Scotland

List

The Boy With the Arab Strap - Belle & Sebastian
Son Of A Gun - The Vaselines
There's Got To Be Something - Ivor Cutler
Coming in from the Cold - The Delgados
Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall
A Girl Like You - Edwyn Collins
When I Argue I See Shapes - Idlewild
Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops (7" Version) - Cocteau Twins
Inhale Exhale - Anna Meredith
The Conversation - SACRED PAWS
I Heard - Young Fathers
The Knight & the Shepherd's Daughter - Various Artists
Ashokan Farewell - Aly Bain, Jay Ungar
The Angel's Share - Calum Stewart
Morven Psalm 103: 13-14 - Live - Gaelic Psalm Singers, Calum Martin
Join Our Lusty Chorus - Alasdair Roberts
John Taylor's Month Away - King Creosote, Jon Hopkins
Fisherman's Blues - 2006 Remaster - The Waterboys
Week Off - Malcolm Middleton
Cocain - John Martyn
Jersey Thursday - Donovan
Theme For An Imaginary Western - Jack Bruce
Needle of Death - 2015 Remaster - Bert Jansch
Koeeoaddi There - 2010 Remaster - The Incredible String Band
Salters Road - Karine Polwart
Sailing - The Sutherland Brothers
The Modern Leper - Frightened Rabbit
This Is The Life - Amy Macdonald
Paper House - 2016 Remastered Version - The Associates
Consolation Prize - Orange Juice
As A Matter Of Fact - 7 Version - Spare Snare
Gilt Complex - Sons And Daughters
Ulysses - Franz Ferdinand
Just Like Honey - The Jesus and Mary Chain
Dry the Rain - The Beta Band
Push off My Wire (Bliss) - Lockah
Lost In Tokyo - Koreless
Flickering Debris - Lanark Artefax
Caramel - Konx-Om-Pax
Music Is Math - Boards of Canada
Ultra Thizz - Rustie
In My Arms - Mylo
£ - Proc Fiskal
Uh - Gasp
The Rumour - Andy Stewart
Òran an t-Saighdeir Ghàidhealaich - Kathleen MacInnes
Suspended From Class - Camera Obscura
The Leanover - Life Without Buildings
I Want You, But I Don't Need You - Momus
Dress Up in You - Belle & Sebastian
Where We've Left Our Love - Arab Strap
Christmas Steps - Mogwai

Resources

Hogg's "All that Ever Mattered"
Simon Reynold's "Rip it Up and Start Again".
jockrock.org
SAY Award

Also did a spillover playlist to catch the many characteristic but less loveable cuts.

England

Bristol

List

Hide U - Kosheen
Hellebore - Safetyword
Sour Times - Portishead
Holding On - Julio Bashmore, Sam Dew
Hi-Potent - Roni Size, Reprazent
We Are Time - BBC John Peel Session 1978 - The Pop Group
Shitkicker - Malachai
You're so Kool-Aid - Oliver Wilde
Hymn Of The Big Wheel - 2012 Mix/Master - Massive Attack
Juvenile Delinquent - Black Roots
Fire (Spotie) [feat. Busy Signal] - Jus Now, Dismantle, Busy Signal
Psychedelic Runway - Joker
Overcome - Tricky
An Even Harder Shade Of Dark - The Third Eye Foundation
My Evil Is Strong - Tricky
So Hot (Wash Away All Of My Tears) - Amp
My Dreaming Hill - Flying Saucer Attack
Katang - Zun Zun Egui
Brainfreeze - Fuck Buttons
Never Fight A Man With A Perm - IDLES
The Greatest Show on Earth - Strangelove
Rain Check - Sleeping States
Nicole - Gravenhurst
Without Permission - Caroline Martin
Summer Set - Mr. Acker Bilk & His Paramount Jazz Band

Resources

"Hit Factories", Karl Whitney

Leeds

List

Kennedy - The Wedding Present
Where Were You - Mekons
Space Is the Place - Spacehog
A Friend For Life - Boyracer
Not Great Men - Gang Of Four
Asylums In Jerusalem - 2001 Digital Remaster - Scritti Politti
Something Good '08 - Radio Edit - Utah Saints
Femme Retrospectif - Original Mix - Riley & Durrant
Second Shot - The Cassandra Complex
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye - 7" Single Version - Soft Cell
Marian - Version - Sisters of Mercy
Wasteland - The Mission
A Steady Hand - I LIKE TRAINS
English White Boy Engineer - 1982-87 All The Singles And B-Sides - The Three Johns
My Favourite Dress - The Wedding Present
Bombay Stores Disco - Vibracathedral Orchestra

