The Ten most musical British cities revealed; and you wouldn’t believe #2!

Do you have any idea how hard it's been to find any musical acts of note in Nottingham?

Paper Lace: Do you have any idea how hard it’s been to find any musical acts of note in Nottingham?

 

Recently, Spotify studied the average number of minutes listened, per capita by Spotify users in each major British city, and established that the #1 biggest city for music was London.Given the cultural capital London has, it comes as no surprise that it has the top spot. But the true surprise comes when one looks further down the list.

Quoth Will Hope, Director of Label Relations at Spotify: “Given London’s rich musical history and briliant music scene it’s no surprise that London tops the charts when it comes to having the biggest music fans in the UK. However, it’s interesting to see that the UK’s second biggest community of music fans are in Nottingham, pushing the more famously ‘musical’ cities of Manchester and Liverpool down the list.”

The top 10 musical cities in the UK according to Spotify are:

1. London
2. Nottingham
3. Bristol
4. Edinburgh
5. Leeds
6. Sheffield
7. Glasgow
8. Manchester
9. Liverpool
10. Birmingham

Okay. As a Yank, my knowledge of the culture of Nottingham begins and ends with Robin Hood. I’m not sure whether or not I should be ashamed of that. So, upon looking further, I am utterly flummoxed to find that, despite how much Nottingham seems to listen to music, it has produced very little of note.

The only Nottingham acts who reached any meaningful degree of fame I could find are:

* Ten Years After. Blues-rock band from the late 1960s who performed at Woodstock, and appear to have made far more of an impact in America, than in the UK, where they had exactly one hit: “Love Like a Man.” Its frontman Alvin Lee died two months ago.

* Paper Lace. A pop group who were most famous in the early seventies. A classic one-hit wonder in the States for their song “The Night Chicago Died.” Would have been a two-hit wonder, but Bo Donaldson came out with his version of “Billy, Don’t Be a Hero” first. They now call themselves “A classic two-and-a-half-hit wonder.” Not sure what the other hit was.

* KWS. An electronica act who scored a #1 hit with a grim cover of a KC and the Sunshine Band song. Not exactly a one-hit wonder, but, if they’re remembered, it’s a “whatever happened to those guys” way.

* Su Pollard (sic). An actress famous for her role on Hi-de-Hi! Had one hit and only one hit: “Starting Together.” And that is all I have to say about that.

* Dog is Dead. An indie rock act who just released their first full-length CD. Their harmonies recall the Beach Boys, but they’re no Lola King and the Kickstarts.

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