Manchester: Music City

Following on from the success of our Sheffield: Music City feature, our Top 5 Arctic Monkeys and Pulp tracks, we thought we’d bring you another feature on another city steeped in music history, Manchester. For many people, Manchester is THE music city due to the success and popularity of indie giants Oasis, The Smiths and Joy Division to name just a few. The recent Stone Roses reunion has also established them as one of the greatest bands of the generation.

Oasis formed in 1991 with Liam Gallagher firmly at the helm who then invited older brother Noel into the fray. The band went on to have eight UK number one singles, eight UK number one albums and win a hat-full of NME, Q, Brit and MTV awards. The band released their record-setting debut album Definitely Maybe in 1994 which featured cornerstone singles such as ‘Supersonic’, ‘Live Forever’ and View From The Music favourite, ‘Cigarettes and Alcohol’. Riding on the coat-tails of success was Oasis proceeding album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? which safely established the band as one of Britain’s finest and also sparked their rivalry with fellow Brit-pop stars Blur. The album itself could easily make up any authors lists of top tracks with the iconic anthems of ‘Wonderwall’ and ‘Champagne Supernova’ and the rock and roll foot-tapping, head-nodding epic of ‘Roll With It’. The sing-a-long festival exploder ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ also features on the album.

Following a slightly weaker transitional period over the 2000’s the band resurged in popularity in around 2005 until 2009 when the band, to the dismay and disappointment of the masses called it a day after Noel left the band following another dispute with Liam.

Cult indie giants The Smiths also hail from Manchester. Despite never garnering the kind of critical success Oasis did, the band are held very close to many people’s hearts. The band formed in 1982 and broke up just five years later in 1987. However, the band created some of the most well known, instantly recognisable melancholic indie pop that the music business has ever seen. It is largely Morrisey’s yearning vocals and Marr’s strumming skills that make the band as memorable as they are. With popular songs such as ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’, ‘Please Let Me’ and ‘This Charming Man’ still receiving airplay, it is surely only a matter of time until the band reunite for their baying audience.

The future of Manchester’s music scene is also set to be safe with the arrival of the Mutineers. The band are currently serving as something of a ‘best kept secret’, which in our opinion will not last for long as the band are due their shot at the big time! We recently reviewed their album, check it out here.

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2 thoughts on “Manchester: Music City

  1. Oasis, the best Rock’n’roll band ever, Liam a true rock’n’roll star, top singer, him’s vocals on Don’t go away, Champagne Supernova and Slide away are brilliant, attitude and swagger, the best frontman of the all times, Noel, words can’t describe the genius, just thanks for all the perfect songs, the soundtrack of a generation… “Being a Oasis fan is like following a football team, you’re loyal to them for life”

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