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He was born Steven William Bragg in Essex around the time Tommy Steele was climbing the singles charts with Happy Guitar and the Soviet Union was launching Sputnik 2 into space. Today, on the verge of the release of his eleventh and best album, Mr. Love & Justice, he is known as Billy Bragg by his loyalists worldwide yet he is still called Steven by his Mother and still referred to as the ... Read more in Amazon's Billy Bragg Store

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  • Audio CD (September 17, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002H9H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,062 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Accident Waiting To Happen
2. Moving The Goalposts
3. Everywhere
4. Cindy Of A Thousand Lives
5. You Woke Up My Neighbourhood
6. Trust
7. God's Footballer
8. The Few
9. Sexuality
10. Mother Of The Bride
11. Tank Park Salute
12. Dolphins
13. North Sea Bubble
14. Rumours Of War
15. Wish You Were Her
16. Body Of Water

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This CD is an out of print collectible! It is the original 1991 Elektra release. Catalog 9-61121-2. There is a punch hole through the UPC and booklet.

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One wouldn't imagine that a died-in-red-wool socialist agitator and spiritual offspring of Woody Guthrie would be able to make serious inroads in modern-rock radio, but Billy Bragg did indeed slip onto some playlists with 1991's Don't Try This at Home. Working with a full band (the Smiths' Johnny Marr and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Michael Stipe are among the guests) with bits of brass and strings shading the arrangements, Bragg came up with a surplus of hooky songs highlighted by the minor hit "Sexuality." Conflict both personal ("You Woke Up My Neighborhood," "Accident Waiting to Happen") and political ("Everywhere," "God's Footballer") intertwine among these 16 songs in customary Bragg fashion. Ultimately, Home stands as one of the Brit firebrand's most accessible efforts. --Steven Stolder

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God's Footballer is sad and Beautiful.
Vern Pascal
Likewise, the best words won't sink in without clever or emotionally meaningful sounds behind them.
Jason Ainsworth (jasona@edin.com)
Well there you have it, and there's plenty of variety in these 16 songs.
Ziggy, the Last of the Space Cowboys

