The #HigherEdBands time forgot
I recently produced a list of the really big name bands in higher education but what of the others, the also rans, the one-hit wonders, the forgotten foot soldiers of higher ed music-making? Here’s a list of a few of them together with some more recent stars setting the HE charts on fire.
So here they are, the forgotten names of higher education rock & roll:
Millennium Bug – Roehampton based soul quartet – briefly huge in 1999 but rapidly forgotten soon thereafter.
The Wonks – cerebral sub-Pet Shop Boys art school electronica.
Governing Body – pompous and overblown home county rockers.
Governing Articles – feeble acoustic duet formed following the acrimonious split of Governing Body.
HE Academy – one hit wonders from Woking.
Fresh Meat – tedious pseudo punk thrash kids from Coventry
Lucky Jim – ageing solo vocalist from Inverness. Not lucky. Actually called Brian
Learning Gain – progressive Paper Lace derivatives. Famous for strange outfits
Groves of Academe – beards and bongos were this group’s trademarks. Which explains the general lack of interest in their music by the record buying HE public.
Nice Work – doomed East Anglian prog rock outfit. Their only hit is now used only as incidental music on Antiques Roadshow.
Puppy Room – fey Glaswegian tinkly pop trio.
DeLHE Return – over-rated sharp-suited Spandau homage.
Library Fine – doomed Stoke shoe gazers.
Graphene – Manchester’s sharp and intelligent rapper notably mainly for the extraordinary cost of his live shows.
Freshers’ Week – Aggressive thrash metal combo who generally spend most of the year ‘resting’.
U21 – Big band Irish crowd pleasers with an ever-growing membership. Always on tour.
Big Data – Bognor’s answer to Kraftwerk. Apparently.
Pseudoscience – over-fussy new romantic types who rarely troubled the charts even in their heyday.
And here are some very new ones to watch:
Northern powerhouse – youthful Mancunian alt-rock outfit.
TEF – shambolic incomprehensible twelve piece mess.
White paper – the next big thing – everyone’s talking about them but they have yet to deliver.
Operating model – latest offshoot from the long-established HEFCE hit factory. Treading familiar and largely unpopular ground. Yet to persuade many of their merits.
Midlands Engine – ambitious but unproven Black Country rockers.
EU Referendum – these guys are going to be BIG. Soon.
Mrs Johnson’s Boys – this fractious duo seem destined for something.
Diamond Review – sharp edged rock from the granite city.
Cyber Security – this electronic trio have already managed to build a massive online following despite their wholly derivative sound.
Mindfulness – flighty and ethereal electronica with Cocteau Twins inspired lyrics. Either really clever or utterly pointless.
Boaty McBoatface – novelty act from nowhere who have suddenly raced to the top of the charts
Prevent Duty – seriously grim death metal.
GPA – earnest US quartet much discussed but yet to persuade many in the UK of their merits.
What other #HigherEdBands have you been listening to recently?