101 Songs Birmingham Gave the World

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As part of our making our 101 Things Birmingham Gave the World book, we promised to make an ‘album’ – an album of 101 songs that Birmingham gave the World.

Our rules were simple — the songs couldn’t have existed in this form without the city of Birmingham. That means Brummie songwriters, musicians, instruments, recording studios or subjects. Where the connections are a little more tangential, well we’ll let you work those out, and you can hassle us and each other in the comments. The other rule: it had to be on Spotify, so no Funky Moped, or Brummie moptops The Beatles.

We’re not saying that it’s the best 101 songs that Birmingham has produced*, but it’s a fantastic 6 hour listen — and of course it will finish with Mr Blue Sky.

101 Songs Birmingham Gave The World: Now that’s what I call Paradise Circus.

See the full 101 rundown here:

1

Dexys Midnight Runners – Tell Me When My Light Turns Green

2

The Lilac Time – The Girl Who Waves At Trains

3

Go-Kart Mozart – We’re Selfish And Lazy And Greedy

4

The Wonder Stuff – It’s Yer Money I’m After, Baby

5

The Move – Blackberry Way

6

Swell Maps – Let’s Build A Car

7

The Prefects – Barbarellas

8

Napalm Death – You Suffer

9

Massive Attack – Paradise Circus

10

Stephen Duffy – Kiss Me

11

Fuzzbox – Rockin’ With Rita

12

The Applejacks – Tell Me When

13

Fairport Convention – Walk Awhile

14

Menswear – Being Brave

15

Broadcast – Black Cat

16

Kelli Ali – Willows Song

17

Plone – On My Bus

18

Ian Campbell & Lorna Campbell – I Loved a Lass

19

Stephen Duffy Featuring Nigel Kennedy – Hotle End Hotel

20

Misty’s Big Adventure feat. Noddy Holder – Fashion Parade

21

Justin Hayward – Forever Autumn

22

Paul Jones – I’ve Been a Bad Bad Boy

23

Cliff Richard & The Shadows – Jesus

24

Breakthru – Adventures Highway

25

Duran Duran Featuring Melle Mel & Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – White Lines (Don’t Do It)

26

SpizzEnergi – Where’s Captain Kirk?

27

Fine Young Cannibals – Good Thing

28

Toyah – I Want To Be Free

29

Blue Ox Babes – There’s No Deceiving You

30

Denim – Middle Of The Road

31

Electric Light Orchestra – Showdown

32

Bentley Rhythm Ace – Midlander (There Can Only Be One…)

33

Mousse T. – Horny

34

Slim Whitman – Birmingham Jail

35

Go-Kart Mozart – Mrs. Back To Front And The Bull Ring Thing

36

The Mixtures – Push Bike Song

37

Wizzard – See My Baby Jive

38

Janice Nicholls – I’ll Give It Five

39

The Redcaps – Talkin’ Bout You

40

Fuzzbox – International Rescue

41

The Quads – There Must Be Thousands

42

Marmalade – Ob La Di Ob La Da

43

The Smiths – Panic

44

Pickettywitch – That Same Old Feeling

45

Friends Of The Stars – Dragonfly

46

Adventure Club – The Train

47

Sleeping Through Sunday – Treat ’em mean… Lose ’em

48

Paul Weller – I Walk On Gilded Splinters

49

Plastic Factory – She

50

Ocean Colour Scene – The Riverboat Song

51

The Charlatans – One To Another

52

The Beat – Mirror in the Bathroom

53

Table Scraps – Foot of Our Stairs

54

The Cardigans – Iron Man

55

Traffic – John Barleycorn (Must Die)

56

Harvey Andrews – Good Old Brummagem

57

Malkit Singh – Gur Nalon Ishq Mitha

58

Sneaker Pimps – 6 Underground

59

Cleopatra – Cleopatra’S Theme

60

Jamelia – Superstar

61

Musical Youth – Pass The Dutchie

62

Pato Banton – Don’t Sniff Coke

63

Apache Indian – Boom Shack-A-Lak

64

Duran Duran – Ordinary World

65

Credit to the Nation – Teenage Sensation (12″ Mix)

66

UB40 – One in Ten

67

The Idle Race – Morning Sunshine

68

The Spencer Davis Group – I’m A Man

69

Arbor Lights – El Arborlito

70

The Wonder Stuff – The Size Of A Cow

71

Janice Nicholls – The Wednesbury Madison

72

Broadcast – Come On Let’s Go

73

The Sea Urchins – Pristine Christine

74

Julie Walters – Take A Chance On Me

75

Dexys – Nowhere Is Home

76

Fleetwood Mac – Don’t Stop

77

Nancy Sinatra – Flowers In The Rain

78

Dodgy – Good Enough

79

Pink Floyd – See Emily Play

80

Felt – Primitive Painters

81

Ghosts of Dead Airplanes – …Hair Metal Shame

82

Youth Man – Heavy Rain

83

The Streets – Turn The Page

84

Bosting Steve Austin – The Barry Fry Song

85

Kelly Osbourne – Papa Don’t Preach

86

Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy

87

THUNDERBIRDS – Main Titles

88

Pop Will Eat Itself – Def Con One

89

God Damn – Red Checker

90

Judas Priest – Breaking the Law

91

Black Sabbath – War Pigs

92

King Adora – Smoulder

93

The Streets – Going Through Hell

94

The Nightingales – Crafty Fag

95

Driver 67 – Car 67

96

London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry – Pomp and Circumstance, Op. 39: Land of Hope and Glory

97

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Jerusalem

98

The Moody Blues – Nights In White Satin

99

Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky

100

The Lilac Time – Paradise Circus

101

Cliff Richard & The Shadows – Brumburger (Finale)

*It does contain the best song Birmingham has given the world, of course. But maybe not the worst.

By Howard Wilkinson

Director of Satire, Paradise Circus. Howard adds stability at the top, taking a strategic overview of operations whilst also stepping in from time to time in a caretaker author role.

Director of Satire, Paradise Circus. Howard adds stability at the top, taking a strategic overview of operations whilst also stepping in from time to time in a caretaker author role.

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