It’s usual practice for me and my mate Andy to publish our annual conference playlist, based on our Top Ten songs from the city where the conference is being held. Well, I say usual practice, we did it for Manchester. Spoilt for choice. I’m not sure we have ever managed to come up with a Top Ten for Brighton, and as for Bournemouth…. Has there ever been a band from Bournemouth?*
This year’s Labour conference will be held in Liverpool, so I’ve decided to crowd-source a Top Ten from musically-inclined Labour MPs. I may ban the Beatles. Watch this space. (Oh, and I’m almost certainly going for the Bunnymen).
*I’ve been Googling…. Alex James, Andy Summers, Amy Studt and Al Stewart all originated from Bournemouth. And if we’re talking conference venues we could also bring Blackpool into it… Pet Shop Boys, Soft Cell, Section 25, Motorhead, early Jethro Tull, Little Boots, George Formby (so I’m told by Mr John Robb who is far too modest to mention Blackpool’s finest, the mighty Membranes!)