I’ve been listening to a lot of spoken word and poetry stuff recently and burned a cd that worked well- the intro to Misty In Roots’ Live at Eurovision, John Cooper Clarke’s Twat, yesterday’s Steve Cobby and Russ Litten track, Joe Gideon and The Shark’s Civilisation, Allen Ginsberg/Tom Waits’ America/Closing Time, a Joe Strummer and Jack Kerouac ghost duet track, Weatherall’s remixes of Mike Garry’s St Anthony and BP Fallon and David Holmes’ Henry McCullough plus The Deep Hum (At The Heart Of It All) that he did with Michael Smith, a few other things on similar lines. And some Linton Kwesi Johnson dub poetry. Dub and poetry go together very well indeed, like chips and mayonnaise, like punk and speed. This one, Inglan Is A Bitch from 1980’s Bass Culture album, is full of righteous anger at the way Jamaican immigrants were treated in Inglan. The man himself said that ‘writing was a political act and poetry was a cultural weapon’.

Inglan Is A Bitch