battles with
music companies over rights, whilst 3000-5000
children died every month from malnutrition,
dehydration and easily preventable disease in a
political climate that was, in our our opinion,
cruel beyond measure, and
pointless and counter-productive.
Listen, and judge for yourself.
The project is completed, and features original
music by MICHAEL STEARNS, HIGHER INTELLIGENCE
AGENCY, BASS COMMUNION with NASEER SHAMMA, SOMA,
BARBED, KAIT GRAY, TOM MIDDLETON and BOLA, with exclusive
re-mixes of ORBITAL and APHEX TWIN.
Double CD edition includes
instrumentals on disc 2
Available to purchase direct from
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~ AMAZON US
large website was built to support the project,
and is still available at:
"....unbeatable for its sheer devotion to
NEW INTERNATIONALIST MAGAZINE – Best Album of
the Year 2002
"...terrifying and timely....assembled with such
originality that it creates
its own new genre of
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 5/5
"....a landmark CD....extraordinary...."
THE BIG ISSUE
"....powerful, eye-opening, blood-boiling
IAIN BANKS, author 'The Wasp Factory' and others
"....immaculately produced....needs to be
MUZIK MAGAZINE 5/5
RED PEPPER MAGAZINE
"....stunning....one of the most important
albums to address these issues...."
"....a shattering protest record...."
UNCUT MAGAZINE 4/5
"....an amazing double album which should be
issued to every citizen of voting age...."
MINISTRY OF SOUND MAGAZINE 10/10
"....more relevant, more essential now than
BIG ISSUE NORTH 10/10
"....informative, emotional, brilliantly
researched; it demands your attention...."
MARK THOMAS, comedian and activist 'The Mark
Thomas Product' - Channel 4, UK
"....this extraordinary album....nothing short
THE BIG CHILL
"....as brave as it is powerful...."
"....if such voices of dissent were allowed to
be heard, the world might not be in such a
THE WIRE MAGAZINE - Best 50 albums of the Year
"....takes your breath away....one of the
strongest and most consistent statements
come out of the current anti-war movement...."
CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
brilliant intervention in the propaganda
"....stunningly coherent and
compelling.....should be owned by anyone who
remotely doubts the motives behind the war
"....unusual and disturbing....sound in every
"....stunning....stylish, intellectual and
WINNEPEG SUN DAILY
powerful political piece...."
"....emotional, shocking and eye opening...."
Q MAGAZINE 4/5
"....presenting people with awful facts they'd
like to ignore....uniquely effective...."
TIME OUT NEW YORK