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Why has a city of that size not produced more good groups? Can you find you unequivocally like and admire? Wikipedia claims Whitesnake and Wild Beasts are Leeds bands, but that's just rubbish. So sod em. And Embrace were from Huddersfield. So sod em too.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Gang of Four 7
The Mekons 6
The Wedding Present 6
Sisters of Mercy 4
Soft Cell 3
Age of Chance 2
Girls at our Best 2
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry 1
Utah Saints 1
1972 Leeds United squad 1
The Music 1
¡Forward, Russia! 1
Blaggers ITA 1
Kaiser Chiefs 1
Pale Saints 1
The Three Johns 1
The Parachute Men 1
Duels 0
The Pigeon Detectives 0
The Hollow Men 0
Salvation 0
March Violets 0
Manhattan Love Suicides 0
Hadouken! 0
Bridewell Taxis 0
Edsel Auctioneer 0
Abrasive Wheels 0


ithappens, Monday, 28 December 2009 21:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

Mekons vs. Go4.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Monday, 28 December 2009 21:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

voted Mekons but looked for Vibracathedral Orchestra & Delta 5

Snop Snitchin, Monday, 28 December 2009 21:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

WEDDOS~!

Christmas With Mark Hollis (King Boy Pato), Monday, 28 December 2009 22:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

As usual jazz doesn't get a look in. Ever heard of Hession/Wilkinson/Fell, Leeds-based and one of the most incendiary free jazz power trios ever?

anagram, Monday, 28 December 2009 22:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

Girls At Our Best!, because Gang of Four don't need another vote. Honourable mention to the Weddoes. Delta 5, though?

verhexen, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 00:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

Boyracer! Scritti Politti! But I'll take their absence if that's what it takes to also keep Chumbawamba off the pitch. Nobody's gonna vote for Abrasive Wheels, so I might have to. "Burn 'em Down" is pretty classic. But obviously Gang of 4 is the high-water mark.

Michael Train, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 02:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

This poll has absolutely no credibility without Hood, sorry

HELLO MY NAME IS TWILIGHT AND I AM A DRACULA (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 06:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

loll the first thing i thought scanning the list was 'where's hood?'

tacoma chameleon (electricsound), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 06:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

gonna vote for the parachute men instead

tacoma chameleon (electricsound), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 06:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'm gonna vote for someone crass in protest. How can you include the monuments to earlessness that are Hadouken! and The Pigeon Detectives, and leave out Hood? How?

HELLO MY NAME IS TWILIGHT AND I AM A DRACULA (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 06:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

Who?

sarahel, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 07:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

Sorry about omission of Delta 5. It's a post-punk scandal.

ithappens, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 09:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

I must own up to never having heard of Hood, though.

ithappens, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 09:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

And I never knew Scritti were formed in Leeds. Always thought of them as a Camden squat band.

ithappens, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 09:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

rectify that shit, they have an immense body of work with many many high points

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tacoma chameleon (electricsound), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 09:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

Having investigated further I see Scritti didn't become Scritti until they moved to Camden, so that excusion is justified.

ithappens, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 09:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

Thank you; will do.

ithappens, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 09:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

IMO this is their most essential record: http://www.last.fm/music/Hood/Rustic+Houses+Forlorn+Valleys

Outside Closer also has some truly wondrous moments. But yeah. Search everything.

HELLO MY NAME IS TWILIGHT AND I AM A DRACULA (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 09:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

Hey, where is The Mission Spoonfed Hybrid?

We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 10:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

age of chance of course

mark e, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 10:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

In Leeds Museum there's a couple of Soft Cell LPs on display to celebrate the city's music. My vote goes to the Lorries.

mmmm, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 13:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

No Hood AND no Cavil ...

djh, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 14:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

And no Bear.

djh, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 14:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

It's not a poll of, you know, EVERY act that ever set foot in Leeds ... No Mr Peculiar either, and they released one single on Lust in 1989.

ithappens, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 14:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

Oh, and Boyracer are from Wetherby, not Leeds.

ithappens, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 14:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

Where the fuck are BILGE PUMP?

emil.y, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 15:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

1) Mekons, 2) Wedding Present, 3) Pale Saints, for me.

(I'm not sure if any of them are actually 'from' Leeds, or if the groups just formed there out of students who'd come to Leeds)

FIFA Brutish & Short (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 19:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

All students (true of almost all those bands), but as long as group was formed in Leeds and based in Leeds for some part of their career, I'll take them.

ithappens, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 19:03 (4 years ago) Permalink


I'm gonna vote for someone crass in protest. How can you include the monuments to earlessness that are Hadouken! and The Pigeon Detectives, and leave out Hood? How?

― HELLO MY NAME IS TWILIGHT AND I AM A DRACULA (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 06:17 (12 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Who?

― sarahel, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 07:22 (11 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Actually, my current favourite musical argument is that Hood (folksy but very mysterious indie band) are England's national answer to Black Metal, especially from the mid-90's onwards. The comparison is extremely seductive.

― country matters, Monday, 27 July 2009 23:15 (5 months ago)

Pfunkboy : The Dronelord vs The Girly Metal Daleks (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 19:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

have seen Mekons play 25-30x, so...

Rage, Resentment, Spleen (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 19:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

Hood are great! The noisy early stuff like cabled linear traction, silent '88, and the ep with 'biochemistry revision can wait' have a special place in my heart. From this list I'll go for The Wedding Present.

cajunsunday, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 19:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

ogmor, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 19:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

Weren't LFO also students at Leeds when they met/started?

Why has a city of that size not produced more good groups?

It's done pretty nicely in the 00s at the "underground" toilet venue circuit level. Over the past decade I have immensely enjoyed Bilge Pump, Quack Quack, randomNumber and Chops, and I'm sure I'm missing a few. I have also tried hard to enjoy Vibracathedral Orchestra and on occasion managed it.

But from that list, it's between the Wedding Present and Gang of Four. Teenage nostalgia probably gives it to the Weddoes (that and the suspicion that Go4 don't need any help).

brett favre vs bernard fevre, fite (a passing spacecadet), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 21:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

Between the Three Johns and the Sisters for me. Saw the Johns many times and they were always great, saw the Hussey-era sisters and they were just dull, but strangely, I find myself leaning towards the Sisters. Goth nostalgia and that initial run of EPs and singles.

Soukesian, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 21:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

Leeds underground has definitely been decent. I've made very little effort w/Vibracathedral and still really enjoyed them, Astral Social Club too. They get my vote.

ogmor, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 21:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

Duh, Polaris

Joe Pass Filter (MaresNest), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 22:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

God, I've got a BIlge Pump single. A split seven inch of Modern Lovers covers. Completely forgot about them. Will definitely investigate Hood properly though, given the love they're getting on this thread.

ithappens, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 22:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

Oh, and thought LFO were South Yorks. Certainly I was living in Leeds when they first started out, and they were always associated with the Leadmill rather than the Warehouse. Think Nightmares on Wax might have been Leeds, though I may be mistaken.

ithappens, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 22:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 3 January 2010 00:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 4 January 2010 00:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

gosh.
i wasn't alone.
re NoW : a leeds set up - they used to run the decks at the glorious Downbeat club in 86/87, and hang out with AoC before all the Warp stuff took off ..

mark e, Monday, 4 January 2010 09:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

mmmm, Sunday, 19 February 2012 14:23 (2 years ago) Permalink


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