Bragg may have ruffled Serge's feathers. We'll see if anything comes of it at Glastonbury 2014.
Kasabian were the subject of derision when they chose to divulge the lyrics, "Horsemeat in the burgers, people commit murders, everyone’s on bugle, we’re being watched by Google" early. They eventually revised those lyrics for their current single, ‘Eez-eh’, but Billy Brag still thinks they’re the Spinal Tap of modern music.
Serge Pizzorno performing at Hard Rock Calling in 2013
"They have an important role to play: they are there to remind us how true Spinal Tap was. I'm not a fan, but if you read their interviews as if it was dialogue from Spinal Tap, it's very entertaining," says Bragg. Only trouble is, high-maintenance lead-singer Serge isn’t really going for satire; he’s genuinely making what he believes to be a comment on the socio-political state of the United Kingdom.
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"Especially the stuff Sergio [Pizzorno] says – he's Nigel Tufnel,” continued Bragg to The NME. “Particularly with the album title, 48:13. I'm guessing that's how long the record is. Someone sent them a CD that just said Kasabian, and they didn't know what else to put on it, 'cos they hadn't bothered to think up any fucking titles, so they just put the time on and Serge said 'that is genius'."
Bragg himself has carved a career out of writing songs with serious political messages, but his involvement in contemporary political issues doesn’t end when he puts his guitar down; the London-born singer-songwriter is a keen activist. "If we're really honest with ourselves,” he explains, “we have to admit that urban music is where the politics are nowadays. There are still political singer-songwriters, but no one you could compare to the Clash, or even the Manics."