18 months after this blog started, WordPress tells me this is the 100th post. I also note that we seem to have advertising now, although rest assured that none of the resulting dosh goes my way.
Talking of capitalism (dubious segue), today I’m abandoning any pretence at chronological order and hopping back to 1985 to bring you ‘Bring It Down (This Insane Thing)’ by The Redskins. The Redskins only recorded one (classic) album, the catchily titled ‘Neither Washington Nor Moscow But International Socialism’. At a time when political pop centred around Red Wedge led by Weller and Billy Bragg, they remained on the outskirts, suspicious of being seen to hang out with Neil Kinnock and opting instead for ideological purity. They did however tour with Billy Bragg and performed a stunning version of Levi Stubbs Tears at their final gig in 1986.
Posterity tends to focus on The Redskins’ politics and not enough – in my opinion – on the glorious music,which updated Northern Soul far more successfully than the Style Council. A revolution you can dance to.
The video, featuring Alexei Sayle, reflects an age in which football oligarchs meant Robert Maxwell. Their biggest hit, this reached the giddy heights of Number 33…
Afterwards, scroll down for Andy & Roy’s choices, or catch all the ‘Lost In Time’ lists so far here