Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Age of Self

"They say the working class is dead
We’re all consumers now
They say that we have moved ahead
We’re all just people now"

I won´t dance on anybody´s grave, but after Margaret Thatcher died, lots of people have made lists of songs "inspired" by her and her politics.
Clive Langer/Elvis Costello/Robert Wyatt´s "Shipbuilding" are all over the place, check "7 Of Best: Thatcher Rants" (Clash) for example, but Dummy chose another Robert Wyatt song, the great "The age of self".

This song was originally released on a 7"(Rough Trade/TUC 1984) with The Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band´s "Raise Your Banners High" on the b side, in support of the striking miners. The song would later appear on "Old Rotten Hat" (1985).

I have mentioned "The Age of Self" several times already in this blog, and we even had a post on Bullion´s cover, but the song is so fine and some of you probably have not bought "Old Rotten Hat" yet, and we need some Wyatt related stuff in here too!

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