Hope for the future was implicit: the Poll Tax revolt, Thatcher's ousting and these songs of the day...
... Yet the future meant more Murdoch; Gazza embodying the ruination of masculinity. There might have been sensitivity, togetherness, yearning techno and Saint Etienne at the top of the charts; there was instead Sky TV and laddish 'Britpop' luddites. Tony Blair, not John Smith. 'We ain't no hooligans' proclaimed proudly, only for the English mad-dog to rear its head again with the disgraceful scenes in Sverige 1992. A window of opportunity for civilisation, quickly slammed shut as things soured.
Is there still a part of you that wants to live
Is there still a part of you that wants to give
Love's got the world in motion
And I can't believe it's true
The uncertainty in Sumner's voice was all too justified.