Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Ready Reckoner

Seeing as an association with Mancunian bands, not necessarily good, is de rigueur for many bands from within a certain ring-road always tends to gravitate to one small pocket of Wilson...

Don't worry. Help is at hand. If you're young, you've been hoodwinked into thinking that Manchester only spawned groups from the baggy period and Factory Records. Even Oasis had a songwriter who was a roadie for the Inspiral Carpets.

Here's a list of other Manc' bands you can use as throwaway influences:

The Hollies, The Bee Gees, Herman's Hermits, Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders, Freddie and the Dreamers, Barclay James Harvest, 10cc, Cleopatra, Autechre, Lamb, Davy Jones, The Purple Gang, Jim Noir, Sad Cafe, Slaughter and the Dogs, Take That, the Hallé Orchestra, Victor Brox, Sirconical, Sam and the Plants...

...and there's a whole load more. Feel free to add your own. Unless you're a lazy twat, in which case, just say 'Stone Roses' or 'Joy Division'.


  1. Great blog. As a Mancunian myself I thought I was the only one who thought like this. It is true we need to move on. There is so much great stuff going on in the city overshadowed by Factory. It not what you know its who you know has never been more apt.

  2. Stack Waddy. Tractor. The Nosebleeds. Tools You Can Trust. Muslimgauze. King of the Slums. World of Twist. Kaliphz. Polythene. JackieO. Disco Operating System. Rocketfield. Mum & Dad. Black Curtain. MildManJan. V/Vm / Leyland Kirby. Stock, Hausen & Walkman. Speedranch ^ Jansky Noise. Tsuji Giri. Danny Saul. Stray Light. LoneLady (more in common with PJ Harvey than JoyDiv). Atavist. The Freezing Fog. Beach Fuzz. Solar Fire Trio. Kalbakken. Stuckometer. Broke'n'£nglish. Cats in Paris.

    Oh, & The Fall.

  3. v/vm were from Stockport. I tried to book them for Night and Day once and they told me to fuck off for being a 'Manc Andy Votel arse kissing cunt fucking idiot'
    (I've never met / bought anything by Andy Votel)
    Maybe not the best example.

  4. Sorry you had a bad experience with V/Vm, Anna Nimmoti. At least they made properly disruptive noises instead of "talking a good record but making mouldy old dough."

    WordVeri: popteds

  5. 'Lionel Glitchie' still clears dancefloors. In a good way.

  6. Jubilee/The Whyers/Rubber Orange