Okay – you’ll know by now how this works. You hit me with your four favourite albums on a given topic, I sit and dick about with a spreadsheet for a couple of hours, and then we all get to argue about what is and isn’t eligible until we’re green in the gills, and it’s time to start the process all over again. For this exercise, Albums from or about Birmingham, Wolverhampton, the Black Country and (just for the hell of it) the largest city in Alabama was the type of thing I was after (even if no-one voted for anything from the Yellowhammer State). This left me brutally rejecting nominations for The Specials and Nick Drake – Coventry is Coventry, and Nick Drake wasn’t a brummie. And then there’s the following submission, from @wsmithw, which deserves to win the Let It Bleed award for music-related ingenuity:
You don’t have to be especially eagle-eyed to note that I might just have a little fetish when it comes to one of these four albums. And if it qualified, there’s little doubt that it would have hit the #1 spot (because I’d have rigged the vote if it didn’t win). But alas Rugby stretches the definition of Brum by far too many miles, and one of the cakes was unfortunately returned to sender.
As for the results, I asked an expert in the field for his input – Hup receiving the grand total of three votes:
Miles turned out to be not too far off the money. No mention of Pram, or Plone, or Ted Chippington – these all have to wait until the comments section, where I’ll post the entire voting. The full list also features far too much ELO for my liking, but the top ten:
|1||Handsworth Revolution||by||Steel Pulse|
|3||Searching for the Young Soul Rebels||by||Dexys Midnight Runners|
|4||Ignite the Seven Cannons||by||Felt|
|5||I Just Can’t Stop It||by||The Beat|
|6||Back In Denim||by||Denim|
|7||Black Sabbath||by||Black Sabbath|
|8||Original Pirate Material||by||The Streets|
|9||The Noise Made By People||by||Broadcast|
|10||Master of Reality||by||Black Sabbath|
From which can be distilled: my, you guys don’t half like your Sabbath. Also: there’s a huge amount of love for Handsworth Revolution. Released in 1978 and produced by legendary Bob Marley collaborator Karl Pitterson, it’s not a disc that fails to pull any punches. Reggae that’s intelligently urban – a worthy winner.
Thanks for all your votes. Over the next week I’ll be hunting for your favourite Australian album – which knowing my timeline is equivalent to asking for your favourite Nick Cave record – ho-hum. If you’re new to this, drop me your favourite four – in order – either here in the comments or via @lazerguidedblog. Cheers.