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Songs From Bill’s Dance­hall B&J Mu­sic ★★★ Post-Ra­di­a­tors and pre-Pogues, Philip Chevron worked with the noted singer Agnes Ber­nelle, who in turn in­tro­duced him to the works of Brecht and Weill. “Some­thing about their songs con­nected in my mind with the brash as­sertive­ness of the punk mi­lieu of my own mu­si­cal world,” Chevron writes in the sleeve notes to this re-re­lease of an EP first recorded 25 years ago. As Chevron vir­tu­ally Sham 69s his way through Song of Man­dalay here, the con­nec­tion be­tween the songs of Brecht and Weill and the vis­ceral en­ergy of punk be­come very clear. All the five tracks here are from the 1929 show Happy End, they’re all a de­light, and they’re all ex­u­ber­antly per­formed by Chevron. Lis­ten­ing to this, you can hear where he got some of The Ra­di­a­tors’ Ghos­town from. It’s just a shame this is so short. BRIAN BOYD Down­load: Song of Man­dalay, Bil­bao Song

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