Thursday, 18 March 2010

Top 5 West London Street Name Anthems

1. The Streets of Ladbroke Grove - Delroy Washington On Delroy's I-Sus album which was recorded at Basing Street Studios. Mr Washington was heavy on the West London scene in the 70's playing shows regularly.

2. I Spy - Pulp The band originally from Sheffield signed to West London label Island in the early 1990's and recorded this song for their album Different Class and had the lyrics:

Take your year in Provence and shove it right up your arse.
Your Ladbroke Grove looks turn me on, yeah.
With roach burns in designer dresses
And thousands of tiny dryness lines
Beating a path to the corner of your eyes
And every night I hatch my plan, it's not a case of woman v man.
It's more a case of haves against haven'ts and I just
happen to have got what you need, just exactly what you need yeah

3. Getting it Straight in Notting Hill Gate - Quintessence True prog rock signed by Island and recorded 3 albums for them between 1969 and 1971. New age Aussie hippies who practiced Hinduism and jammed on All Saints Road.

4. Warwick Avenue - Duffy Welsh artist signed to West London label Rough Trade with a song about breaking up with the setting of Warwick Avenue station.

5. Portobello Road
- Cat Stevens Now known as Yusuf Islam after converting in the late 1970's, this song was written for his first album Matthew and Son and reached no. 7 in the UK charts and featured the lyrics:

Getting hung up all day on smiles
Walking down portobello road for miles
Greeting strangers in indian boots,
yellow ties and old brown suits
Growing old is my only danger

Have a listen to this playlist HERE!

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