From NME, 16 January, 1982
Rhoda Dakar’s single is one of the most harrowing pop records. It got little daytime radio airplay but still reached number 35 in the charts. The record was played during the day once on Capital Radio and was then promptly banned from daytime playlists. Local stations could play it however.
Rape is discussed much more these days and the record did much to make people aware of the reality. Jerry Dammers, the songs producer said, “it is the only record that was ever made quite deliberately to be listened to once and once only”.
Attila’s poem ‘Contributory Negligence’ is based on the Judge’s crass remarks relating to the John Allen case.