While Britain was reeling from the seemingly never-ending News International phone hacking scandal, Billy Bragg was sitting in his hotel room, writing a new tune that would offer his prescription for the problem.
Entitled Never Buy The Sun, he immediately performed the song at the Garforth Festival, and received such an incredible response that he shot the quick video above of himself playing the tune in his dressing room. The video was seen over 20,000 times in 48 hours, prompting Bragg to invite some musician friends over and record a proper version of the track, which is available as a free download from his website.
From a news release:
Billy Bragg’s brand new song ‘Never Buy The Sun’ takes aim at the whole sorry story of News International’s systemic failure to understand that there are limits to legitimate news gathering. Billy concludes that neither press, police nor politicians come out of this scandal looking good. Only the people of Liverpool can hold their heads high.
Their refusal to buy The Sun in the wake of that paper’s unfounded accusation that Liverpool FC supporters robbed the dead victims of the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989 shows that not only do the scousers have principles, but they are also determined to hold onto them in an often cynical world.