I lived in Atlanta, GA from 1985 to 1994, about an hour’s drive from Athens. It was sort of the tail end of the heyday of the Athens music scene, but there was a strong sense of place associated with acts such as REM, B-52s, Pylon, Bar-b-que Killers, Killkenny Cats. It’s been a long time, and I may be forgetting certain acts, or misremembering names, or I might never have known certain acts. They made a movie about the Athens scene. Atlanta had its own scene: Follow For Now, Hollyfaith, Michelle Malone, Mr. Crow’s Garden (later the Black Crowes), Mary My Hope (who made a big splash in England but imploded stateside), Train Black.
I was listening to some New Order MP3s last night when I realized, “Hey, this band is from Manchester!” Then I began to think of bands that are from here (or that I’ve been told are from here): Elvis Costello, Joy Division > New Order, Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets, Badly Drawn Boy, Happy Mondays, Primal Scream. Hmm. There are a lot more, but my brain is blanking right now. Must go get caffeine of some kind. Yeah, I know, “Zen Wisdom” blah blah blah.
Anyone remember other bands from these places? Anyone have a sense of why certain cities seem to explode with musical (or other artistic) talent at certain times? Can you think of other examples?
I’ve heard that Omaha, Nebraska is currently the hot music city.
No, really. I’m serious.