So where has all the social commentary gone? What happened to those tunes of yesteryear which regaled the state of the nation to a backdrop of any guitar and any bass drum? In times like these there should surely be an outpouring of tunes from angry young men with fire in their bellies and a protest song in their hearts.
Look no further pop pickers. In Ghosts Of Yesterday, The Dying Breed - hailing from Hounslow/Dartford/Braintree - have produced an album of tunes that dig deep into the social mores of daily life on this green and pleasant land, complete with elements of celebration at the possibilities of being an independent spirit among the bland conformity and excess of mediocrity. Packed with social observation, tunes such What Happened To The Roxy, They Believe (In Saturday Night) and God Bless Tommy hit you in the head like a black and white kitchen sink film from the British new wave set to music.
"Recorded in a garage in Dartford and a shed in Braintree", it says in the sleevenotes. Which is spot on, from where we're sitting. The Dying Breed (Jason Williams - guitar and vocals, Stuart Harris, bass and Pat McVicar, drums, ably supported by backing vocalists Sue Moore and Claire Draycott) deliver a set of modernist music from the streets, telling stories of life lived today, complete with grit, determination and perfectly worn Harrington. A testimony to the power of this selection is that a generous raft of tunes was recently featured on Glory Boys Radio, the essential programme of choice for the Sunday evening discerning listener. The band's music is also available at Heavy Soul and Detour. And to find out more about the band, check out their Facebook page.
Get hold of a copy if the album. Turn it up. And let it blast out the rhythm and commentary of Britain today.