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  • birminghammusicarchive 12:12 pm on June 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    UB40 – I Think It’s Going To Rain Today 

    My last video clip for Brum Music Month is UB40. I found this promo clip and thought immediately that I would play this as the last song.


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  • birminghammusicarchive 4:45 pm on June 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Black Sabbath – Paranoid 

    The end of the month is nearly upon us, you didn’t think I wouldn’t play some Black Sabbath did you?
    Turn up the volume.


    • Paul Long 6:06 pm on June 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Proper. What is great about this clip is how Ozzy’s Brummie accent comes through. And them instruments sound as if they were forged in Aston too!

      Hope that you’ve something big for the end!

  • birminghammusicarchive 9:49 pm on June 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    The Nightingales- Use Your Loaf 

    A favourite of John Peel, Robert Lloyd has been the mainstay of the Nightingales for nearly 30 years. They formed in 1978 from the a previous punk group called The Prefects and had their first release on Rough Trade. They would later go on to start the Vindaloo label which ended up releasing the likes of Fuzzbox and Ted Chippington.


  • birminghammusicarchive 10:03 pm on June 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Modified Toy Orchestra 

    Showing the global reach of Brum musicians here’s a recent Japanese promo video off the lovely and eccentric Modified Toy Orchestra, music made only by the sounds of toys.


    • blah blah blah 7:17 am on June 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      just thought i should point out that hong kong is in china not japan!

      • miss japan 1:49 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        guess its for Hong Kong, not japan

  • birminghammusicarchive 3:18 pm on June 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Denim – Middle Of The Road 

    Another Lawrence penned gem, this time as part of Denim. As @bounder, Jon Bounds and says ‘they should have been the kings of Britpop’


  • birminghammusicarchive 7:44 pm on June 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Ian Campbell Folk Group – Marilyn Monroe 

    Part of the royalty of Birmingham Music, father of Robin, Ail and Duncan of UB40 fame, the Ian Campbell Folk Group played an enormous role in 50’s and 60’s Folk movement and attracted anyone and everyone to Birmingham to hear them and play with them. A real area of civic pride that needs more recognition, a lot of the activity was centered around the Digbeth area with the most famous venue probably being the Jug O’Punch.

    Ian Cambell Folk Group, we salute you!


  • birminghammusicarchive 3:01 pm on June 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Goats Don’t Shave – Pink Cadillac 

    This was suggested by @midge_uk over on Twitter and I have to confess I never knew this resided in Birmingham. Any one care to fill some details in on them?


    • Midge D 3:32 pm on June 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Probably simplest thing to do is to look at their Bio on their old website here… . I first came across them via other excellent Bearwood bands Totally Suspect and Strap On Jack (who to refer to as an R ‘n’ B pub band would do them a massive disservice). Goats had a very Beefheartian sound, with Ewan’s fantastic minimalist angular guitar sound coupled with Ian (now Ian The Goats) frontsmanship (he since went on to work at Butlins and now DJ’s on Aston FM. ‘Halesowen Vampire’,’Bound To Enjoy It’, and ‘Omar Sherif’s’ Moustache’ always kept the crowd on their toes, they still occasionally play and are well worth a gander.

      • Midge D 3:39 pm on June 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        ….oops, forgot to mention that Pink Cadillac was written by Strap On Jack’s Mike Hayes… Long split up but if you ever get a chance to hear some of their stuff don’t pass it up (Mick was one of the finest local blues/RnB guitarists i’ve ever heard period!)

  • birminghammusicarchive 6:10 pm on June 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    The Streets – Heaven For The Weather 

    Mike Skinner was wrongly labeled as a Geezer’ in his early days. He was always so much more than that, a great songwriter who articulated the mundane realities of life with a humour and sophistication that is all too lacking in today’s music.

    This track was from the last album Everything Is Borrowed and is a rather glorious and uplifting song, I remember seeing this performed with a gospel group backing which was rather special.


  • birminghammusicarchive 4:58 pm on June 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Apache Indian – Boom-Shack-A-Lak 

    Another example of the cultural dynamism of Birmingham, one of my favourites, Apache Indian, who, I think, received more recognition outside of his home town which is a shame. At the forefront of the Asian Fusion explosion which exploded a couple of years ago, Apache is an example of the massive impact and heritage we have in the city of Indian music, epitomised by the city being one of the world centres of Bhangra!


    • brian Travers 7:15 am on June 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Love him…knew Steve(thats what his mates call him) when he was first strating out..directed an EPK for him when he was signed to Island…another brummie Gem…..thanks Jez for reminding us all what a treasure trove of multi cultural talent that resides in our fair city…….

  • birminghammusicarchive 4:38 pm on June 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Moorish Delta7 – Art Of Survival 

    Bit of Hip-Hop for Sunday tea? Have a bit of Moorish Delta7!


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