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!!!
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!