Illegal Attacks

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"Illegal Attacks"
Single by Ian Brown
from the album The World Is Yours
Released 8 October 2007
Format CD, 7"
Recorded 2006-2007
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:04
Label Universal
Ian Brown singles chronology
"All Ablaze"
"Illegal Attacks"
"Sister Rose"

"Illegal Attacks" is a single by Ian Brown featured on the album The World Is Yours.

"Illegal Attacks" was released as the album's lead single on 8 October 2007 and was a contentious track, dealing head-on with the political issues of the day. Sinéad O'Connor is featured as a guest vocalist on the track. The opening notes of the song are plucked softly in arpeggios, which are juxtaposed with the confrontational opening line, "So what the fuck is this UK?" The song then pulses with an ominous, grinding cello, and culminates with Ian Brown pleading earnestly for the return of British soldiers to their homeland:

"Soldiers, soldiers come home Soldiers come home"

When the song was played on BBC Radio 1 during the Top 40 countdown, the song was preceded by an announcement, claiming that Brown's views did not necessarily reflect those of the BBC. Its peak position on the UK Singles Chart was number 16.

The single was described by NME as another example of Ian Brown's "godlike unforgettable plea to world leaders to 'Cop the fook on.'"

Track listing[edit]

CD single[edit]

  1. "Illegal Attacks" (Feat. Sinéad O'Connor) - 5:25
  2. "Illegal Attacks" (Sway Soldier Story Remix) - 4:30

7" vinyl[edit]

  1. "Illegal Attacks" (Feat. Sinéad O'Connor)
  2. "Keep What Ya Got" (BBC Live Lounge Session Feat. Noel Gallagher)

Gatefold 7" vinyl[edit]

  1. "Illegal Attacks" (Feat. Sinéad O'Connor)
  2. "Illegal Attacks" (Sway Soldier Story Remix)

See also[edit]