This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Billy Braggs “Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs Spy” September 1, 2012Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....
Billy Braggs “Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs Spy” was the second album I ever bought way back in the mid 80s (‘Jailbreak’ by Thin Lizzy was the first). It was one of those albums that I could recite every song from start to finish. It just had Braggs voice and an electric guitar. Like many others it and later Bragg releases were part of influencing my thinking, my politics and how I viewed life and society.
It came out at the height of Thatcherism a few years after the Falklands War (“Island of No Return” on his second album “Brewing up With Billy Bragg” was about the Falklands War) and when she was in her second term as Prime Minister. It would have been during the Miners strike that I probably bought the album and it was this that inspired one of his best tunes “Between The Wars” (included below).
The album (and other Go Discs records) had “pay no more than £2.99″ written on the cover, of course over in Ireland that meant paying £3.99.
There were songs about Class like “To Have and to Have Not” , Love “The Man in the Iron Mask” and other then unusual themes throughout.
The only problem was that it was so short.
The Track Listing..
“The Milkman of Human Kindness”
“To Have and to Have Not”
“A New England”
“The Man in the Iron Mask”
“The Busy Girl Buys Beauty”
“Lovers Town Revisited”
bonus of ‘Between the Wars’