Resources

Rip it Up and Start Again by Simon Reynolds

Sheffield

List

Mardy Bum - Arctic Monkeys
Do You Remember The First Time? - Pulp
Weekend Without Makeup - The Long Blondes
She Said - Longpigs
Goodnight - Babybird
The Time Is Now - Moloko
Poison Arrow - ABC
Seconds - Remaster 2002 - The Human League
Carnival Love - Toddla T, Miraa May
Vasto - Cabaret Voltaire
Hot on Heels of Love - Throbbing Gristle
Missing In Action - Comsat Angels
Photograph - Def Leppard
Run for Me - Richard Hawley
When I Go - Slow Club
This Forest - The Rheingans Sisters
Walk On Stalks Of Shattered Glass (Version) - Hula
Beep Street - Squarepusher
Third Stream Boogaloo - Derek Bailey

Resources

"Beats Working for a Living: The Story of Popular Music in Sheffield 1973-1984", Martin Lilleker
"Hit Factories", Karl Whitney

London

forthcoming

Manchester

forthcoming

Liverpool

forthcoming

Brighton

forthcoming

Wales

List

Are You with Me Now? - Cate le Bon
The Taxi - Young Marble Giants
Throwing Bricks At Trains - Future Of The Left
Mulder and Scully - Catatonia
La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh) - Manic Street Preachers
Fire in My Heart - Super Furry Animals
Just a Day - Edit - Feeder
You! Me! Dancing! - Los Campesinos!
Hanky Panky Nohow - John Cale
Jêl Caerdydd - Calan
Ym Pontypridd mae 'nghariad - Yr Hwntws
Without You - Remastered 2010 - Badfinger
98.6 - The Bystanders
Back into the Future - Man
Break the Chain - Gene Loves Jezebel
Finished Symphony - Deadmau5 Remix - Hybrid, deadmau5
Jumbo - Underworld
She Will Only Bring You Happiness - Mclusky
Diamonds Are Forever - Shirley Bassey
Blerwytirhwng? - Super Furry Animals

Resources

The Roots of Rock, from Cardiff to Mississippi and Back, Peter Finch

'Blerwytirhwng?' the place of Welsh pop music, Sarah Hill

Welshnot blog

Music Blog Wales blog


Northern Ireland

List

Suspect Device - Stiff Little Fingers
Teenage Kicks - The Undertones
This Is a Test - Oppenheimer
If It's Not You - Language of Flowers
Bring On the Sunshine - The Moondogs
Gay - StoneFish
Shining Light - Ash
Rock Club - The Dangerfields
Screamager - Therapy?
Needle In The Groove - Pat McManus
Honeychild - Ghost Of An American Airman
Beside You - 1999 Remaster - Van Morrison
Here Comes the Night - Them
Revolving Doors - Meilana Gillard
Hey Lisa - David Holmes
Neo-Geocities - The Host
the belll - the olllam
The Summerhouse - The Divine Comedy

Resources


Ireland

List

Mountain Dew - The Pogues, The Dubliners
Raglan Road - Luke Kelly
Boil The Breakfast Early - The Chieftains
Mary And The Soldier - Andy Irvine, Paul Brady, Dónal Lunny, Kevin Burke
What Will We Do When We Have No Money? - Lankum
Mo Ghile Mear (Arr. Desmond Earley) - Choral Scholars of University College Dublin
Be Good or Be Gone - Fionn Regan
In He Comes - Cathy Davey
Just Like U Said It Would B - Sinéad O'Connor
Waiting For An Alibi - Thin Lizzy
King of the Fairies - Horslips
Sunday Bloody Sunday - Remastered 2008 - U2
What's Left of the Flag - Flogging Molly
Liberty Belle - Fontaines D.C.
Only Shallow - My Bloody Valentine
Twinkle - Whipping Boy
Where's Me Jumper? - Sultans Of Ping FC
Revelate - The Frames
Romeo's on Fire - The Stunning
A Ghost In This House - The Immediate
It's Yours - David Kitt
Doo-Wop Property - The High Llamas
Dolls - Solar Bears
International Dreambeat - Adebisi Shank
Soul Food - Rusangano Family
Bubby's Cream - Kojaque
Black & Amber - a lazarus soul
Higgs Boson Particle - Bats
Paul - Girl Band
Orinoco Flow - 2009 Remaster - Enya
Solace - Fovea Hex
No Need To Argue - The Cranberries

