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Sep 05

THE FT TOP 100 SONGS OF ALL TIME No.81: The JAMMS – It’s Grim Up North

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The JAMMS – It’s Grim Up North (Part 1)

N. says

This record is ten minutes long (exactly). On it, Bill Drummond reads out the names of (approximately) 70 towns in Northern England over a beserk techno backing, containing bursts of train sounds and robotic squeaks. He explains that they are all in the North. For the final three minutes, this competes with a synthetic orchestra playing ‘Jerusalem’, and the track finishes with the cries of some crows.

It’s not a fucking joke. It’s the best British single of the 1990s. In my head I have a 26-year-old American man scoffing at this assessment. This man annoys me more than you can imagine.

Comments

  1. 1
    Jay NW on 13 Nov 2006 #

    This record rocks!

  2. 2
    Pete Baran on 16 Jan 2009 #

    Bolton,
    Barnsley,
    Nelson,
    Colne,
    Burnley
    Bradford,
    Buxton,
    Crewe,
    Warrington,
    Widnes,
    Wigan,
    Leeds,
    Northwich,
    Nantwich,
    Knutsford,
    Hull,
    Sale,
    Salford,
    Southport,
    Leigh,
    Derby,
    Kearsley
    Keighley
    Maghull,
    Harrogate,
    Huddersfield,
    Oldham, Lancs,
    Grimsby,
    Glossop,
    Hebden Bridge,

    It’s Grim Up North,
    It’s Grim Up North.

    Brighouse,
    Bootle,
    Featherstone,
    Speke,
    Runcorn,
    Rotherham,
    Rochdale,
    Barrow,
    Morecambe,
    Macclesfield,
    Lytham St. Annes
    Clitheroe,
    Cleethorpes,
    The M62,

    It’s Grim Up North,
    It’s Grim Up North.

    Pendlebury,
    Prestwich,
    Preston,
    York,
    Skipton,
    Scunthorpe,
    Scarborough-on-Sea,
    Chester,
    Chorley,
    Cheedle Hulme,
    Ormskirk,
    Accrington Stanley,
    and Leigh,
    Ossett,
    Otley,
    Ikley Moor,
    Sheffield,
    Manchester,
    Castleford,
    Skem,
    Doncaster,
    Dewsbury,
    Hali-fax,
    Bingley,
    Bramall,
    Are all in the North.

    It’s Grim Up North,

  3. 3
    SteveM on 18 Jan 2009 #

    two Leighs?

  4. 4
    AndyPandy on 18 Jan 2009 #

    and surely Derby is not technically in the North (more east Midlands) and why does the North East get completely missed out?

  5. 5
    thefatgit on 18 Feb 2010 #

    For nearly 2 decades now, I have wondered to myself why THIS SONG is embedded in HERE *points to temple*. It’s a list song. I never liked list songs before IGUN(lazy songwriting), but have been obsessed with them since. Yes, even that Baz Luhrmann one!

    Damn U Drummond and Cauty!

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