#1028: 2014, Sleaford Mods, Tiswas

by Jackie_South on June 14, 2015

I’m not suite sure whether “Party Leadership Contenderweek on Songs to Learn and Sing is over (I thought there was another song to come), but Ray thinks it is and that’s good enough for me.

Given I thought the next song was mine, I had lined up “Burn ‘Em All” (Burn ‘Em = Burnham, gettit?) by the Anti-Nowhere League: a shouty late-nineties number from Tunbridge Wells biggest punk act – a nihilistic song about politics.

But it’s only an alright track, a bit derivative. If you really want great shouty punk with a political message, you can do a lot better and a lot more recent too. A week ago, George East and I saw Sleaford Mods play at Koko in Camden. It was a mind-blowingly good gig, one of furious energy and well-directed anger.

Singer Jason Williamson was electrifying: where Ian Curtis channeled his epilepsy and depression into his music, Williamson appears to have all the involuntary tics and swearing of Tourettes. But in reality, he is very much in control, with a musical tightness that harnesses and belies the sense of chaos.

Being childs of the Seventies and Eighties,we here at All That’s Left often despair about the lack of politics in today’s age of austerity. Sleaford Mods have the politics in spades – but then they are in their forties too:

Cameron’s hairdresser got an MBE
I said to the wife you better shoot me

The politics is balanced with wit, laced popular references (Tiswas is clearly made for my generation’s memories of TV) and self-deprecation (“I’ve got called an anarchist/ That’s for the middle class trainspotters/ I don’t want my dog on a string/ That’s gonna hurt the thing”).

Whoever becomes Labour leader, they should be forced to listen to Sleaford Mods on a loop before making their first speech.

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George_East June 14, 2015 at 11:13 pm

Utter genius is all I can say. Extraordinary gig. Necessary band.


Geoff Elliott June 30, 2015 at 11:26 am

Saw these on Saturday afternoon at Glasto in the John Peel tent. Absolutely electric. They were an absolute highlight for me of what was a brilliant weekend.


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