Billy Bragg - Wembley gig

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Billy Bragg - Wembley gig

Post by capdown45 » Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:58 pm

Many of Frank's fans, me included, are naturally huge admirers of Billy's music. Inevitably, there will be some at the Wembley gig, possibly the younger crowds, who are fairly new to Billy. For these reasons I thought we should have a thread dedicated to him. It would be a great way to help those new to him to familiarise themselves with his music before the show.

What songs do you think he is likely to play?
What albums/songs do you recommend to those new to him?
What songs would you love to see Frank and Billy play together?

etc etc.

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Re: Billy Bragg - Wembley gig

Post by Porkins » Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:04 pm

Being someone who is relatively new to Billy, what songs/albums should I listen to before the gig? I own life's a Riot with Spy Vs Spy, but that's it.

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Re: Billy Bragg - Wembley gig

Post by capdown45 » Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:16 pm

Porkins wrote:Being someone who is relatively new to Billy, what songs/albums should I listen to before the gig? I own life's a Riot with Spy Vs Spy, but that's it.
Some of his most well-known songs are from that album so you can't go far wrong with that! 'The Milkman of Human Kindness' is probably my favourite Billy song ever, hopefully he'll play it at Wembley!

'Talking with the Taxman about Poetry' contains back-to-back hits. Definitely give that a listen, as he's guaranteed to play a fair few songs from that album. I'm sure most Billy fans would agree with me. Although, I've only been listening to Billy for a few years and I've never seen him live so I'd love to hear what other people on here think.

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Re: Billy Bragg - Wembley gig

Post by Dougie » Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:26 pm

Porkins wrote:Being someone who is relatively new to Billy, what songs/albums should I listen to before the gig? I own life's a Riot with Spy Vs Spy, but that's it.
Just get Must I Paint You A Picture it's a compilation with pretty much all the singalongs on.

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Re: Billy Bragg - Wembley gig

Post by ness w » Mon Apr 02, 2012 6:17 pm

He was playing yet another updated version of Great Leap Forwards in November so I guess that's likely. He used to finish his shows with Rudi, but is more variable these days. I hope he plays 'Milkman of Human Kindness' too, it's a very special song to me. I also love Between the Wars which he sometimes plays. Sadly, an awful lot of his eighties songs are suddenly fresh and ripe for the present day - that's a Tory government for you. (Hope he does Thatcher Fucked the Kids with Frank.)

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Re: Billy Bragg - Wembley gig

Post by capdown45 » Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:12 pm

Alas, Frank doesn't play 'Thatcher Fucked The Kids' any more. He says on his site "I got bored of the song, and more specifically, I got bored of the tedious political associations that came with it. I won’t be playing it again. Sorry. Feel free to reclaim it yourself". Whilst I like the song, I can't really argue with his reasoning to be fair.

I'd love to see Frank play an old song with Billy though, something like 'The Real Damage' or 'Once We Were Anarchists'. He has covered some of Billy's songs in the past. He played 'There is Power in a Union' with Chuck Ragan at Reading last year, and 'A New England' with Brian Fallon whilst on tour with Gaslight Anthem a few years ago. I can see either of these being repeated with Billy at Wembley.

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Re: Billy Bragg - Wembley gig

Post by frank » Tue Apr 03, 2012 11:01 am

I agree with whoever said "Must I Paint You A Picture" - if you're wanting to brush up on Billy's stuff it's a pretty surefire collection of the hits. Not sure what he's playing in his set, we have some plans...
Shows? All of em.

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Re: Billy Bragg - Wembley gig

Post by Watergirl » Tue Apr 03, 2012 3:18 pm

Both Frank and Billy have covered 'Don't think twice, it's alright'.
I would love to hear them sing that together...
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Re: Billy Bragg - Wembley gig

Post by newmy » Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:48 am

The only Billy album I've really listened to a lot is "Don't Try This At Home". A bloody great record it is too. I really should listen to more of his stuff.

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Re: Billy Bragg - Wembley gig

Post by DaveHughes » Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:11 am

He's bound to play his biggest hit Unisex Chipshop, and possibly A New England.

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Re: Billy Bragg - Wembley gig

Post by smige2 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:15 pm

Frank and Chuck played The World Turned Upside Down at Reading, which I've just discovered isn't actually a Billy original.
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Re: Billy Bragg - Wembley gig

Post by KillerShrimp » Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:05 pm

You can buy Billy Bragg's CDs from
http://www.billybragg.co.uk/store/music.html
I assume a fairer share of royalties goes straight to Billy, compared to Amazon, iTunes and such like.
Or does it?!
Tell me it does - I just bought "Must I Paint You A Picture?" from there and feel really pleased with myself!! :D

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Re: Billy Bragg - Wembley gig

Post by smige2 » Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:25 pm

^ I would imagine it does, yeah.

As well as listening to the best-of, anyone new to Billy should listen to a few of the newer songs he's put out recently, such as Never Buy the Sun and The Battle of Barking.
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Re: Billy Bragg - Wembley gig

Post by Emitime » Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:49 pm

Good thinking, considering the football the next day it could be entirely possible he'll play Never Buy the Sun.

Which is free to download here http://www.billybragg.co.uk/sun.php
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Re: Billy Bragg - Wembley gig

Post by KillerShrimp » Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:52 pm

Thanks guys - got his latest "Fight Songs" as well!

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