On a recent trip to Bull City Records, Chaz and I were talking about coverting lp’s to digital format and I mentioned one of my favorites, Chumbawamba’s “English Rebel Songs” ep. For those that only know “Tubthumping” from them, this ep will be shocking to say the least. Entirely acappella, this collection of songs is just what the title says; a collection of songs focusing on the plight of the poor and oppressed in England at that time. Some of my favorites include “The Diggers Song”, “Smashing of the Van”, “Poverty Knock”, “Song of the Times” and “Hanging on the Old Barbed Wire”.

If you are interested, you can preview the songs on Amazon here, a more complete write up (and download) is available here, on Merlin In Rags.

Kudo’s to Chaz for digitizing my 10″ ep for me, I hope you all pay a visit to his little record store before buying music at Big Box stores like Best Buy, B&N and the like; it’s way more punk rock to support the little guy.

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