In 2013, Billy Bragg’s debut release ‘Life’s a Riot With Spy vs. Spy’ celebrated its thirtieth anniversary. Due to the lo-fi nature of the recording – one man, an electric guitar, no overdubs – it could have been recorded at any point during that time. With the younger Bragg possessing an angry voice, a barrage of social commentary and a knack for a lyric, there was always a feeling that he represented every one of us with a left leaning political voice, just one of many reasons why its seven tracks continue to endure.
To mark the anniversary, an expanded version of ‘Life’s a Riot’ was issued, with all seven tracks recorded live at London’s Union Chapel on 5th June 2013 as a bonus. A couple of months later, Billy found himself on the other side of the world. This fan filmed footage of the complete ‘Life’s a Riot’, from Sydney in September 2013 captures Bragg’s charm and goes a long way to explaining why he’s maintained an enduring presence on the live circuit. It makes a great companion to the officially released audio from London.