Friday 26 September 2014

Manchester Music: My Favourite Artists.


I've not been feeling very well this week but sleeping it off every evening when I get home so I've been a little quiet on here.

Today I wanna share my favourite music with you guys. I actually started this list with different intentions but it got too long and I couldn't choose who to cut out! It's such a hard thing to choose 'favourites' when I listen to such a broad amount of music and genres.

One theme that did occur in my favourite tastes was a huge Manchester influence from the 80's and early 90's. My Dad is from Manchester so half of my family live there, my fondest memories as a child was about twice a year we would go up there to see my family and it was always my favourite place ever. If I ever decided to move from Cardiff (which is actually what is stopping me from buying property here) I would go to Manchester in a heartbeat.

When I was a tiny child I used to love going driving around or just sitting with my Dad blasting 'his' music on a Saturday morning and its 100% what has influenced my musical loves now although I ended up finding my own path with it. As I started my list the Manchester theme was strong so I thought I'd continue with it and share my favourite Manc bands. Even on of my favourite songs, I'm Not In Love by 10cc (see below) is from a Manchester band too.

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The Stone Roses.
Probably my ultimate favourite now, 'Manchester's finest' as my Dad labels them and they really are. I can listen to their debut 1989 self-titled album on repeat and love every single song. A rare thing for me not to dislike at least 1 song. I got to see them live last year and it was one of the best experiences of my life.

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The Chameleons.
I was actually introduced to these by my boyfriend 2 years ago. They are an amazing band who have slipped under the radar of popular Manchester music form that era however I recommend them highly! Last November we even flew out to Berlin to holiday with friends and see The Chameleons and this year his band got to support them in Cardiff and I got to meet the singer Mark Burgess, who was lovely! We are going to see them again in December twice - in Manchester ;) 

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Probably Manchesters most famous/infamous. I'm one of those people who only LOVES 'Definitely, Maybe' and 'What's the Story Morning Glory' but the other albums I can only bear a few songs. They went downhill sad to say HOWEVER Noel Gallagher remains one of my fave people (hearing him from the old Russel Brand radio shows made me love him so much) and I actually didn't mind High Flying Birds. If they reunite I will be first in line for a ticket.

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The Smiths
This is where me and my dad disagreed - he hated Morrissey (until we went to see him in 2014 and he was won over) but loved Johnny Marr's music. The Smiths for me were my teenage years. From about 12 years old it was all I listened too. Sadly I don't think I'll ever see them reunited, however I've seen Mozza live 3 times now and I wanted to see Morrissey in December however Ross is away in Europe on tour :( 

Other Manchester greats include Joy Division, New Order and of course The Happy Mondays 

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'Pills, Thrills and Bellyaches' and 'Hallelujah' always get me revved up for a night out ;p

So how are your favourite artists? I love so many more but I thought I'd stick to this era/genre and maybe do another post on some different genres soon :)

Take Care

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  1. What a wonderful post you've made here, and you've listed some excellent bands that I often forget about. When I think of Manchester music, the first thing that springs to mind is Oasis. They simply were a juggernaut of a band.

    But putting their music aside, they presented an idea of Manchester that isn't always as prominent these days. To me, that's the idea that the everyday working man and woman can escape the 9-5 grind and reach heights they've always yearned for.

    I suppose these days it's so much easier to listen to such a vast amount of different bands that there will probably never be another Oasis. Back then I'd find bands from listening to the radio and taping them onto a cassette tape, and then later on I'd find them through music channels. Still, Oasis remain a staple of my music collection to this day, and I certainly hope they'll get back together at some point in time.

    I look forward to reading some more of your posts. Feel free to head on over to my blog about Manchester at any time!

    All Things Manchester - A comprehensive guide

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