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Devon/Cornwall/the extreme Southwest of England
This was a tune, though.
It's only got a population of about 300,000
Tindersticks, Six by Seven, Sleaford Mods, Jake Bugg (!), London Grammar, Paper Lace (!), Ten Years After
Not an amazing list, but it's not a big place. I think similar sized places (Newcastle, Leicester etc) often have similar length lists. Sheffield and Bristol and Leeds etc (with much longer lists) are all a lot bigger.
Considering it is so massively bigger than anywhere else in the country and has all of the cultural advantages.
Per capita it has produced a pitifully small amount of great music compared with places like Manchester, Sheffield and Bristol
Big hip hop scene too.
I'm going to say Hartlepool
cant be bothered to go to.
Has Aphex Twin so is automatically excluded.
can only think of maybe 3 decent bands since The Beatles. i think the reason is that most people in Liverpool are unable to get over The Beatles.
Young Gods & Yello at least - better than many other European countries
China Crisis, The Teardrop Explodes, Wah!, OMD, The Boo Radleys, Benny Profane, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, The La's, Elvis Costello, Ladytron, The Coral, Icicle Works, It's Immaterial, The Lotus Eaters, The Pale Fountains/ Shack, Wild Swans, The Zutons
Not doing too bad compared with say, Birmingham, Leeds or Bradford (which are all bigger)
Has produced quite a few bands lately, namely The Black Tamborines and Tall Ships.
That ends the debate right there.....
Can't think of any bands from there, apart from The Darkness
not having Elvis Costello there either
....Cradle Of Filth ?....
For the size of the city its not great for bands doing well outside of the place.
Ocean Colour Scene
and thats about it
the middle ones
chris and cosey (live there now)
Pretty niche genres admittedly but those are some of the most influential black metal and grindcore bands there are.
Also Grauzone did this:
and basically ensured their country's musical legacy forever
Led Zep (Kinda)
Nick Drake (we'll claim him)
and of course, UB40 and Jamelia lead the way.
and Luke Vibert/Wagon Christ
Claytown Troupe, Consumer Electronics (well, Clevedon). Towns.
Extreme Noise Terror
Pop Will Eat Itself
The Wonder Stuff
Beyond DJ Vadim and Pinkshinyultrablast I can't really think of any.
TaTu doesn't count.
The Farmers Boys, The Higsons
but I'm struggling to think of any others.
A band formed in London with literally no members from Birmingham. (Plant is from West Bromwich)
mostly some of the worst shit ever, barring a few decent acts.
my neck of the woods, I can only think of PJ Harvey, but that's fine with me. Probably loads of folk stuff i don't care for.
I don't know where I got that from
there are approximately 1 million bands in London and about 10 of them are any good
and the new Schammasch is pretty good too
Holy State too
so tbh is automatically better then a load of other cities. From that, came What Price Wonderland?, Plaids etc
look it up
All part of a lovely combined authority at least.
Katrina and the Waves notwithstanding.
the home of gruff punk!
Don't worry, it's not like 10 years ago when I made up imaginary post-punk CD collections on Myspace to try and get "I'm Amy and I'm an indie" girls to like me
Bowie, Stones etc
If you're going to try to claim Nick Drake as a Brummie
Formed in London
Members from West Bromwich (Plant), London (Page), Kent (Jones) and Redditch (Bonham)
so that's half are from Brum - it'll do! All these places are probably 20-40 min drive from where i live (in Brum if you hadn't guessed ;-) ) so they MUST be Birmingham.
Boards of Canada, Josef K, The Beta Band, The Rezillos, The Shop Assistants, Aberfeldy, The Fire Engines, Boots for Dancing, Finitribe, The Exploited, Idlewild, Meursault, The Proclaimers, Young Fathers, Withered Hand, Incredible String Band, Ballboy
And Soul Structure.
never mind Iron freakin' Monkey.
It's where they're formed and have their early career that matters. I don't think Zep have that much of a connection with Birmingham in that sense although Plant and Bonham were definitely part of the Birmingham scene in their earlier days so there is a bit of a claim.
They're definitely more 'Birmingham' than Nick Drake!
XTC, Meat Beat Manifesto and Billie Piper. Not great.
but the music is too MOR
Refused, Cult of Luna, Dungen, The Knife, First Aid Kit, The Radio Dept, In Flames..
Swedish music is great.
Trip hop was 25 years ago, there has been the odd decent band but not compared to places of a similar size (400k) and an even bigger catchment area of the whole south west. It has a young, liberal population, loads of clubs and venues but not a lot to show for it.
Cue people pasting reams of Bristolian bands, do fire away.
Big Naturals / Anthroproph, The Heads (occasionally), Repo Man, Rita Lynch, Spectres, Oliver Wilde, Trust Fund, SJ Esau, Get the Blessing, Landslide Purist off the top of my head. Granted, some of these will probably not be heard of much outside the city boundary but you never know...
One of the ten biggest cities in the UK but in the last two decades the only successful bands to have come from there are Terrorvision and Embrace.
However, one fifth of both One Direction and Girls Aloud are from Bradford, so we do better at pop.
and St Pierre Snake Invasion.
featuring 2 Idles and 1 TSPSI are good.
Oliver Wilde, Flying Saucer Attack.
And he went to school in Liverpool
Maps, VV Brown. erm....
