Walking and Talking
(writer: "She's Got a New Spell", "Fourteenth of February", "Must I Paint You a Picture", "You Woke Up My Neighborhood" / performer: "She's Got a New Spell", "Fourteenth of February", "Must I Paint You a Picture", "You Woke Up My Neighborhood")
Talking with the Taxman about Poetry (Album on Go! Discs)
Did You Know?
One of the great things about the 1980s was that there was a return to lyrics. Bands like the Smiths were writing more literate pop. Sometimes too much emphasis is put on hook and melody. Some bands' songs are totally vacuous.
Bragg publicly opposed Paul Simon
's decision to record his album Graceland in Apartheid South Africa in the 1980s. When Simon played the first of six nights at London's Royal Albert Hall on April 7 1987, Bragg joined Paul Weller
and Jerry Dammers
in protesting outside and delivered a letter demanding that Simon give a "complete and heartfelt apology to the UN General Assembly".
Bard of Barking