When lyrics are close to home

We have a lyrical treat on this week’s Bradford Beat – a special feature on songs which namecheck Bradford!

Inspired by the Wild Beasts’ latest single All The King’s Men, which includes  line about “girls from Shipley”, we’ve been rummaging through the archives to find other references to places in or around Bradford in other songs.

So far we’ve come up with tracks by Ooberman, New Model Army and The Negatives – but there may be many more out there that we haven’t come across yet.

If you know of any, let us know by emailing simon.ashberry@bcbradio.co.uk

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2 thoughts on “When lyrics are close to home

  1. avatarAndy O'Brien

    All The Way From Memphis by Mott The Hoople, Ooh Wakka-Doo-Wakka-Day by Gilbert O’Sullivan and My Pink Half Of The Drainpipe by The Bonzo Dog Band. These probably wouldn’t sit comfortably in a Bradford Beat playlist, though (in fact that Gilbert O’Sullivan track doesn’t sit comfortably anywhere).

  2. avatarPhil

    and don’t forget the excellent “Ghosts of American Astronauts” by the Mekons and surely the perennial Bradfordian anthem “We’re From Bradford (not from London)” by The Negatives . A punk classic

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