Top Ten Brum Bands of the Decade Mix and Brumcast Download

Readers of The Blue Whale Blog have spoken. They have chosen their favourite band from Birmingham and the West Midlands to have graced the stage since the dawn of the Millennium.

As you may be sick of hearing about by now,  throughout December, readers were asked to submit their own personal top ten to – each band receiving a maximum of 10 points for first place, nine for second, eight for third and so on. The scores have now been added up and we can now reveal the people’s choice of the best bands of the decade.

Below is episode 145 of the awesome Brumcast, aired on Rhubarb Radio on featuring your trusty editor pretending to know about music and playing tunes from each of the top ten bands.

However, if you don’t fancy listening to the muttering mumbles of Little Chris and I, feel free to listen or download the Soundcloud mix below.

10. Misty’s Big Adventure – ‘The Story of Love’

Misty's Big Adventure photographed by Scott Johnston

Steve Bridgeman says:

“So far away from my usual musical taste and yet I think they’re brilliant! Whimsical, thought-provoking lyrics, with a vocal delivery possibly reminiscent of the Divine Comedy? Comparisons to the Flaming Lips might be fair too? They’re certainly the most glamourous band on the list, with lovely ladies on keys, sax and trumpet, and an Erotic Volvo – whatever one of those is – on dancing duties. Dave Gorman loves them, and so do I.”

9. The Big Bang – ‘Come Dance in The Fire’

The Big Bang

JP White Ex- The Gravity Crisis and Silversuit and now promoting gigs as part of This is Tomorrow says:

“Frighteningly intimidating on stage, sound as a pound off it, these were by far the best live act of the list, and certainly for their first two years were top of the tree.”

8. Mr. Nobody – ‘Opera Fan’

Mr. Nobody

Liam Cole of Kidnapper Bell says:

“Sometimes perceptions of a “local” band can be deceiving. Are they a good band or are they good for a local band? Mr Nobody are hands down the best live band I have ever seen. Their sound can be described a product of their wide range of influences however at their core a superb songwriter in the form of James Brough. When they released their E.P. Sweeting it polarised opinion on message boards due to it not really sounding like anything that was around at the time. A sad loss that these guys are no longer playing gigs together.”

7. Tantrums – ‘If I Don’t Try’


JP White says:

“At present the city is a bit dry of real great songs in consistent supply, these don’t have one dud in their set, if they don’t get a deal then it agains shows (as with many acts on this list who didn’t get the break they deserved) that the industry is full of idiots without ears and only a liking for shit.”

6) Miss Halliwell – ‘Soilheaded’

Vitriolic blogger and musical performer, Jeff Stuka says:
“Powered by a musical polymath/borderline autistic with too much imagination and too much time on his hands, The Racists were one of my tips for the future before I’d even seen them live, thanks to one of the most astonishing catalogues of home recordings I’ve ever encountered. As the Racists, they performed a number of incendiary live shows before changing the name to Miss Halliwell in a fit of pique after being asked “are you really racist?” for the MILLIONTH FUCKING TIME! Apparently irony is a concept of limited distribution amongst gig goers. Personnel changes have been many over the years but the musical ambition and creativity of Matt “Miles Per Hower” remains constant and their profile continues to grow.”

5. Untitled Musical Project – ‘I Might Not Be Jimi Hendrix but at Least I’m Not Dead’

Untitled Musical Project

Head honcho at This is Tomorrow, Matt Beck says:

“Trying not to be biased when talking about Brum bands can be tough, but I feel with all the bands on this list I would go and buy their music regardless of where they were from. I first bought an UMP 7″ (in Brighton not knowing they were based in Brum) and loved them since. Shouty, screamy, often raucous and ramshackle with songs that were over in the blink of an eye. These were Brum’s best punk band and are sadly missed.”

4. Calories – ‘Drugged’


Sunset Cinema Club vocalist and bass player Greg Haines says:

“If you’ve never been in a crowd shouting “Everything is beautifuuUUL-IN-IIIITTTTSSS-OWN-WAY!” then you don’t know anything about Birmingham bands and need to sort it out ASAP. Calories are to this scene what Darth Vader is to Star Wars, there’s just something awesomely simple and intimidating about their current set of massive pop songs. Pete’s harmonic bass-chords and general beast-riff tendencies also make him the only fellow four-stringer in Brum to make me feel inadequate in the plank department.”

3. My Dad Hitla / I Am Zeitgeist – ‘Dopemine’

My Dad Hitla

Andy Roberts, editor of The Blue Whale Blog says:

“The ingenuity of Radiohead, the anger of The Clash, the awkwardness of Nirvana, the almost believable pseudo-mystique of The Beatles, a singer that may have believed he was Jesus at some point, a guitarist with a death-wish discharging himself from hospital with a broken back, a bassist that could smoke Bob Marley under the table and a drummer who was driven to near-insanity hanging around with the other three – My Dad Hitla were complete madness permanently on the verge of true genius.”

2. Sunset Cinema Club – ‘Trees’

Sunset Cinema Club

Pete Stanley from says:

“It’s hard not to get excited about Sunset Cinema Club, awesome musicianship, quirky, individualistic approach to their own music and remind me so so much of The Minutemen. I think great bands all have the same way at looking at music and playing gigs. I’ve never seen them play a bad show or not smile while they are playing. They must be the only band I’ve seen who don’t take themselves too seriously!”

1. 35 Seconds – ‘Grudge Match’

35 Seconds - The greatest Birmingham band of the 2000's

Greg Haines says:
“I followed them as a fan and I played for them as a fan. You couldn’t find a more eclectic mix of characters in any band; it’s a miracle that they ever sat down and wrote anything together, but the end-result was obviously what 35 Seconds were all about. Not many bands can juggle “forward thinking”, “epic”, “heartfelt” and “choruses” without folding up into their own arse holes but 35 Seconds achieved just this with EVERY. SINGLE. SONG. The fact that they were never snapped up by a label of any kind is a good case for having the entire music industry sent to a concentration camp to keep them from spreading their idiot genes any further into the populace.”

A million thank yous to everyone who voted and contributed, please enjoy the mix and we promise to stop going on about it now.

See the full Top 100 countdown here.


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One response to “Top Ten Brum Bands of the Decade Mix and Brumcast Download

  1. Pingback: The Best Band of the Noughties, 35 Seconds, Return @ThisisTmrw 12th July « The Blue Whale Blog

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