Much has written in the specialist press concerning his early break into the music business and his entanglement with the well known louche impresario Cock-Stand Cuthbertson, various episodes from which have led to his oft quoted soubriquet of Percy.
Dave: Percy? So that's Billy Bragg - what a tosser.
Chas: Yeah, right, "Bard of Barking" my arse.
Billy Bragg: Gis a fag.
Dave: Piss off Percy, you ponce.
Billy Bragg: Aww c'mon lads I'm one of you.
Chas: Nah mate, you aint.