Prodigy, Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Billy Bragg, Underworld, Dr Feelgood, Squarepusher, Blur, Collapsed Lung, Disco Inferno, Nitzer Ebb, The Horrors, Ian Dury (born in Middlesex but grew up in Essex), Sarah Cracknell
I've been shying away from it as an adopted Yorkshireman (Essex by birth, see below)
In fact the Leeds/Bradford urban area (the fourth biggest in the UK) has a pretty poor record especially if you compare it with Greater Manchester. A lot of the bands associated with Leeds (Soft Cell, The Wedding Present, Sisters of Mercy) in fact were formed at the Uni/Poly rather than by locals.
I've only even vaguely heard of a couple of those
Though tbh i really dont care wherr artists are from
Someone mentioned Carlisle upthread but I'd extend that to Cumbria as a whole. I'm originally from there and struggle to think of a single band of note. British sea power are from Kendal (but I think formed in Brighton). For a population of 0.5 million we've made remarkably little dent on the musical world. Or the wider cultural world.
Not a lot going on when you look beyond Radiohead (except Ride and Supergrass). The Candyskins are nearly as good as Supergrass but no one's heard of them.
Can't think of many others.
You can't compare a vast rural county with a population of half a million but no big towns with a big urban area if the same population. Cities are always more likely to produce bands as it is easier for like minded people to get together and there will be better facilities like venues etc.
I don't know how old you are, bornin69, but - judging by your contributions to this thread - like me you're probably one of the older gang on here.
I mean, some of the whippersnappers on here were born after Nirvana's debut was released! If you weren't born when Nevermind came out then Josef K might as well be Chuck Berry or something.
Can't argue with the points you make '69, but even with those limitations Cumbria, I think, punches well under its weight. I think one of Steps was from Carlisle. And when I was growing up it was a big thing that It Bites were from Egremont.
Yeah some good bands but given the size/population it's a bit weak
But there's no excuse for 'I've not listened to it so it doesn't exist' especially when it's so easy to listen to everything now
we have 60 comment threads about THIS... http://freakytrigger.co.uk/popular/2014/09/911-a-little-bit-more/
I think I can rest my case now ... if the comments can be believed there's only one Cumbrian who has ever had a number one single. And that's Lee Brennan from Steps. And it would also appear I'm also a monumental buffoon for mistaking someone from Steps with someone from 911.
Is there a longer list of good bands from Kent or Surrey or Middlesex or another similar county?
And Fleetwood Mac have sold a few records
(Admittedly Bouth was in Lancashire when she was born, but that's a technicality)
Stealing Sheep are pretty good too
for its size I think Oxford has done pretty well. Its a really small city and has produced Radiohead, Foals, Ride, Supergrass, Stornoway, Swervedriver
Essex has a population of 1.7m. I guess that being quite disparate with no major city it struggle a bit to have a major scene that generates a large amount of musical talent (art scene in Southend, electronica/Jenkinsons in Chelmsford, Canvey pub rock, Basildon electro).
maybe i've just undone my argument.
For obvious reasons.
of course, Iron Monkey were amazing
appear to be the only hit-having Shropshire Lads in history.
js/mark clayden's dad used to be my parents' vicar, back when they still went to church.
Northern Ireland. We have Ash and the Undertones. Not a whole lot more? Tell me i'm wrong.
appeared on Top Of The Pops more times than those two together Id wager. Been going for ever.
they've done some good stuff in their time...
could name more good bands that are pretty unknown but won't bother
Snow Patrol, Two Door Cinema Club and Soak, though i don't like any of them.
General Fiasco were briefly famous enough for their music to pop up in episodes of The Inbetweeners as well. They were utter balls though.
also Thought Forms (are they still around?) and Geisha (may not actually be around any more)
of all time Mondo Dell'Orrore
But its not a really small city. It's a mid size city in the UK.
Geisha are no more to all intents and purposes. Tony has been releasing very good Italo House / Techno as Antoni Maovvi for several years now. They were bloody great though (must have seen them 20 or so times) and all 3 of their albums are worth hearing. Thoughtforms are still around (and still good) but technically a Wiltshire band (although Bristol is their spiritual home I guess)
I think it could have been somewhere like Brighouse, which is technically in Calderdale but near enough to Bradford that it's kind-of adopted.
(I await a parochial put down from an offended Brighousian)
Actually there was a (slightly rubbish) band called that.
Embrace were always referred to as a 'Huddersfield band' back when people used to refer to them at all. According to Wikipedia they're from Bailiff Bridge which actually closer to Halifax, I think.
There was Kiss back in the 70s/80s but that's about it
Pretty much just Shed Seven and the Seahorses.
One of the best Psych bands around
The Cult Of Dom Keller, I Am Lono
But otherwise, yes.
York only has a population of about 200,000 though. Other similar sized places (Swindon, Northampton, Portsmouth, Warrington, Bournemouth, Luton) haven't produced any more
hahaha! Very true about Shropshire. That's for sure. Tom Falater
And Seb Rochford.
But that's pretty much it.
Basically, they were the soundtrack to my twenties. Saw them probably ten times between 2002-2009, and I still adore pretty much everything they've released. Never caught any of the sporadic shows they've done since. I had a ticket to a more recent Xmas gig but food poisoning kept me at home.
THE CLUES ARE THERE, GUYS!!
But no one has ever heard of these bands.