From Jimdoes (a correspondent of old)
The first song that popped into my head when you asked for protest songs was ‘It Says Here’ by Billy Bragg… from the Between The Wars ep – which i guess is in keeping with The Vinyl Villain’s ethos for me as I bought this on vinyl when it came out… I remember listening to it on headphones over and over in my parents living room and it making me question their newspaper choices and what is indeed perceived as news… Even the record itself was a political act… maybe a protest against record companies charging high prices for their ‘product’… the sleeve had printed on it ‘pay no more than One pound and Twenty Five pence’… in fact i could have picked any track off this ep… all equally good and all protest songs in their own way… A wonderful song that sadly still rings true nearly 30 years after it came out… and when he played between the wars on top of the pops he went against the grain and played live – unheard of in 1985 and if i remember rightly the first person to ever perform live on TOTP– again an act of protest against the prevailing plastic pop that you got on TOTP at the time… he was young then too…!
(JImdoes kindly supplied a youtube link to said performance but as I said on a previous post the links between Google and You Tube mean I won’t be putting up any clips on T(n)Vv.
Anyway, i ramble… I’m sure you’ve got this in your collection…
and i’m really glad that you’ve continued the blog… it must have been beyond heartbreaking when it was pulled…
anyway, have a nice day…!
mp3 : Billy Bragg – It Says Here (alternative version)
mp3 : Billy Bragg – It says Here (original version)
It was the alternative (and shorter) version which appeared on Between The Wars EP. The original is the opening track on Brewing Up With Billy Bragg