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isvicthere?

a.k.a. floppybollocks
the intro to alabama 3's- woke up this morning mention coldharbour lane and indeed they have an album with coldharbour lane in. Think theres another couple of theres that mentions brixton as well.


dave
For example, "Reachin'" which mentions Brixton and Josephine Avenue.
 

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.
 

Favelado

Half to the Tower, please.
In fact, I would venture that there is very likely no district of a city anywhere as celebrated as Brixton in songs.
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.
 

Phill

New Member
Mentions in Goldie - Inner City Life (Goes to Miami Mix) and Amy Winehouse - Me and Mr Jones
 

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.

 

boohoo

No.
Florrie Forde (music hall star of Brixton road) sang a version of this 1920's song:

WHO PUT THE BRICKS IN BRIXTON?



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?'
 

isvicthere?

a.k.a. floppybollocks
5 nights of bleeding - LKJ

Madness, madness
Madness tight on the heads of the rebels
The bitterness erup's like a heart blas'
Broke glass, ritual of blood an' a-burnin'
Served by a cruelin' fighting
5 nights of horror and of bleeding
Broke glass, cold blades as sharp as the eyes of hate
And the stabbin', it's
War amongs' the rebels
Madness, madness, war

Night number one was in Brixton
Sofrano B sound system
'im was a-beatin' up the riddim with a fire
'im comin' down his reggae reggae wire
It was a sound checkin' down your spinal column
A bad music tearin' up your flesh
An' the rebels dem start a fighting
De youth dem just tun wild, it's
War amongs' the rebels
Madness, madness, war

Night number two down at Sheppard's
Right up Railton road
It was a night name friday when ev'ryone was high on brew or drew
A pound or two worth of Kali
Sound comin' down of the king's music iron
The riddim just bubblin' an' backfirin'
Ragin' an' risin'
When suddenly the music cut -
Steelblade drinkin' blood in darkness, it's
War amongs' the rebels
Madness, madness, war

Night number three, over the river
Right outside the Rainbow
Inside James Brown was screamin soul
Outside the rebels were freezin' cold
Babylonian tyrants descended
Bounced on the brothers who were bold
So with a flick of the wris', a jab and a stab
The song of hate was sounded
The pile of oppression was vomited
And two policemen wounded
Righteous, righteous war

Night number four at the blues dance, abuse dance
Two rooms packed and the pressure pushin' up
Hot, hotheads
Ritual of blood in the blues dance
Broke glass splintering, fire
Axes, blades, brain blas'
Rebellion rushin' down the wrong road
Storm blowin' down the wrong tree
And Leroy bleeds near death on the fourth night
In a blues dance, on a black rebellious night, it's
War amongs' the rebels
Madness, madness, war

Night number five at the Telegraph
Vengeance walk thru de doors
So slow, so smooth
So tight and ripe and -smash!
Broke glass, a bottle finds a head
And the shell of the fire heard -crack!
The victim feels fear
Finds hands, holds knife, finds throat
Oh, the stabbins and the bleedin' and the blood, it's
War amongs' the rebels
Madness, madness, war
Ah, the Telegraph! Perhaps we need a thread about mentions in song of no longer existing Brixton landmarks.
 

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
 

editor

hiraethified
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
Trams never ran down Electric Avenue

#pedant
 

isvicthere?

a.k.a. floppybollocks
Trams never ran down Electric Avenue

#pedant
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.
 
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)

 
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.

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

 
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