Resources

https://www.irishrock.org/index.html

Brazil

List

Irene - Caetano Veloso
Off And On - Moacir Santos
A Minha Menina - Os Mutantes
Mistério do Planeta - Novos Baianos
Glória - Tom Zé, Os Brazoes
Quero Sambar Meu Bem - Tom Zé
Bat Macumba - Os Mutantes
Preta Pretinha - Novos Baianos
Cravo E Canela - Milton Nascimento, Lô Borges
Águas De Março - Elis Regina, Antônio Carlos Jobim
Choro #1 - Bola Sete
Canto de Ossanha - Baden Powell
Ratamahatta - Sepultura
Inner Self - 2020 Remaster - Sepultura
Endangered Species - Sepultura
Não Vá Se Perder Por Aí - Os Mutantes
O Estrangeiro - Caetano Veloso

Resources

France

List

Ça me vexe - Mademoiselle K.
D.A.N.C.E - Justice
Rectangle - Jacno
Pipornithology, Pt. II - Chassol
Run Into Flowers - M83
Cut Dick - Mr. Oizo
Les Professionnels - Air
End of the World - Stanley Brinks
La foule - Édith Piaf
Le déserteur - Boris Vian
Tous les garçons et les filles - Françoise Hardy
Agathe ou Christie - Christie Laume
Et maintenant - Gilbert Bécaud
Mr Patrick - Philippe Katerine
Il est cinq heures, Paris s'éveille - Jacques Dutronc
La Seine - Extrait de la bande originale un monstre à Paris - Vanessa Paradis, -M-
Crebe de chet - André Ricros, Louis Sclavis Quartet, Alain Gibert
Marions les roses (chant de quête) - Malicorne
Les cigognes nénuphars - Forever Pavot
The Drowned Girl - Yann Tiersen
New-York avec toi - Remasterisé en 2015 - Téléphone
Poney Pt. I - Vitalic
Rough Sex - Lords Of Acid
Tour Du Monde - Aquaserge
Pump - Jackson And His Computer Band
Arcades - C2C
Daniel Darc - Abd Al Malik
Pinacle - Lucio Bukowski, Oster Lapwass, Anton Serra
Karaté - Yelle
I Love Ma Guitare - Rinôçérôse
Tot und Hoch - Heimat
Antisocial - Trust
Back to Heldon - Heldon
The Four Horsemen - Aphrodite's Child
Ork alarm - Magma
Lumière Blanche Schneeturm - Ulan Bator
Flying Whales - Gojira
De Motu Pendulorum - Lightwave
Dopees - Dorine Muraille
Short Circuit - Daft Punk
Veridis Quo - Daft Punk

Resources

Query "albums de la décennie" was my way in.

Germany

List

These Days - Nico Creole Love Call - Comedian Harmonists Sunny - Boney M. Hier kommt Alex - Die Toten Hosen Männer - Remastered 2016 - Herbert Grönemeyer Hallogallo - NEU! You're so Cool (Main Title) - Hans Zimmer Burning - The Whitest Boy Alive Blaue Augen - Ideal Radioactivity - 2009 Remaster - Kraftwerk Major Tom - Coming Home - Peter Schilling Forever Young - 2019 Remaster - Alphaville The Power - SNAP! Pogo - Digitalism Hearts - L.S.G. Fertilized - Mouse On Mars, Cavern of Anti-Matter Dickes B (feat. Black Kappa) - Seeed, Black Kappa Iris/Retinal Scanning - Der Zyklus Freeze - Klaus Schulze The Light 3000 - Schneider TM, KPT.Michi.Gan Masimbabele - The Unknown Cases Pius in Tacet - Pantha Du Prince Dawn - Deuter Flowers For Yulia - Max Richter The Garden - Einstürzende Neubauten Schön von Hinten - Stereo Total TV-GLOTZER (WHITE PUNKS ON DOPE) - Nina Hagen Eine Eigene Geschichte - Blumfeld Mack the Knife - Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, Roger Bean Love On A Real Train - Tangerine Dream Return To Innocence - Enigma She Brings the Rain - CAN The Sad Skinhead - Faust Ah! - Popol Vuh Knifflige Fragen - Air Liquide Revolution Action - Atari Teenage Riot Soap Shop Rock - Live - Amon Düül II

