Paul AmesApril 13, 2013 05:01
BRUSSELS — Margaret Thatcher's Britain could be an unforgiving place for a teenager. There was fighting in the streets, rampant unemployment and money was too tight to mention. Although life may have looked grim, however, at least it had a blistering soundtrack. From the incendiary rock of The Clash to The Smiths' melodic gloom, the dance-floor politics of the 2 Tone bands and the simmering outrage of Elvis Costello, the Thatcher era fired up a golden generation of angry young musicians.