Songs »The Great Leap Forward

billy bragg great leap forwardWhile The Great Leap Forward is not the first song to come to minds when thinking of the mid-late nineties (it isn't even from that decade), it certainly leaps forward in my mind as one of the most influential songs for me personally. I was the perfect poetry-writing youth made for socially conscious folk new wave.

I first heard the song in Jr. High on the life changing CC radio station, but I never caught the name or the artist (and don't forget searching for stuff via internet was not second nature yet).

Four years later I heard it again on the same station and frantically recorded it on to cassette tape, missing the first few lines. I listened to that truncated version until the tape died or was lost back when file sharing was non existent and a tape could turn into something precious.

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Posted on September 4, 2006

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