Billy Bragg @ El Rey, June 10, 2008

Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg doesn’t beat around the bush. In fact he spent quite a lot of his stage banter time talking about his dislike for W., in between a range of topics including English tea. He also professed his enthusiasm for Barack, saying, “Never would I have imagined the possibility of a black American president in my lifetime.” After spending his entire career singing about politics, and every now and then, the politics of love, Bragg may have a right to wax political. He didn’t let all the campaigning get in the way of the musical content as he played a long set with a sprinkling of songs from his new album, Mr. Love & Justice, the first in six years. He ended the night with a seven song encore of the entire Life’s a Riot w/ Spy vs. Spy album.

Set List:

This Guitar Says Sorry
The Warmest Room
Farm Boy
The Myth of Trust
Mr. Love & Justice
Greeting to the New Brunette
I Almost Killed You
The Space Race Is Over
If You Ever Leave
Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key
I Ain’t Got No Home
Old Clash Fan Fight Song
I Keep Faith
There Is Power in a Union
Help Save the Youth of America


The Milkman of Human Kindness
To Have and to Have Not
The Man in the Iron Mask
Lover’s Town Revisited
The Busy Girl Buys Beauty
A New England