If you have to have a band, why not hire Ian McLagan (Small Faces, etc) and ex-members of The Damned, PIL and 3 Mustaphas 3? Then get our wonderful pal Grant Showbiz to produce, with the ever-patient Mike Boddy engineering, and you get a great record. Oh yeah, excellent songs don't hurt either. (www.billybragg.co.uk)

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