Monday's lunch hour was one of the strangest I've experienced in recent memory. I went to HMV expecting to see Billy Bragg perform a few tracks from his hearteningly well-reviewed new album Mr Love & Justice. Instead I saw Bragg and KT Tunstall tear through eight under-rehearsed cover versions that took in Cliff Ricahrd and The Human League.
The reason behind this enjoyable shambles was HMV and Q Magazine's daft poll to find
the top 50 Best Ever British Albums. Billy and KT were asked to play songs from each decade since 1958. This was the set list:
- Cliff Richard – Move It
- The Kinks – Waterloo Sunset
- David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust [KT Tunstall solo]
- Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve) [Billy Bragg solo]
- Morrissey – Every Day Is Like Sunday
- The Verve – The Drugs Don’t Work
- Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict A Riot
- The Human League – Don’t You Want Me?
The Drugs Don't Work was about the only song that sounded vaguely in tune but all were fun to watch. The piece de resistance was the Human League finale. The clips below, diligently filmed on the phones of lunchtime shoppers, give some impression of the event.
The Drugs Don't Work
I Predict A Riot
Don't You Want Me?