And of course it didn't help that Geoff Berner was the stand-in opener either. He took to the stage with nothing but an accordian and a mischievous smirk. Eva commented "Uncle Hank should have stuck with the accordian - he could have been a big star". I don't think Uncle Hank quite has the sass or the humour to pull that off though. Berner's signature song is called "I'm a Lucky God Damned Jew". I think you can imagine the set on the basis of that information.
Rather than try to recite the set list of songs that Billy Bragg performed, I'd rather give you the set list to some of the stories he told:
- the other wonders of the internet, including blogging about the tour and reviewing the audience, "especially that lady with her feet on the chair"
- heckling Morrissey at South By Southwest with shouts of "take off your trousers, Morrissey!"
- going into his "Johnny Clash" persona and regaling us with Pin Ball Wizard done to the tune of Folsom Prison Blues
- and of course, in amongst all the humour (of which the above is but a small sampling), there was the politics, the passion, the rants. Which brings us back to the songs.
Here is There is Power in a Union.
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