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on 12 December 2007
Billy Childish is a national treasure. Almost without exception his output with the Pop Rivets, Milkshakes, Mighty Caesars, Headcoats, Buff Medways and a multitude of other guises has presented energetic, stripped-down rock'n'roll of the highest quality to a far too small section of the public.

'Punk Rock At The British Legion Hall' is no exception - washing away any lingering disappointment at the demise of the Buff Medways, the album simply steams ahead adding to the raw rockin' corpus of work built up by Chatham's finest poultry enthusiasts.

There's really not a dull track on here, 'Joe Strummer's Grave' is an apt expression of disatissfaction with the modern world, 'Bugger The Buffs' a cumudgeonly blues stomper and 'Date With Doug' featuring Nurse Julie's bubblegum vocal talents. Fantastic!!!
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on 13 February 2013
WIld Billy Childish - aka William Hamper, Jack Ketch, Gus Claudius, et al - has released somewher in the region of 100 albums since the early 1980s, & I estimate I probably own around half of 'em! Inevitably, some of them are better than others, but Punk Rock at The British Legion is definitely one of his better recent releases. Yes, the same dirty old riffs are present & correct, but it's the lyrics you should be paying attention to these days - the chap's a prolific & celebrated poet these days after all - & some of those included here will make you laugh out loud. That said, I doubt I'll ever tire of him mangling those ancient Kinks chords either. Mister Childish, you're an inspiration, sir!
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on 31 December 2007
I had to take this off. In the end. I saw Jim Riley's name and I thought. 'Oh Yeah'. This is gonna be as far away from Liptons up on Weeds Wood Chatham as you can get. Its sounds like a Boring Sunday Lunchtime with Gary Miller and the rest of those Squares up the Beacon in Gillingham during the Mid 80's. Give it up Billy you are Finished. This album is a sad Steely Dan Parody of your Own Vibe. Seriously. If. You want to hear what Billy has always been about on Every Level. Buy. "The Messerschmitt Pilots Severed Hand" Which is in my view. The Best Punk Rock Album since 1977. HAVING SAID THAT -Billy did get me with Comb Over Mod. Mods are Pricks. And. Now the Post Mod Revivalists of the 'Mayday' 79-82 are all well over 40. And. Bearing in mind Every Mod has a seemingly genetical pre-occupation with Nice Trendy Haircuts. It must be a Heartbreak to be a COMB OVER MOD. With. Your Bobby Charlton Slice coming un-hinged everytime you open the Sunroof. Ha Ha Ha Funny Joke.
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