Top 5 bands from Birmingham
Co-producer of Cat’s Cabinet of Curiosities. general comedy/films/music person.
Musician, writer and improv comedian Tom Clabon joins Mark to fight about which of Birmingham’s bands are best, and possibly what the word “definitive” means.
And by Birmingham, we mean Birmingham. The proper one, in the UK.
Tom has performed in bands (like Bussy), and like Mark knows the pain of publishing music to Bandcamp to little fanfare. But they’re both absolutely not bitter about it. Tom also presented Indie Mixtape on local station Brum Radio.
The pair share gig-playing memories, the venues they’ve nearly been thrown out of (Mark), and the ones they’ve scammed their way into (Tom’s dad).
If you’ve heard of the majority of Tom’s picks, then you already know more about Birmingham’s music scene in 2019 than Mark does. If you’ve heard of the majority of Mark’s picks, then you’re a granddad and death will claim you soon.
Also, Mark tries to coin a phrase for the pro-life movement, but doesn’t do a good job, and Tom threatens to give Mark a weird handshake.
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- Dexys Midnight Runners
- Duran Duran
- Editors (we ❤️ throaty men)
- Rhino and the Ranters
- Independent Country
- Pram (it’s not a theremin)
- The Streets (Mark doesn’t like them)
- Spencer Davis Group
- Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam
- The Move
- Black Sabbath
- Fine Young Cannibals
- Steel Pulse
- Musical Youth
- The Beat
- The Electric Swing Circus
- Napalm Death
- The Twang
- Bentley Rhythm Ace
In order of discussion:
Tom saw two members of this indie four-piece play when he was learning to be a sound engineer.
This Krautrock project just about makes the definition of “band”, but deserves notoriety for interestingness and reflective lyrics.
Expect combinations of sounds you won’t hear elsewhere, from this neo-folk five-piece.
This noisy garage punk band make Tom’s list because they’re really, really good to listen to.
In order of discussion:
Mark argues that Alan Partridge favourite ELO is deserving of a high place as an innovative and inspirational band. It’s worth noting that the song Livin’ Thing is not political.
Currently an eight-piece, but occasionally fluctuating in size, Misty’s are an eclectic and compelling listen, and personal favourites of Mark for the last 20 years. Also Dave Gorman likes them.
This three-piece 60s prog rock band hit the big time back in the day but don’t make a lot of noise about it, or so says Mark.