Some drastic line-up changes followed the re-release of ‘Death of a Band’, and by August the band was floundering, due to the departure of their drummer. It wasn’t until October when, following an invitation to play at Chris Chinchilla’s farewell party, the band took the decision to carry on as a three piece (with drum machine). After a few shaky gigs, Billy Ruffian came to embrace the new technology and ‘Death of a Band’ finally found an official release on Filthy Little Angels’ Christmas compilation “Hark! The Filthy Angels Sing”.
Having already recorded a few new tracks for another self-released EP, Billy Ruffian soon found themselves having to write and record several more tracks when Filthy Little Angels signed them up to record an album in January 2007.
Recorded during the Spring, “My Secret Life” was released at the end of May to good reviews (including an ‘album of the week’ from Manchester Music). The “Spring Sampler EP” featuring five FLA acts preceded the album and coincided with the band’s first tour.
The next month, the songs “Music vs. Money” and “Whipping Boy” were taken from “My Secret Life” and released on an accompanying single along with the non-album cut “My Secret Life”. The single was a split single with the The Art Goblins as part of Filthy Little Angels’ Singles Club. The Billy Ruffian tracks were judged by many to be the best tracks in the package.
Following further good reviews, the band played a succession of well received gigs and set about recording their second album in the late Summer.
Struck by the shock factor of former Shadow Home Secretary David Davis’ resignation on June 12th to fight the Haltemprice and Howden by-election, political enthusiast and BR vocalist Stephen Ruffian began writing lyrics on the subject the next day, from Davis’ own point of view. After finishing the lyrics with help from guitarist Thom, the band recorded the song on the 17th with their bassist/producer Ben Paul and, with a video compiled in a lengthy all-night session by Stephen, unleashed both song and video to the world via Youtube on Monday 23rd June. An eleven day turnaround from event to result.
Upon sending links to various blogs, interest in the song and video, “The Most Unlikely Civil Liberties Defender Of All” snowballed. Political blogs throughout the land featured it, including that of Guido Fawkes, the most read political blogger in the UK. People began discussing both the song (as well as the politics of the authors!) in earnest. Interest culminated in a mention by John Humphreys on the Radio 4 Today Show on the 27th June.