I put together this medley of British music over the last 45 years.
It’s the sort of thing that could do well on YouTube, which is why I did it. I’ve never really made a video with that in mind before, but I need to increase my audience if I’m going to live off music and this seems a good way to do it while still doing something enjoyable. Of course it’ll probably end up doing no better than my other videos! But never mind, it’s worth a try.
The inevitable barrage of comments telling me bands I’ve missed has included David Bowie, Coldplay, Sex Pistols, The Verve, Roxy Music, Nick Drake, Joy Division, New Order, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Massive Attack, Mumford and Sons, Yardbirds, The XX, Art Brut, The Maccabees, Kaiser Chiefs, The Kooks, Air Traffic, Bloc Party, Friendly Fires, Joy Division, The Stranglers, Muse, Buzzcocks, Suede, “Scottish Music” and Chameleon Circuit. Though I think/hope that last one was a joke.
So clearly, you can’t please everybody! Or you could but the song would be measured in hours rather than minutes. Some of those I agree could have been in there, others… Definitely not! But in the end I chose based on a mixture of popularity and importance to British music and also personal preference. Bowie is the most common question mark in the comments, and I know he could easily have been in there, but I’ve never really been into him. It’s not that I don’t like his music, I’ve just never got around to spending some time with his albums. So it’s by no means supposed to represent a definitive list. All the bands had to be important to me as well as to music. Also I probably forgot some. I have iTunes on shuffle and it’s already reminded me I missed Eric Clapton.
Anyway, I tried to keep it to four bands per decade (I thought The Stone Roses song was from their ’89 album!) and I’m pretty happy with it overall.
Hope you like it, if so please share it with your friends!
p.s. You can download an mp3 of the medley here.