Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, banging on about Banksy yet again. You've got me pegged as a one-trick pony, but I'm actually a two-trick pony 'cos I also like to bang on about Billy Bragg from time to time.
Loved this Billy Bragg anecdote about his cultural visit to East Germany in the late eighties as recounted on 'Brewing Up With Political Pop', which is the title of episode five of his ongoing series of podcast reminisces of his thirty year career:
"I got selected - I don't know why - to do a gig in the Nava Lightbulb factory. Which was, you know, not really my cup of tea. It was a noisy, horrible place, and I played in front of the men and women's toilets at lunch hour, whilst people were trying to get their lunch. It was not the greatest Billy Bragg gig, you know. Hopefully, there isn't a bootleg of it anywhere.
But it was all broadcast for the radio, and they asked me what I thought of the fabulous people's lightbulb factory? And I said, look, I do this job so I don't have to work in a shithole like this, mate. Don't expect me to be saying good things . . ."
The Berlin Wall was torn down a few years later.