The video is Dylan-esque but the song is pure punk rock. On “Danny Nedelko,” Idles shred guitar riffs over lyrics that address the current anti-immigration movement. It is a true song for the people.
The actual Danny Nedelko is a Ukrainian immigrant and friend of the band who stars in the video. As vocalist Joe Talbot sings “he’s made of you, he’s made of me,” we see Danny meet strangers in the street while flashing the peace sign or repurposing the “OK” symbol now used by white supremacists.
“Danny Nedelko” is downright catchy while maintaining Idles’ politically charged roots. The chanting chorus is unapologetically British and reminiscent of Buzzcocks. If there is a Bristol City football player whose name rhymes with “Dany Nedelko” he should expect to have this sung at him this season.
Idles' new album, Joy as an Act of Resistance, is out August 31, 2018 on Partisan.