Yes, it is all a matter of “Money money money …” and has about the same artistic value as a forged version of “The Green Lady“ (as seen hanging in Father Ted’s parochial house) but at least it has has got us talking. About music. The whys and the wherefores.
And Surrey. Yes, our County was well represented at this year’s Brits.
Fraternal electronic music duo Guy & Howard Lawrence known as Disclosure were brought up in Reigate, Surrey (though to keep their identities gritty and real – the band indicates that they come from ‘South London.‘ ) Their debut album “Settle“ was released in June 2013 and was immediately devoured by the hungry UK dance-hall scene . They were nominated for Best British Album, Best British Breakthrough, Best Single for White Noise and Best British Group. You can check the cheeky “Grab Her” video here: http://youtu.be/jBJ_jGZNyps
Truly multi-talented record producer, engineer, mixer, songwriter and multifarious-instrumentalist Ethan Johns has worked with Kaiser Chiefs, The Vaccines, Laura Marling and Kings of Leon – among many others – and was nominated for Best Producer. He comes from Merton, Surrey.
Raised and educated in around the Beckenham and Keston areas of Kent – closely bordering onto Surrey – it was obvious that David Bowie would – at different times – slip ‘over the border‘ to play various concerts and shows in our County.
Most importantly, Bowie played one of his first concerts as ‘Ziggy Stardust‘ at The Toby Jug, Hook Rise, Tolworth . The room already had an enviable reputation for breaking bands like Traffic, Led Zeppelin and Jethro Tull – to name just three. A week later, Bowie played a show at the Wallington Public Hall for a less-than-excited crowd. It wasn’t a high-point of his career. But it was a way-point.