Huey Long was one of the most extraordinary figures in American political history, a great natural politician who had become, at the time of his assassination, a serious rival to Franklin D. Roosevelt for the presidency.
Partially growing out of their success in the country they were named after, as well as growing friendship and affiliation with such bands as Yellow Magic Orchestra, Japan, on Tin Drum, made its most unique, challenging, and striking album. It was also the final full studio effort from the group, and what a way to bow out – there was practically no resemblance to the trash glam flailers on Adolescent Sex anymore. Rather than repeat the sheer restraint on Gentlemen Take Polaroids, Tin Drum is an album of energy, Sylvian's singing still the decadently joyful thing it is, but the arrangements and performances tight, full, and active.
The Vietnam War was the Huey war–a brutal war, where the lethal Huey gunship wrought havoc on the Viet Cong. The Huey revolutionized U.S. Army tactics and changed the way modern wars were fought. Veterans describe their feelings on flying the Huey into battle and how they could rely on the helicopter to pull them through even the worst firefights. It was a vital lifeline, providing food, ammunition, and fire support, and its role in medical evacuation was the difference between life and death for thousands of men.