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Music of Manchester

Date: 16 May 2018

For decades Manchester has provided us with some of the world’s most loved music. From legends like The Smiths, Oasis and The Stone Roses to Joy Division, Happy Mondays and New Order – through to the modern-day heroes like Blossoms and Spring King. Manchester's well of musical talent never runs dry.

Later this year Locke is gearing up to open its third home, Whitworth Locke. We're pretty hyped about basing ourselves in a music capital with a musical catalog not to be messed with.  Putting together a playlist with some of the cities anthems as well as some new undiscovered gems. 

The Classics 


She Bangs the Drums is a true contender for the definitive track by Stone Roses. Listening to She Bangs, it’s hard not to see why a generation fell hard for the Roses. It’s the sound of that brief but beautiful moment when the teen years become hopeful young adulthood. “The past was yours but the future’s mine / You’re all out of time” were lines utterly justified by the song.



A song recorded in 1986 buy The Smiths in reaction a recurring pop song on the radio, Wham!’s, "I'm Your Man,". Guitarist, Johnny Marr and lead singer Morrissey responded by writing 'Panic' saying, 'What the f*ck has this got to do with people's lives?' The repetition of ‘hang the DJ’ and the lyric, ‘burn down the disco’ intrigued listeners, making this song extremely popular. NME placed “Panic” at number 21 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever in 2007.



"Supersonic" is the debut single by the English rock band Oasis. Written by lead guitarist Noel Gallagher, it was released on 11 April 1994 as Oasis' debut single and later appeared on their debut album Definitely Maybe in August 1994. From the opening drumbeat and moody guitar arpeggio, “Supersonic” is another terrific mix of youthful posturing.


New Favorites 


"Shade" is a statement of intent from a 21-year old singer and songwriter that offers a jazz infused vocal over a raw groove. Drenched in personality and bold enough to stand apart against other new tracks of today. Raised in Manchester, IAMDDB was brought up with a musician father and an environment of creatives and instruments. She started making music in 2015 but a six-month stint in Africa "doing jazz" gave her the focus to hone her voice and sound.



Rising DIY garage punks False Advertising are rightly turning heads with their unique blend of feral grunge, and slacker rock. Talking about the track, the band said that ‘Hey You’ is “a rallying cry against stereotyping with a sound rooted in fuzzy, 90s alternative rock, ’Hey You’ is the sound of three friends rising above the stupidity that surrounds us and translating that independence and power into scarily accessible, loud, music”.