Monday, November 26, 2007

Billy Bragg

Stephen William Bragg (born December 20, 1957), known as Billy Bragg, is an English musician renowned for his blend of folk, punk-rock, and protest music, and his lyrics dealing with political as well as romantic themes. (

Friday, 21 September 1984, "Mini Box", 22:15 - 22:45

Line up
Billy Bragg - vocals, guitar

Set list
01 Like soldiers do (3:35)
02 The man in the iron mask (2:48)
03 The Saturday boy (5:34)
04 The milkman of human kindness (3:25)
05 Bad summer (1:33)
06 A new England (3:07)
07 Island of no return (3:59)

Also performed:

00 Richard (3:13 - performed some time before The milkman of human kindness - judging from other BB shows around this time, it's likely to have been straight after The man in the iron mask)

Two recordings are reported. The first (shortest) one is Richard plus tracks 04, 06 and 07, total time 12'58". It's released as the bootleg Pandora's Box 1984, which is most likely a CDR and not a silver disc. (

The second (longer) recording of tracks 01 - 07 is more common, but misses Richard, total time 22'35".

I have both sets as lossless (flac) recordings taken from radio broadcasts. Combined they run close to the 30 minutes alloted to Bragg, although it's hard to believe he came out to play only 8 songs...

Catch the stream for the longer one here:

Other info

Article from festival booklet

Billy Bragg on stage at Pandora's 84. Unmistakable, even without his head pictured... (Oor magazine 1984/20)

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