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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

William Bloke

A few days ago Walter posted Northern Industrial Town a song from Billy Bragg's 1996 album William Bloke.
This inspired me to get it down from the shelves and to give it a spin and what a terrific record it is too.
An album which in my opinion is seriously underrated and which is perhaps the Bard of Barking's last truly great recording. Others, of course, may choose to differ.
Walter was also of the view that he may well be one of the last true musical poets and I would argue that he is not wrong there.
What lyrics
"I used to want to plant bombs at the Last Night of the Proms"
"He was trapped in a haircut he no longer believed in"
"He's got the bonhomie of a game show host"
"Should I vote red for my class or green for our children"
I could go on and on.
Alternatively you too could dust down your copy and give it a listen

Billy Bragg - The Space Race is Over

Billy Bragg - King James Version


  1. I have never rated this album, to be honest I haven't listened to it all that much. Time to pull it out and stick it on the turntable fo a reappraisal, I think.

  2. Good post. I don't have this album but will check it out

  3. I'm going to pull mine out and give it a play.................

  4. I have just re-listened for the first time in years and am so glad I did. Great album and, would have to agree with Walter that he is one of the last true musical poets.