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Songs About London: Request from "Keith Jr."

Keith Nivan

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"Keith, Jr.", poor kid, is studying in Luxembourg this semester. In a couple of days his class is crossing the channel to London to explore "Significant Sites in English Literature" -- or something...

So, being "Keith, Jr.", he wants to put an iPod mix together that's all "London" songs -- in the title, lyrics, setting, imagery, etc. That's my boy!

It's early, but I suggested:

Waterloo Sunset -- Kinks

London Calling -- Clash

Street Fighting Man -- Stones

What else?

Submit your suggestions, I'll point him to the site and ask him to file a report on what he saw and "learned"!



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London - Shakin' Apostles

Down On London - The Wildhearts

Greetings From Shitsville - The Wildhearts

Towers of London - XTC

London Dungeon - Misfits

London Boys - Johnny Thunders

London's Burning - The Clash

Dark Streets of London - Pogues

Lullaby of London - Pogues

A Bomb In Wardour Street - The Jam

Down In The Tube Station At Midnight -The Jam

Carnaby Street - The Jam

London Girls - The Vibrators

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Ted I'm somewhat surprised that anyone knows this song. I did this one at a recent Coffee House.
Ya gotta remember the age factor Marv. haha - not Ralph's, mine. I was a fan of folk music 'back in the day' and Ralph was considered a folk singer. In addition to his version I have an instrumental version by Phil Coulter (Irish songwriter).

Besides, it's based on Pachelbel's canon so it's gotta be good (well, that oughta start a 'hate it' thread - wink )

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Well, he's off to see Significant Literary Sites -- or something.

Thanks to all for the input!

Here's where he came out:



Here’s what I settled on, coming in at just over an hour. My thanks to you and all on the EC board.

Cemeteries of London – Coldplay

Street Fighting Man – Stones

Waterloo Sunset – Kinks

Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon

London Calling – Clash

Last Train to London – ELO

London’s Brilliant Parade – Elvis Costello

Another Brick in the Wall – Pink Floyd

Victoria – Kinks

Landing in London – 3 Doors Down

White Room – Cream

London Boys – Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers

London Girls – Vibrators

Lola – Kinks

Play with Fire – Stones

Down to London – Joe Jackson (wasn’t sure if you were going to come up with that one, but you did)

A Day in the Life – Beatles

Pinball Wizard – Who

I’ll drop you a line from Sleepy London Town!


Can't question the kid's taste.

Thanks, everybody! Tim from WI: I loved the UFO reco!


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  • 2 weeks later...

I think Sinatra did a song called "Another Foggy Day in London Town". And if I recall correctly, Bon Jovi did a song that had a reference to Chelsea(where Jon hung out for a while).

There is an English pub song called "Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner"(I've got this on CD in this Pub song compilation)

"West End Girls"- Pet Shop boys, referring to a section of London.

"England Swings"- Roger Miller(mentions Big Ben and other things).

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