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John R. Pomerville on September 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
First of all, in the interest of full disclosure, I'm a Libertarian and probably disagree with 90% OF Bragg's Socialist Big Government solutions to all of the ills in this world. That being said, this album is 100% spectacular. I may argue politics with Billy but would never argue music. This is one of the finest collection of songs in the Folk/Rock genre of the last 50 years. Each song is tunefull in its own way. Even though some of the lyrics are banal (Sexuality comes immediately to mind) the power of the melodies and arrangements lift each selection. Tank Park Salute and Moving The Goalposts are simply beautiful and speak to human relationships that are common to all regardless of politics. North Sea Bubble is a flat out rocker that gives a small salute to Libertarian Thought. At least I'd like to think so. 5 Stars!!! Buy it and enjoy. In a world of tripe like Madonna and Britney, this is an all too rare gem. I can't reccomend it highly enough.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vern Pascal on January 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I agree totally with the previous reviewer Tank Park Salute is worth the CD. I have heard mre than a 1000 cd's in my life and this song, as well as the Cranberries Dying In The Sun are the only 2 that are guaranteed to water the eyes. Sexuality is a great great song. One of Billy's best. God's Footballer is sad and Beautiful. Every song is either good or great. This is head and shoulders above any of the alternative bands. Bragg is a terrific songwriter ad I feel this is his best album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This is a brilliant album. Billy Bragg's talent for matching whistful poetry with melody was never greater. Far better produced than his earlier albums and less folksy and accoustic, "Don't try this at home" introduced Bragg to a (well deserved) wider audience. There are still some lovely folksy moments--"Everywhere" is a modern "Johnny, I hardly knew you", and "Tank Park Salute" always makes me cry. You would have had to have spent the past 8 years at the bottom of a cave not to know the self-parodying "Sexuality". Much of the rest of the album is musically upbeat early 90's jingle-jangle, with high points being The Few, North Sea Bubble and Body of Water. Cindy of a Thousand Lives buries some serious subversion (and very personal protest....) in an incredibly cryptic lyric (as you do).
It goes without saying that much Billy Bragg is left-wing political and/or social commentary. If you're conservative, Thatcherite or Reaganite (or for that matter, Howardite or Shipleyite), you will probably find him objectionable. But that's okay, the feeling is probably mutual. Billy Bragg is (IMHO) the greatest protest singer/songwriter working today.
It's a pity that the previous reviewer didn't like this album as much as Worker's Playtime. The criticisms in that review were a bit unfair. "God's Footballer" is a beautiful lilting waltz--if anyone considered him to be no more talented than a well crafted political slogan, this is disproof. Incidentally, Billy is much shyer than you might expect, & prefers not to be called "Mr Sexuality".....(if he's reading this, we're still embarrassed about that and hope he forgives us, he should know what I'm referring to.....)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason Ainsworth (jasona@edin.com) on May 6, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Am I crazy or is it just me who has recoginized the genius displayed on this disc? Why do I always find this one in the used CD section? Are we all just not intelligent enough or too apathetic about politics? For me, I wonder where does one begin with the praise? Taken alone, each track is its own gem. Strung together, you have a brilliant masterpiece.
Perhaps one way to evaluate a song (and album) is to break it up into music and lyrics. Often you get a great tune but with words that do not leave any kind of impact on the audience. Likewise, the best words won't sink in without clever or emotionally meaningful sounds behind them. "Don't Try This At Home" covers all the bases. It hits all the emotions while remaining true to liberal thought.
Bragg's last album (William Bloke) drew a lot of attention because some claimed that he had "sold out", that the once highly political folk/funk musician grew old and began playing pop. To counter, it was argued that of course people and their art mature; that "William Bloke" was actually very political and even more intelligent than past efforts--that it reflected the maturity its creator had undergone over the past few years.
I'd further that argument by pointing out that "Home" actually reflects a lot of maturity and wisdom, especially when compared with "Back to Basics". Tracks like "North Sea Bubble" advise that not every political situation calls for the same solution (Socialism). "Sexuality" is all about practicing safe sex, no matter what your orientation is. Even the more romantic songs such as "Moving the Goalposts" are subtle yet highly effective. "Mother of the Bride" is just funny and great after suffering a break-up.
In sum, each track is packed with color and depth plus wonderful sound. Furthermore, there is incredible variety in the tracks, again both in lyrics and music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ziggy, the Last of the Space Cowboys on December 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I was literally blown over and left smiling after I had heard this album in its entirety. Where were the bad songs? I asked myself. I seemed that there weren't any! Folks, this is one of those rare album where filler is nowhere to be seen! Bragg really outdid himself in this, his second full band album, "Don't Try This At Home". The sound this time around is richer, more refined than that of his previous albums, and more commercial-sounding as well. This time Billy's band includes famous guests such as Johnny Marr (of the Smiths) who played guitar, co-wrote and co-produced a number of songs on the album, as well as Peter Buck and Michael Stipe (of REM). As with "Back to Basics", there are far too many individual standouts on his album to mention them all, but here's some: "Moving the Goalposts" and "God's Footballer" are absolutely beautiful. Two classic folk covers "Everywhere" (featuring mandolin by Peter Buck) and "Dolphins" are equally as breathtaking. "North Sea Bubble" sees Billy returning to his punk roots. "Sexuality" packs a powerful pop punch with witty lyrics and a killer tune. "Tank Park Salute", a tribute to Billy's late father is, hands down, Bragg's finest song, and one of the most moving and beautiful songs ever written.
Well there you have it, and there's plenty of variety in these 16 songs. This is undoubtedly Bragg's most accessible set of songs, and is clearly one of the best albums of the early 90's. Plus, the art in the booklet is way cool!
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