Don’t Try This at Home – Billy Bragg

Or if you are asking for this in Newcastle -‘Diven’t Try This at Yhem’.
Actually this phrase is usually used as a warning about leaving a chip pan on and falling asleep after eight pints.
Some classic Braggmeister (copyright NME, cica 1988) moments here from, Accident Waiting to Happen to the haunting Moving the Goalposts. The Braggster (copyright NME, circa 1991) also finds his pop song chops with the wonderful You Woke Up my Neighbourhood and Sexuality. The album’s best track, for me, is Everywhere (written by the equally magnificent Sid Griffin), an exploration of the dialectic of nationhood, race, war and nationalism, although to be honest I think Boy George said it better when he said ‘War war is stupid, and people are stupid’.
I think this is the Braggski’s (copyright NME, circa 1993) strongest set of songs, even the fillers are classics (I don’t do fillers son) like Rumours of War and Wish You Were Her.
Best lyrical fragment; I look like Robert De Niro, I drive a Mitsubishi Zero
Hidden gem; Tank Park Salute

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