Song lyrics about Brixton/Lambeth

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. isvicthere?

    isvicthere? a.k.a. floppybollocks

    For example, "Reachin'" which mentions Brixton and Josephine Avenue.
     
  2. Dr Nookie

    Dr Nookie Well-Known Member

    Actually he did record a song about Brixton under his real name Ram John Holder! And mighty fine it is too!

     
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  3. RaverDrew

    RaverDrew self-banned for a bit R.I.P.

    Yeah I know, the tune was embedded in my original post, but seems to have since been removed from youtube.
     
  4. Dr Nookie

    Dr Nookie Well-Known Member

    Ooh sorry!
     
  5. isvicthere?

    isvicthere? a.k.a. floppybollocks

    In fact, I would venture that there is very likely no district of a city anywhere as celebrated as Brixton in songs.
     
  6. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

    Now that's a challenge. Do the New York boroughs (or boros) count? There are a billion songs that mention Manhattan or Brooklyn, but if we rule those out and stick to districts in the way Brixton is a district, you may have a point.

    Hip-hop might put South Central or Compton up there. Greenwich Village must make plenty of appearances across genres. Camden and (London's) Chelsea must crop up a fair bit for local competition.

    Ah wait. Hollywood and Beverly Hills are going to give you a problem here.
     
  7. Reno

    Reno The In Kraut

    "Electric Avenue" by Eddie Grant :hmm:
     
  8. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    Districts of Kingston (Jamaica) would probably give it a go:

    Trenchtown
    Waterhouse aka Firehouse
    Greenwich Town
    Jungle aka Dungle
    Rema
    Tivoli Gardens
    August Town
     
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  9. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

    It is Hollywood though isn't it? It's got to be?
     
  10. Phill

    Phill Member

    Mentions in Goldie - Inner City Life (Goes to Miami Mix) and Amy Winehouse - Me and Mr Jones
     
  11. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    just found this while meandering through some ska / reggae on mew tube

    Brixton Reggae Festival, The Setters

     
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  12. isvicthere?

    isvicthere? a.k.a. floppybollocks

  13. danski

    danski Comfortable chair.

  14. savoloysam

    savoloysam Won an argument on the internetz once.

  15. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    also found jimmy cliff's version of guns of brixton

     
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  16. ChromaticMind

    ChromaticMind New Member

    When I saw this thread, I had to post this!

    (from Wikipedia)
    With a nod to The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St., Brixton-based band Alabama 3 named their debut album Exile on Coldharbour Lane after the road. Although Woke Up This Morning on this album mentions Coldharbour Lane, the mention is omitted from the "Chosen One Mix", used as the theme song for The Sopranos.

     
  17. boohoo

    boohoo No.

    Florrie Forde (music hall star of Brixton road) sang a version of this 1920's song:

    WHO PUT THE BRICKS IN BRIXTON?

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    A bright intelligent lad one day
    Was asking his dear old Dad
    The meaning of this and the meaning of that
    The questions were answered by Dad, pit and pat
    The Kiddie said, 'Dad, before bye bye I go
    There is another thing I'd like to know,

    Chorus: Who put the bricks in Brixton?
    Who put the bat in Battersea?
    Who put the 'eye' in Highbury?
    Who put the shore in Shoreditch?
    And there's another thing I'd like to know
    Who left the King in KIngsway?
    And who put the jerry in Jericho?'


    'Plums come from Plumstead I know that quite well
    And wool comes from Woolwich too
    From Glasgow, I know we get plenty of glass
    Inside the basoon there's plenty of bass
    Roses they bloom out in far Picardy
    They don't bloom like the noses in sweet Bloomsbury.'

    Chorus: Who put the bricks in Brixton?
    Who put the bat in Battersea?
    Who put the 'eye' in Highbury?
    Who put the shore in Shoreditch?
    And there's another thing I'd like to know
    Who left the King in KIngsway?
    And who put the jerry in Jericho?'
     
  18. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    Brixton - Violinbwoy (Tribe 84 Records) UK 12" 2015

     
  19. isvicthere?

    isvicthere? a.k.a. floppybollocks

    Ah, the Telegraph! Perhaps we need a thread about mentions in song of no longer existing Brixton landmarks.
     
  20. nogojones

    nogojones Well-Known Member

  21. nogojones

    nogojones Well-Known Member

  22. isvicthere?

    isvicthere? a.k.a. floppybollocks

    Anyone else heard this before? I imagine it predates the Pop-isation of Brixton by some years.

     
  23. haushoch

    haushoch Well-Known Member

    Trams of Old London by Robyn Hitchcock
    Trams of old London
    Taking my baby into the past
    And it's trams of old London
    Blow my mind

    Ludgate, Fenchurch, Highgate Hill
    Rolling slowly up there still, uh-huh
    Waterloo and Clerkenwell
    Out to Aldgate East as well, uh-huh

    On a clear night you can see
    Where the rails used to be
    Oh it seems like ancient myth
    They once ran to Hammersmith

    Trams of old London
    Taking my baby into the past
    And it's trams of old London
    Blow my mind

    Through Electric Avenue,
    Brixton down in southwest two, uh-huh
    Teddington and Kennington
    Twickenham and Paddington, uh-huh

    In the Blitz they never closed
    Though they blew up half the roads
    Oh it hurts me just to see 'em
    Going dead in a museum
    Ah...

    Trams of old London
    Taking my baby into the past
    And it's trams of old London
    Blow my mind

    Trams of old London
    Taking my baby into the past
    And it's trams of old London
    Blow my mind
     
  24. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    another meander on mew tube led to

    'Brixton is Free' - Dice the Boss



    :)
     
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  25. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    Trams never ran down Electric Avenue

    #pedant
     
  26. isvicthere?

    isvicthere? a.k.a. floppybollocks

    But it WAS represented as a car-bearing thoroughfare in the film Johnny Was, which, apart from a flashback scene, was shot entirely in Brixton, and which includes surprisingly impressive performances from Vinnie Jones and, err... Lennox Lewis.
     
  27. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    this evening's wanderings on mew tube found

    brixton rocket, the rudies (who also did 'brixton cat' as above - the band were from brixton - more here)

     
  28. mx wcfc

    mx wcfc Well-Known Member

    IMG_4310.JPG Irritatingly, I have the sleeve still, but not the actual record.
     
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  29. Shippou-Sensei

    Shippou-Sensei 4:1:2.5

    This is the proper brixton (or LJ or CW) ver

     
  30. JuanTwoThree

    JuanTwoThree Haro-on-the-Hill

    Shakespeare references Brixton, indirectly, when Hamlet can't see what bus it is.

    "2B or not 2B, that is the question"
     
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