Thursday, March 15, 2007


The Big Smoke is the subject of the fifth Follycast: London Songs.

Having spent nearly ten years in London, I have plenty of fond memories of the capital. But it's definitely a love-it-or-hate-it experience. And as of last year it is now the most expensive city in the world (according to this report).

So 30 odd minutes celebrating or condemning London Town.

Follycast #5: London Songs

Lord Kitchener - London Is The Place For Me
(The Real) Tuesday Weld - Bathtime in Clerkenwell
Noonday Underground - London
The Smiths - London
Animals That Swim - London Bridge
Calexico - The Guns Of Brixton
Prozak for Lovers - London Calling
Sparklehorse - London
The Crabapples - London Belongs To Me (Part 2)
The Clash - London's Burning
The Pogues - London You're A Lady
The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset

And here is William Blake's poem from 'Songs of Innocence and Experience' as arranged by Sparklehorse:

I wander through each chartered street,
Near where the chartered Thames does flow,
And mark in every face I meet,
Marks of weakness, marks of woe.

In every cry of every man,
In every infant's cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban,
The mind-forged manacles I hear:

How the chimney-sweeper's cry
Every blackening church appals,
And the hapless soldier's sigh
Runs in down palace-walls.

But most, through midnight streets I hear
How the youthful harlot's curse
Blasts the new-born infant's tear,
And blights with plagues the marriage-hearse

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