Labour conference: the soundtrack

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!)

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  • ridavaquas  On August 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    I am going to find a band from Bournemouth now.

  • Simon Hartley  On August 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Half Man Half Biscuit and, controversially, the Stone Roses

    • kerrymccarthy  On August 28, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      Why the Stone Roses? Was one of them from Merseyside? (I suppose they did have a song called Mersey Paradise!)

      • Quietzaple  On August 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm

        Stone Roses were massive in urban Cheshire.

  • thebristolblogger  On August 30, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Excellent. A rare opportunity to mention that Liverpool classic ‘Dad on fire’ by Dalek I Love You. Vote now Labour MPs!

    • kerrymccarthy  On August 30, 2011 at 6:42 pm

      Remember this LP

      • thebristolblogger  On August 30, 2011 at 8:08 pm

        If you can get the Labour PLP to vote Big in Japan’s Suicide-a-go-go as one of the top ten records to have come out of Liverpool you might have a career-defining moment on your hands.

      • kerrymccarthy  On August 30, 2011 at 11:08 pm

        I’m working on getting the NEC to arrive on stage to the sounds of KLF’s ‘Justified and Ancient’, preferably in an actual ice-cream van. So it’s still Bill Drummond…

  • thebristolblogger  On August 31, 2011 at 7:13 am

    How about issuing them all with a copy of ‘The Manual: how to run a country the easy way’?

    1. Go on the dole …

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