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There are several Billy Bragg songs that could easily have featured as a song-from-each-year-of-my-life: A New England, Saturday Boy, A Lover Sings and Accident Waiting to Happen to name but four.

But it’s the last great single from the Bard of Barking that is 1988’s choice. A series of smart non-sequiturs set to one of his best tunes, it’s a record I can quite happily listen to over and over again in the vain hope that, yes, the revolution is only a T-shirt away.

Billy Bragg :: Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards

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Bragg’s songwriting prowess has declined in recent years, but a couple of years ago he did release a limited edition seven-inch single that captured something of his early years.

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