All fair enough then, right? A big fuss over nothing, maybe. A misunderstanding blown out of proportion. Barney wasn’t convined, mind. So he probed further.
“I said, ‘Why have you got song titles like Kill All The Bloody Foreigners then?’ Their reply to me was, ‘Do you like Turkish people as well then?’ I just walked away in disgust.”
Which might have been the end of things had everyone just left it at that and decided to keep their distances. Alas, that was not to be…
“Their guitarist asked to do an interview with Napalm Death,” Barney continued. “I told him I didn’t do interviews with Nazis. He pushed me, I pushed him, and Shane [Embury, Napalm bassist] jumped in and gave him five in the head! It all went off from there and turned into a massive brawl.”
“To be honest,” Barney added, “I wish I’d killed him.”
All things considered, Corrosive Metal probably should have paid closer attention, really. Napalm Death – being of sound mind, judgement and just y’know, not being arseholes – had already made the world very aware of their stance on nationalist socialism. In fact, the band had released their Nazi Punks Fuck Off EP in June 1993 (featuring, of course, a cover of the Dead Kennedys classic).
Sadly, in recent times, thanks to the insidious rise of fascism, the Brummy veterans have had cause to remind the world at large when in 2017 they teamed up with Indiemerch to produce a Nazi Punks Fuck Off T-shirt run, with $10 from each sale donated to the Southern Poverty Law Centre and/or American Civil Liberties Union. If that sounds like something you'd like to support you can still pick one up here.
In case you were in any doubt, and for those sleeping at the back: Napalm Death = good dudes. Nazis = very much not.