Handyman Blues

Album: Tooth & Nail (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • Billy Bragg wrote this song about his lack of DIY skills. He explained to Chortle that he penned it "as a way of explaining to my missus why I'm not much good at putting stuff up or taking stuff down. I just about manage mowing the lawn and changing the lightbulbs. Catching spiders as well. If anyone else in my house learns to do that, I'm out probably."
  • The song's music video was directed by Johnny Vegas. It features his fellow comedians Stewart Lee, Ross Noble, Phill Jupitus, Kevin Eldon and Ricky Grover, as well as actors Neil Morrissey and Sam West. The pair hooked up after Bragg gave Vegas permission to use his music in his film Ragged, which is about the comic actor Ricky Tomlinson's fight to overturn his conviction for intimidation on picket lines in the Seventies.

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