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Any Major London Vol. 3

Any Major London Vol. 3

This is the third London mix, which I hope will receive a less muted reception than the Swinging London edition did. The astute readers who know London, or are keen students of the Underground map, will spot a sequence set entirely in North London: Holloway, Kentish Town, Tottenham, Archway, Hampstead and Camden Town.

This volume also answers three essential questions: which Madness and Clash songs will feature in this series, and (having featured The Kinks in Volume 2) which cover of Waterloo Sunset I’ll choose. I think I went for two less expected songs for Madness and The Clash. I think jazz pianist Joe Stilgoe’s cover of The Kinks’ song is an interesting interpretation.

The mix starts with the theme of the early ’90s comedy series Bottom (set in Hammersmith), a Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson vehicle which has not, truth be told, aged very well. The theme is a cover of B.B. King”s BB’s Blues, performed by The Bum Notes, a jazz group of which Edmondson is a member (they also played the closing theme, a cover of The Mar-Keys’ Last Night).

As always, the mix is timed to fit in a standard CD-R, and includes covers. PW in comments.

1. The Bum Notes – Theme from ‘Bottom’ (1991)
2. Blossom Dearie – I Like London In The Rain (1970)
3. Procol Harum – Souvenir Of London (1973)
4. Joe Jackson – Down To London (1980)
5. Lloyd Cole and the Commotions – Charlotte Street (1984)
6. The Men They Couldn’t Hang – Blackfriars Bridge (1989)
7. The Popes – Holloway Boulevard (2000)
8. Imelda May – Kentish Town Waltz (2010)
9. Robb Johnson & The Irregulars – When Tottenham Burned (2011)
10. Cath Carroll & Kerry Kelekovich – Moon Over Archway (2010)
11. The Dream Academy – Hampstead Girl (1987)
12. Louis Philippe – Sunday Morning Camden Town (1989)
13. Dan Reed Network – Seven Sisters Road (1989)
14. T.Rex – London Boys (1976)
15. Mott the Hoople – The Saturday Gigs (1974)
16. Dave Edmunds – London’s A Lonely Town (1976)
17. Madness – Victoria Gardens (1984)
18. The Clash – First Night Back In London (1982)
19. Ian Dury and the Blockheads – My Old Man (1977)
20. The Smiths – Half A Person (1986)
21. Belle & Sebastian – Mornington Crescent (2006)
22. Joe Stilgoe – Waterloo Sunset (2012)



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  1. halfhearteddude
    June 27th, 2013 at 07:11 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. Trod
    June 27th, 2013 at 15:22 | #2

    Nice selections, most I haven’t heard.

    How is “Any Major Soul 1969” coming along?

  3. halfhearteddude
    June 27th, 2013 at 22:26 | #3

    Any Major Soul 1969 will run in two volumes. The first of them will go up in July.

  4. June 27th, 2013 at 22:58 | #4

    Nice one. Joe Jackson’s ‘Down to London’ is a very evocative song. I saw him at Hammersmith Odeon in ’89 where he played Blaze of Glory in its entirety, c/w segue intros/outros. First time I’d seen anyone play a full album back to back and in the right order. This collection will be on my ipod tomorrow – thank you.

  5. Richard O
    June 28th, 2013 at 12:27 | #5

    Nice choice, thanks a lot.

    By the way, I was looking to try a couple more of your history of country selections but the links to number 18 are dead.

  6. RonNasty64
    June 29th, 2013 at 18:23 | #6

    I was holding out for Dave Edmunds on the Any Major London Christmas Edition.

  7. halfhearteddude
    June 30th, 2013 at 14:31 | #7

    I’ll update the links over the next few days. Volumes 1-13 are up now.

  8. July 18th, 2013 at 15:58 | #8

    My comment about Joe Jackson in the 1st London volume has been answered properly.

    I`ve downloaded this for my afternoon jogging.

  9. Mr K
    August 30th, 2013 at 09:43 | #9

    Just discovered this excellent site – I have created a London playlist from your suggestions, adding only Pulp’s “Mile End”. Also love the JJ choice – I think Blaze of Glory is an underrated album, I’ve always been rather fond of it.


  10. August 4th, 2015 at 08:25 | #10

    The well hasn’t run dry yet – far from it. Al Stewart’s “Soho Needless To Say” and “Swiss Cottage Manoeuvres” for a start. Then there’s Kirsty MacColl’s “Soho Square”, and many more – Wikipedia has an extensive list of songs about London.

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