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The Most English of Bands and Songs


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No Specials?

I only picked the 1st album up late last year after hearing 'Stupid Marriage' on a Mark Lemar shown on BBC Radio 2 and loved it.

It's dripping in English tunes though, like 'Monkey Man'...."This ont's fur all da bouncers...big, big, monket man!" :ph34r:

However 'Too Much Too Young' is exemplary, it's still accutely relevant!

Jerry Dammers / Lloyd Charmers

You've done too much

much too young

Now you're married with a kid

when you could be having fun with me

oh no, no gimme no more pickni

You've done too much

much too young

Now you're married with a son

when you should be having fun with me

we don't want, we don't want

we don't want no more pickni

Ain't he cute?

No he ain't

He's just another burden

on the welfare state

You've done too much

much too young

Now you're married with a kid

when you could be having fun with me

no gimme,no gimme,no gimme no more pickni

Call me immature

Call me a poser

I'd love to spread manure in your bed of roses

Don't want to be rich

Don't want to be famous

But I'd really hate to have the same name as you

(you silly moo)

You've done too much

much too young

Now you're married with a kid

when you could be having fun with me

gi we de birth control, we no want no pickni

You've done too much

much too young

Now you're chained to the cooker

making currant buns for tea

oh no, no gimme no more pickni

Ain't you heard of the starving millions

Ain't you heard of contraception

Do you really a program of sterilization

Take control of the population boom

It's in your living room

Keep a generation gap

Try wearing a cap

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No Specials?

Er, yes, Little Bitch in my post earlier.

The Kinks, Madness and Ian Dury are my nominations.

English through and through :D

linkster, I'm not sure if Madness' "Disappear" is the best example of their Britishness, but I'll let you off as it's such a cracking song. :ph34r:

Rob

Well there's more on the nose examples of course

Summer in london, watery sunshine,

A place in the city where I can go sometimes.

To get on a red bus and go anywhere,

See all the sights and not pay the fare,

Summer in london.

Chip on your shoulder, chips in your mouth,

Can you see the old lady, with tickets to tout.

Getting the tourists into their traps,

Taking their money, the shirts off their backs,

Summer in london.

To get in a taxi and go anywhere,

Jump out at the park and not pay the fare.

Watch speakers corner, listen to their talk,

Eating their ice creams, going for a walk.

Summer in london, the weather man said,

Waking up late, got to get out of bed.

So much to do, got to go everywhere

A day on the town and not pay the fare.

Riots in london.

But Disappear does it for me.

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Billy Bragg gives lefty wankers everywhere a bad name.

Like fuck he does. At least he's consistent in his views unlike the majority of people on this forum. Plus he's a really nice bloke! And the majority of his songs aren't really overtly left-wing/political... </stickingupforbragg>

The Kinks are who spring to mind for me and there's been tonnes of great suggestions in here. Anything Paul Weller's done has been brilliantly English. Well, most of this thread is basically 'British' as Belle & Sebastian etc. have been nominated and they could only have come out of this island - doesn't really matter about specific countries. We must be the only place that Musical Youth could be knocked off the top of the chart by Culture Club. Wonderful.

Also, how about Black Sabbath, Judas Priest et al? ELO? Pink Floyd? etc...

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I really hate it when people bang on about London-centric "let's go to Waterloo and look at the sunset and then to Tesco to buy some value beans and smoke crack in our council flat" being really English. It's such romanticised bullshit.

Couldn't agree more - see previous post of mine on this topic.

If I had to point the finger of blame at anyone for cobblers like that: Lilly Allen.

I'll say again : Half Man Half Biscuit, you don't get more English than that.

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I always think XTC are one of the most quintessential 'English sounding' bands.

Not really sure why.

An extraordinarily good call - possibly the only not blatently obvious answer in the thread, and at the same time you've nailed it. Well done, sir!

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someone else beat me to it but i'm surprsied it hasn't had more mentions :-

Black Box Recorder

England Made Me (Haines & Moore)

I trapped a spider underneath a glass

I kept it for a week to see how long he'd last

He stared right back at me, he thought that he could win

We played a waiting game, he thought that I'd give in

England made me

England made me

I had a dream last night that I was drunk

I killed a stranger and left him in a trunk

At Brighton railway station it was an unsolved case

A famous murder mystery, people love a mystery

England made me

England made me

England made me

England made me

I need my privacy, I lead a secret life

Sleep with the enemy and then betray both sides

I travelled all my life but never got away

From the killing job and the garden shed

England made me

England made me

England made me

England made me

England made me

England made me

(I called to say: I love you, I love you, I love you)

England made me

but this is my choice, and Haines's masterpiece

The Auteurs

The Upper Classes

Some of the clothes you stole from your lovers home

Make you glow in the dark - make you light up

The room on your own

Formative years were a drag

but we passed the time somehow

I'm in cahoots with the upper classes now

Put it all in a trust fund

She can't touch `till she's twenty one

Amazing the cruel hand of fate

A tax loss against the state

You had to move three times this year

I'd rather be any where but here

The champagne highs and the giddy lights

- Are paradise

House guest is here

can't believe that the vanishing point appeared

Can hardly believe - people live in houses behind the trees

Formative years were a drag

but we passed the time somehow

I'm in cahoots with the upper classes now

That cunt's really got it sussed

Selling wine, selling drugs

You can get so far with a perishing wit

But the money's in trust - isn't it?

What treasures can you you hold and name

You don't have the right face

But the champagne highs and the giddy lights

- Are paradise

Some of your friends, from your other life

Just don't belong

They're crude and they're plain

It's not their fault it's the world they're from

(And) you can't come here no more

Unless you use the tradesmans door

There's nothing wrong with inherited wealth

If you melt the silver - yourself

Put it all in a trust fund

She's an heiress at twenty one

The champagne highs and the giddy lights

- Paradise

Some of the clothes you stole from your lovers home

Are better than the clothes we stole from the Shops on your own

Formative years were a drag but we passed

The time somehow

I'm in cahoots

with the upper classes now...

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