Back in time
17 September 2021
Artist: BILLY BRAGG
Who: English singer-songwriter legend and outspoken, left-wing activist
Active since 1977 / 10 studio albums so far including his new upcoming
one The Million Things That Never Happened, out on October 8th
Anniversary album: DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME – sixth LP
Released: 17 September 2021 – 30 years ago today
AllMusic said: “After dipping his toes in the notion of using backing musicians on
‘Talking With the Taxman About Poetry’, Billy Bragg finally dove in headfirst with ‘Worker’s Playtime’, but ‘Don’t Try This at Home’ was where Bragg first began to sound completely comfortable with the notion of a full band. With Johnny Marr, Peter Buck, Michael Stipe,
and Kirsty MacColl on hand to give the sessions a taste of star power, ‘Don’t Try This at Home’ sounds full but uncluttered; the arrangements flesh out Bragg’s melodies, giving them greater strength in the process, and Billy’s craggy vocals wrap around the melodies with significantly more flexibility than on previous recordings.” Full review here. Score: 4.5/5.
Turn Up The Volume: A legendary voice on and off record. A rare, human being
caring singer-songwriter icon who, fortunately, still is going strong with vital force.
Single/video: Sexuality (an anti-homophobia song, co-written with Johnny Marr,
who also plays guitar on the track / the video clip features the late Kirsty MacColl)…