upon a time, down at the bottom of
the world, there was a sad little island...'
Briggs turns political in this vicious nursery rhyme vision of The Falklands
In it, he fearlessly attacks the crazy mechanisms of government which
two iconic figures into war over the sovereignty of an isolated, irrelevant
and killed an awful number of innocent soldiers in the process...
Twenty years on and Briggs' scathing work stills hits its intended target
The General (Galtieri) and The Iron Lady (Thatcher) are depicted in a
of hot colours - wild caricatures spitting bullets, blood and brimstone.
The very real
soldiers, meanwhile, have their fate depicted in stark steel toned panels
barely discernable in the fog of reality. The contrast is abrupt, eye-opening,
'Some men were burned alive
Some men were blown to bits
Some men were only half blown to bits
and came home with parts of their bodies missing'
In 1990 composer John Webb wrote and conducted a short orchestral piece
based on Briggs' tale. Here's his index at MUSICNOW...