Safe From Harm
Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on February 2, 2011
The black flats with the burnt out windows was my grandmothers block. She moved off there around about the time this was made and moved to an identical one with security and CCTV.
I put on one of their songs called “Safe From Harm”, and the video I saw brought back memories of living on my old Council estate in the early ’90s. The High-rise flats my Grandmother lived in were just the same as the ones in the video! The tiles on the wall, the lift (elevator) as Shan Nelson walks in the hall way, and the stair case were the same! Only difference was the stair case on my Gran’s block didn’t have any windows on the inside stair-case. The external look of the block of flats is nearly the same as a block of flats that used to stand not far from my house, but the same external look as my Gran’s. The dead Pigeon at the start was also true, we always had a surplus of dead Pigeons for some reason.
The way Massive Attack caught the feeling of the time and put it in to Music and on video was great! Most blocks of flats in the late ’70s through to the early ’90′s were just like the video Massive Attack made. The sound of the wind blowing through the door as you walked in to the lift area was the same! The broken down lifts and some idiot blocking the way in was right, though that didn’t happen to much on my Gran’s block. They filmed it in black and white for a reason, it’s because things really did seem black and white in inner city areas of the UK at that time, when I think back to the ’80s and early ’90s most of my memories do indeed seem dull and grey! That could have a lot to do with the fact the weather in the North West of England is mostly dull and depressing.
But still, Massive Attack have a great knack for capturing emotion in sound and music that they still haven’t lost, even though they lost two of their members and reinvented their sound from scratch!
Here’s the Massive Attack video: