Something for the weekend: Billy Bragg “Ten Mysterious Photos That Can’t Be Explained”

Well that’s it from us for another week dearest of readers and we leave you with a track from the newly announced record by Billy Bragg ‘The Million Things That Never Happened’, his 10th studio album which lands in the UK on October 8th via Cooking Vinyl. The album was produced by Romeo Stodart and Dave Izumi at Echo Zoo studio in Eastbourne, and he wrote the entire thing himself, aside from the song ‘Ten Mysterious Photos That Can’t Be Explained’ which he co-wrote with his son Jack Valero, and it is superb. The song is described as “a rollicking hoedown that takes a wry look at the joys and pitfalls of social media” and includes some lovely pedal steel and banjo from Joe Harvey Whyte.

Billy says of the song: “I like my albums to finish with a stomper. My son Jack helped me out with this one. He’s a pretty good songwriter himself, and when I played him what I had and he said it’s good but it needs some work. I said well you go and do it then. So he came back and he’d added a middle section and, you know what, he was right. I was really pleased. People have asked if there might be a ‘father and son’ album down the tracks. All I will say is you never know what the future might bring. ‘Ten Mysterious Photos…’ is about life online, both good and bad. I try not to get sucked down too many wormholes, but it can happen.”

To us all Billy. Have a good one.


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