Watching Soul Brother Number Two, Wilson Pickett, on the weird and wonderful series All You Need Is Love: The Story of Popular Music, I got to thinking about other musical artists and songs with names and titles associated with unions.
There's the Flying Pickets.
There's Bobby 'Boris' Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers
There's Gary Puckett (b. Pickett?) and the Union Gap.
There's There Is Power In A Union by Billy Bragg.
There's Union City Blue by Blondie.
There's Part of the Union by the Strawbs.
My dad was a union man (at a non-union firm). He loved the Strawbs song as he loved his solidarity with his imaginary comrades. But were the band taking the piss? "The sight of my card makes me some kind of superman"?
Strawbs. True socialists or piss-taking wankers? What do you think?