Sunday, 5 October 2014

21 Songs for John: 4 - Calvin Party

Calvin Party – Lies, Lies & Government

It was when hearing JD Meatyard perform this song at one of Jeff Grainger's Dandelion nights in Oldham this year that I had the idea for this compilation..  One of the finest politically inspired songs of any age from a band that emerged from the ashes of the much-loved Levellers 5 to cement their place among the giants of the Peel show.   As Calvin Party, the band recorded four sessions, the final one in August 2004, just weeks before John Peel's death.  'Lies, Lies & Government' appeared in 1996 and gave the band a festive fifty entry for the first time: here, we feature it in all its full two-part glory.

21 Songs for John can be downloaded for free here.

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