The Music Scene In England

  1. Being the music geek I am I keep up with all things in the U.K. music charts, because frankly I like pop music and England has better music than our nation immeshed in hip hop/rap. (Don't get me wrong I love hiphop and rap, but it's so mainstream it's hard to shuffle through it to find good pop music.)

    Anyway to the UK people, is there a jazz/old school revolution going on there? With Norah Jones, Katie Melua, and someone named Jamie Cullum all in the top 3 best selling albums. When Katie Melua was #1 I was watching her, and when she went back to #1 bumping Norah Jones off, I had to buy her. I love her! She's unheard of here in the US, but she's every bit as good as Norah Jones.

    Joss Stone singing old school soul is starting to make ripples over here and I love her too. I really like her too.

    Anyone looking for some good jazz and soul type music should check out Katie Melua and Joss Stone.
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   karenG
    Hi Tweetie....... yep seems to be a feeling of nostalgia here. Rod stewart- have you heard his latest album.. so cool. lots of nat king cole on the radio as well!! started with Robbie williams and his ablum 'sing while your swinging' and just keeps getting better!! also check out Eddie Reader and her album 'the songs of Robert Burn'- brilliant and makes me so homesick for the hills of scotland (my home!)

    Karen
  4. by   Tweety
    Quote from karenG
    Hi Tweetie....... yep seems to be a feeling of nostalgia here. Rod stewart- have you heard his latest album.. so cool. lots of nat king cole on the radio as well!! started with Robbie williams and his ablum 'sing while your swinging' and just keeps getting better!! also check out Eddie Reader and her album 'the songs of Robert Burn'- brilliant and makes me so homesick for the hills of scotland (my home!)

    Karen
    Thanks for the recommendation, I'll definately check her out. Rod Stewart's album was a huge success over here, so perhaps it's happening here as well. Michael McDonald's recording of old Motown songs is a hit here as well. Even Cyndi Lauper put out an album of standards.

    I love the Robbie Williams "Swing While Your Winning", but I love all things Robbie (can't understand why he is an unknown here and such a huge success around the world).
    Last edit by Tweety on Mar 6, '04
  5. by   AmyLiz
    I'm with you, Tweety. I usually put on BBC Radio when I'm online at home. I absolutely love the UK's music & really wish it was more popular over on this side of the pond.
  6. by   nexus
    BBC Radio 2 has been instrumental in promoting the nostalgia/jazz/soul music. The presenters have a lot of choice in what is put on their playlist.

    Terry Wogan first promoted Katie Melua and Jamie Cullum. He got Eva Cassidy recognised for the fantastic singer she was.

    I love the music too, wake up to it in the morning.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/index.shtml?logo
  7. by   pickledpepperRN
    I am waiting for my copy of 'The Songs of Robert Burns'. It was my premium choice when subscribing to Pacifica Radio.
    KPFK can be heard streaming on the WWW. I am listening now.
    Why am I also at the computer?
    I worked last night.
    If I lie down I'll go to sleep & miss the music.
    Right now listening to "Keepin Time by the River" by the Zen Cowboy from Canada, Chuck Pyle (may be spelled wrong) BEAUTIFUL guitar!
  8. by   Tweety
    Quote from nexus
    BBC Radio 2 has been instrumental in promoting the nostalgia/jazz/soul music. The presenters have a lot of choice in what is put on their playlist.

    Terry Wogan first promoted Katie Melua and Jamie Cullum. He got Eva Cassidy recognised for the fantastic singer she was.

    I love the music too, wake up to it in the morning.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/index.shtml?logo
    The complete opposite to the scene now here with corporate radio. They have their playlists dictated to them, and it's a rather small list. Sometimes when a songs a hit you can hear the same song over and over and over again every hour for months on end.

    Gone are the days when radio dj's can make a hit.

    It was by checking out the scene in the UK that I discovered the beautiful American singer the late Eva Cassiday.
  9. by   karenG
    over here I think that the DJ's have a fair amount of leeway in what they play. I love Bob Harris on a sat night and listen to country and folk on radio 2..... and the archers of course!!!! the Radio 2 folk awards were televised this year- brilliant is all I have to say!

    must be getting old if I'm listening to folk music........... I'm a die heavy hard metal fan!!

    Karen
  10. by   ManEnough
    Wow! Fellow UK music fans on this side of the Atlantic! I'm obsessed with Sophie Ellis-Bextor (think Blondie meets Kylie) and I'm also feeling Girls Aloud (though I'm sure our UK friends would say they're a bit cheesy).

    Clear Channel is pure evil. Anyone else ready for Beyonce to take a long vacation?
  11. by   nexus
    Quote from karenG
    must be getting old if I'm listening to folk music........... I'm a die heavy hard metal fan!!

    Karen
    LOL Karen, me too, must be our age! :chuckle
  12. by   Nursekatydid
    Any of you guys ever hear of a band called The Darkness? They are from England, fairly new I believe. They are really good. They sing, "I believe in a thing called love," "Growing on Me," and "Love on the Rocks." You should DL some of their music!!!
  13. by   Tweety
    Quote from Nursekatydid
    Any of you guys ever hear of a band called The Darkness? They are from England, fairly new I believe. They are really good. They sing, "I believe in a thing called love," "Growing on Me," and "Love on the Rocks." You should DL some of their music!!!

    "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" is getting moderate video play on VH1 and MTV. But they aren't as huge here as they are in the UK, and they apparently are majorly huge in England. Mainly because hiphop and rap is where it's at and rock is not big here at the moment.

    They are making waves and perhaps will be huge here too, but it's happening slowly.

    It's a great song, sounds a bit retro, like back to 70s/80s style rock.
  14. by   nurseygrrl
    I love The Darkness...how cool are they? Everytime that video comes on TV my daughter runs out screaming...she can't stand it :chuckle

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