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"I Wanna Be a Cosmonaut"
Even with all the very, very good records that have hit shelves in the past month, and even with all the very, very good records that are scheduled to hit shelves next month, I have probably listened to this one song from 1978 more than any other of late. Riff Raff was Billy Bragg's first band, active for a few years in the late 70s, and they never received much attention, despite the endless charm of this boisterous, snotty punk-rock nugget. The rest of the band's output, which comes across largely as Clash throwaways, lacked the sense of urgency that propels "I Wanna Be a Cosmonaut." The 7" is impossible to find, it seems, but YouTube works just fine in this situation.