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Napalm Death’s Barney Greenway Plays ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’

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We’ve filmed over 100 editions of ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’ and our very first go at it was as part of a longer inerview we did with Napalm Death frontman Barney Greenway all the way back in late 2012. It wasn’t quit the monster you’ve all come to know it as today, so we decided that when we got the opportunity to sit down with the singer again that we’d give it the full treatment!

Holed away in a small second floor office, we crammed ourselves into the little nook and got to the bottom of all things Napalm Death. The band has an elaborate history and it got even more lavish as Greenway expanded on some of the band’s most storied moments.

Among the topics that were brought up were the band’s cover of the Dead Kennedys‘ “Nazi Punks F–k Off,” which came about after the band toured South Africa in 1993. Greenway revealed this is rooted in truth and delivered the detailed backing story behind the tour and the dangers surrounding Napalm on that tour.

Greenway also discussed the time when Napalm Death and Extreme Noise Terror essentially traded vocalist, with Greenway joining ENT and Phil Vane linking up with Napalm. Of course, they each returned to their respective bands, but Barney expounded on the issues with Vane trying to record with Napalm.

One of the best moments was the canceled one-off gig at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2013 where the museum was worried the noise levels would damage parts of the museum. Greenway laughed at this one, stating the band planned on bringing in some special equipment to make some extra racket. “I understand it, if you’ve got a million pound Ming vase hanging from the ceiling, are you really going to stake that on a band that’s making a lot of really horrible noise?”

Watch the video above to dive deep into some Napalm Death history as Barney Greenway plays ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’

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