Billy Bragg - Life's A Riot With Spy Vs Spy
Listening to Billy Bragg’s debut album “Life’s A Riot With Spy vs Spy” reminds you that punk is as much an idea(l) as it is a style of music. There was the righteous anger of punk, felt in the music and heard in the lyrics, but it sounded different. Bragg mixed punk with folksy tunefulness writing songs that were stripped down to its very core yet melodic and carefully constructed. And he gave his anger at the world a personal note, expressing doubt, love and empathy instead of just sheer rage, adding an emotional depth barely seen before in the punk world. He took the inclusive punk ethos to the next level. Not only can anybody who feels it do it, you can also do it all by yourself - just a voice, a guitar and a whole lot of heart.