BILLY BRAGG Didn’t Want A ‘NEW ENGLAND’ 35 Years Ago – I’m Sure He Changed His View By Now…

When timeless in sound and vision

3 December 2016

Last May it was 35 years ago that BILLY BRAGG released his debut album Life’s A Riot With Spy vs. Spy (an LP you only could play at 45 rpm instead of the usual 33.3 rpm). There was a sweet, romantic little gem on it called ‘A NEW ENGLAND‘ released as a single months later, in November. An idyllic love song actually: “I don’t want to change the world / I’m not looking for a new England / I’m just looking for another girl”. A year later it became
a big hit int he UK when the late, great Kirsty MacColl covered it. I just bumped into the song, by accident, on Spotify and realized that I didn’t hear this yearning earworm for
a long time and the very first thought that came to mind was the Brexit drama with the most painful fact that the vote of the greater part of British youth – the country’s future -was brutally ignored and solidarity with Europe was dumped for all the wrong reasons.
I suppose Billy Bragg found his girl by now, but as we know the man, he unquestionably wants a New England too, 35 years later…


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