This is a blog dedicated to the then vibrant music scene in John Peel’s home town of Liverpool. Where everyone was in a band or knew someone who was. Bands were so fluid that within a year you could find a band member change several times.
Have a good look on this blog there loads of hidden nuggets of history littered all over the place. The names of McCulloch, Wylie, Cope, Simpson and Burns just keep turning up everywhere, the first three formed the legendary ‘Crucial Three‘. This was the town that spawned the cult label Zoo and clubs like Eric’s. Indeed they had such a cool record shop there called Probe it later to help form the Independent Cartel distribution network. I’m sure you could comment on some other artists that I have missed, and if I have then please excuse me for that. Feel free to add a name or two like Cherry Boys, Blue Poland, Icicle Works, Big In Japan, Wild Swans and Come In Tokyo ….
To tie in with this; recently the BBC 6Music radio station broadcast a series ‘Liverpool – New Wave Of Music‘ it’s well worth a listen, narrated by Janice Long. I’ll probably upload them for you to listen at your own leisure soon, so check back on the web site.
Infact today the scene up in the North West still seems just as cool with acts like Get Back Colquitt and Stealing Sheep grabbing my attention. Mathew Street is still the hub of the city’s music scene with a yearly festival. Can I also highly recommend you have a listen to BBC Radio Merseyside David Monk’s show ‘Introducing‘ on Sunday nights 8pm-10pm.
It’s Immaterial – Driving Away From Home (Remix)