Probably Graham Brazier's best-known track as a solo artist, 'Billy Bold' didn’t garner much radio play when released in 1981, but would go on to become a staple of Hello Sailor live sets. First appearing on Graham Brazier’s debut solo album Inside Out, the ballad is based on the infamous 1981 riots in Toxteth, Liverpool. The song came to Brazier in a dream; he was drawn to the topic because his working class father came from Liverpool.
I had a dream and woke up with 'Billy Bold' in my head ... I picked up the guitar, no pen and paper, and it just came. It was like channelling.– Graham Brazier in a 2004 interview with Graham Reid