Shout out to Manchester

I’ve never been to Manchester; never been out of the States either – unless you count Tiajuana or Niagra Falls. Yeah, I didn’t think so. And from what I understand, Manchester, being a “dreary” industrial town, is not the sort of place you would expect so many bands to come out of; at least not when compared to places like London or Los Angeles or New York. But, Manchester has produced an impressive number of artists; certainly comparable to any of the more “glamorous” cities. This is aside from the well documented “Madchester” dance scene that emerged at the tail end of the 80s and into the early 90s; a scene which is well represented in the movie 24 Hour Party People (which also covers the tragic story of Joy Division and the rise of Factory Records and the Hacienda Club). The bands I mention are more in the alternative or electronic realm, however the town gave rise to classic acts such as Herman’s Hermits, the Hollies, Van der Graaf Generator, 10cc and even Simply Red. Here are my top ten favorite Manchester bands, but check out the whole list:

1. The Chameleons
2. The Smiths
3. Joy Division/New Order
4. Oasis
5. Future Sound of London
6. The Stone Roses
7. 808 State
8. Happy Mondays
9. Lamb
10. the BeeGees (yeah, I said it)

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