The Ledge #535: The Queen Is Dead

Bring a thimble and I’ll pour my thoughts out – Paul Westerberg, “How Can You Like Him?”

For me, the quintessential British rock band is The Kinks. There may be better bands from that country (name them!) but nobody captures that country like the writings of Ray Davies. Same with The Jam and The Clash a decade later, or Billy Bragg, The Smiths, Robyn Hitchcock, and mny others a decade after that. Pairing a few highlights of those artists with some samplings of the great British punk movement of the late 70s, and you have two hours of fantastic British tributes…even if a couple of the artists are actually American. 
I would love it if every listener bought at least one record I played on either of these shows. These great artists deserve to be compensated for their hard work, and every purchase surely helps not only pay their bills but fund their next set of wonderful songs. And if you buy these records directly from the artist or label, please let them know you heard these tunes on The Ledge! Let them know who is giving them promotion! You can find this show at almost any podcast site, including iTunes and Stitcher…or


1. The Smiths, The Queen Is Dead 
2. The Kinks, Waterloo Sunset
3. The Kinks, Sunny Afternoon
4. The Kinks, The Village Green Preservation Society
5. The Kinks, Victoria 
6. The Jam, London Traffic
7. The Jam, London Girl
8. The Jam, Eton Rifles
9. Billy Bragg, A New England
10. Billy Bragg, England, Half English
11. Graham Parker, England’s Latest Clown
12. Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians, Veins Of The Queen (Royal Mix)
13. Andy Partridge, When We Get To England
14. Nick Lowe, The Rose of England
15. The Clash, London Calling
16. The Clash, London’s Burning
17. The Clash, English Civil War
18. The Clash, This is England
19. Carbon/Silicon, The Gangs Of England
20. The Pogues, London Girl
21. The Pogues, Dark Streets Of London
22. The Pogues, London You´re A Lady
23. Screaming Lord Sutch, London Rocker
24. The Pretty Things, London Town
25. The Adicts, England
26. Sham 69, Red London
27. Horrorcomic, England 77
29. Cock Sparrer, England Belongs to me
30. The Lurkers, London Jeepster
31. The Go-Go’s, London Boys [Live]
32. Idol Threats, Sick on England
33. Anti-Nowhere League, Streets of London
34. Frank Turner, Long Live The Queen
35. Sex Pistols, God Save The Queen
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