Well, here they are – the very best tracks ever produced by artists from Bradford (in our humble opinion).
And, our opinion being really very humble indeed, we want to hear from you about any glaring omissions, Let me know what we’ve unforgivably missed out by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
1 Embrace – All You Good Good People
2 Ooberman – Sugar Bum
3 New Model Army – Smalltown England
4 Terrorvision – My House
5 The Word – Wide Awake
6 Whiter than – Note To Self
7 Bobby Charltons – Hole In The Sky
8 Poppy Factory – 7×7
9 The Invaders – Girl’s In Action
10 Zed – Easy Does It
We also played the following:
The Delvaux – Spider’s Bride
Jimmy Ruffin – What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted?
Saint Saviour – Let It Go
and you can listen again to the show here.
Gary Cavanagh will be chatting about the second volume of his book Bradford’s Noise of the Valleys on next week’s Bradford Beat.
Tune in from 8pm – 9pm on Thursday 9 December to hear how he’s getting on tracking down bands from the 1988-98 era.
It’s a must listen for gigging musicians of that period!
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We’ll also be kicking off the first part of this year’s Christmas Countdown, our choice of the best 20 tracks of the year.
Before then, there’ll be a repeat of our Justin Sullivan interview from 8pm – 9pm on Thursday 2 December.
Bradford Beat’s recent hour-long interview with Justin Sullivan will be repeated by popular demand.
The show, in which Justin chats about the band’s 30th anniversary, will go out again on Thursday, 2 December.
That means the start of this year’s Christmas Countdown (our choice of the top 20 tracks of the year) will be put back by a week to 9 December.
The playlist for Bradford Beat on Thursday 18 November is:
New Model Army – Stranger
Archie Bronson Outfit – Chunk
Glissando – The Long Lost
We Are Scientists – I Don’t Bite
Talk To Angels – He Loves Cilla
Being 747 – Bodybuilding
The National – Conversation 16
The Xx – VCR
Whole Sky Monitor – My Regeneration
Vampire Weekend – Cousins
No Eager Men – Outlaw
Arcade Fire – Rococco
JD and Panther – When The Pressure’s On
New York Alcoholic Anxiety Attack – Lullaby Us
A treat is in store next week for fans of New Model Army.
The Bradford band’s frontman is in the studio for an hour-long Bradford Beat special looking at their 30-year career.
During the in-depth interview, Justin looks back at New Model Army’s early days and talks about their mixed experiences with major record labels as well as some of their favourite places to play around the world.
We also play tracks from a new 30-track anthology being released to mark the band’s 30th anniversary.
Don’t miss our New Model Army special on Bradford Beat, Thursday 11 November from 8pm to 9pm on BCB 106.6FM.
And here’s a catch-up of the tracks played on this week’s show (4 November):
Tricky – Murder Weapon
AFS – Unite
Trespassers William – I Could Go Back
Gruff Rhys – Shark-Riddled Waters
Being 747 – The Microscopic Universe
Talk To Angels – Off The Radar (BCB session)
Broken Social Scene – Forced To Love
Disco Machine Gun – Shoot To Kill
The Walkmen – Angela Surf City
Whole Sky Monitor – Ten Floors
Creole Choir of Cuba – Chen Nan Ren
Siren – Billy The Pig (live)
The Go-Team – T.O.R.N.A.D.O.
State of Error – Audience of None
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 includesÂ 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 email@example.com
You can listen to the show from 8pm – 9pm on Thursday, 21 October.
After a typically quiet post-Christmas period on the live music scene, things are finally looking up.
And on this week’s Bradford Beat we’ve been looking ahead to some of the imminent West Yorkshire gig highlights.
One band I’m definitely going to see are Sunshine Underground at the Leeds Academy on Feb 19.
Before then is a gig by on Feb 6 at the Leeds Cockpit by Detroit Social Club who were on the bill at last year’s Bingley Music Live with TSU.
Other touring bands to watch out for include The Maccabees, Passion Pit, New Model Army, The XX and The Editors (the latter playing St George’s Hall in Bradford on March 8).
The first five tracks of Bradford Beat’s annual Christmas Countdown have been revealed.
For several years the show has marked the festive season with a rundown of our favourite 20 tracks of the past 12 months.
So far, the 2009 Christmas Countdown reads as follows:
16 The Very Best – Warm Heart of Africa
17 Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes
18 Prom Knight – Counter Intelligence
19 Scaramanga Six – Misadventure
20 New Model Army – Autumn
Five further tracks will be played over each of the next three weeks, with the number one being unveiled on Christmas Eve.
Bradford Beat is on BCB 106.6FM on Thursdays from 8pm-9pm and repeated Sunday 7pm-8pm.
Feeling nostalgic this week with the likes of Magazine, the Only Ones and Public Image Ltd all reformed and on telly or coming on tour to West Yorkshire shortly.
Chiming in with that theme, the latest edition of Bradford Beat (on air 8pm Oct 22 and 7pm Oct 25) features a classic Echo and the Bunnymen track plus music from iLiKETRAiNS, Roger Davies, New Model Army, Scaramanga Six, Julian Casablancas, New York Alcoholic Anxiety Attack, Blues Roses and even Raging Slab…