Resources


Japan

List

Rydeen - YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA
Only You - Hakushi Hasegawa
君じゃなきゃダメみたい - Masayoshi Oishi
veloceでまた会いましょう - New oil deals
Fire Brain - Kroi
The Micro Disneycal World Tour - Cornelius
多分、風。 - Sakanaction
Ai No Yume feat. YASUAKI SHIMIZU - FPM
うたのけはい - Ichiko Aoba
4:00A.M. - Taeko Onuki
さくらんぼ - Ai Otsuka
LITTLE BUSTERS - the pillows
ロックンロールは鳴り止まないっ - 2015remaster - Shinsei Kamattechan
Linda Linda - Japanese - Drinking Boys and Girls Choir
LOVE Zukkyun - Soutaiseiriron
Soranin - ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Haiku - The Mops
I Wanna Eat Chocobars - Shonen Knife
Melon Soda - tricot
ストラトキャスター・シーサイド - Suspended 4th
Amamizu - Masakatsu Takagi
Uruku Tumi Gushiku (Mimura Bushi) - Takashi Hirayasu & Bob Brozman
Jing Jing - Shokichi Kina
Koza Renka - Takashi Hirayasu
島人ぬ宝 - BEGIN
月は東に日は西に - Tokyo Kid Brothers
Gloomy Reflections - Shinki Chen
Remember Love (Bonus Track) - John Lennon, Yoko Ono
Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking for a Hand in the Snow) - Yoko Ono
TEEVEE - Hiroshi Yoshimura
King Dragonfly - Susumu Yokota
獣ゆく細道 - Sheena Ringo, Hiroji Miyamoto
カリソメ乙女 - DEATH JAZZ ver. - Sheena Ringo, Soil & "Pimp" Sessions
IOA - OOIOO
Woman On The Screen - Boris
Pop Sicle - High Rise
LONG SEASON - Fishmans
Between 7:50 - 8:05 PM - Taj Mahal Travellers
Satori Part II - Flower Travellin' Band
Marrakech - Ghost
Amnesia - Sigh
Wasan - J A Caesar
A Speeding Car - MONO

Missing on Spotify: Yuka C Honda, Shiki no Uta, OORUTAICHI, Katamari, that one track from GITS, this version of 'Linne'.

Resources

Ian Martin's blog
Kato David Hopkins' book
Japrocksampler by the mighty, unreliable Julian Cope. More likely his top 50.
Scaruffi on the weirder stuff.
Various skronk-heavy lists from Reddit
The Spotify Sound of Japanese [X] playlists are surprisingly bad. I don't think I got any cuts from any of the 10 lists.

Mainland China

List

沙漠足跡 - 劉瑞鄭
Ass Hole, I'm Not Your Baby - Hang On The Box
Wings of Light - RUI HO
Machine It (Shirobon Remix) - Sulumi
Fat Girl Slim Boy - Hard Queen
爱河 - DJ - DJ王展鹏
Arp Kicks - Gooooose
Enter the Tigerwoods - Howie Lee
三十年 - Shanren
Sunny Spring and White Snow - Red Chamber
Flower (Yi Zhi Hua) - Zhou Dongchao
落木 (Luo Mu) - Zhaoze
暢打腔 - Xiao He
哆嗦哆 - 木推瓜
钢铁是怎样没有炼成的 - 木推瓜
七次機會 - 吹萬
422189 - Zslo
我昨晚夢見你了 - 輕描淡寫
Revolution is only a sad illusion - Li Jianhong

Resources

Julian Lee's obsessive pages
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXVLwNkw84Q
https://radiichina.com/2010s-best-chinese-music-record-labels/
https://outofbookmill.tumblr.com/post/106335558268/the-beastly-archives-an-anthology-of-essaysby

Not totally satisfied with this one, even though I went as deep as I think you can while not being there.

Hong Kong

List

Resources


Pretty thin. I am probably missing two or three sub-scenes with more good stuff.

Netherlands

List

Valse De La Bourgeoisie - Willem Breuker
Kid's Allright - Bettie Serveert
Always Share - Daryll-Ann
Pick Up - Solex
Prayer for My Demo - Urban Dance Squad
Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!! - Vengaboys
Better Off Alone - Alice DJ
Magik Journey - Radio Edit - Tiësto
War Chant (Marcel Dettmann Edit) - mixed - Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia, Marcel Dettmann
We Are You in the Future - Martyn
Chrono - Remastered Version - DJ Hidden
J'espere Ca - Machinefabriek
If the Hat Fits the Suit - The Ex
Once I Was a Lady - Lucky Fonz III
It's Time - Dog Faced Hermans
For All Slaves A Song Of False Hope II - Gnaw Their Tongues
Ursonate (1986): Erster Teil - Jaap Blonk

Resources


Estonia

List

Sa Haara Kinni Mu Käest - Tõnis Mägi
Tere Perestroika - J.M.K.E.
Upa-Upa Ubinakõnõ - Tuulikki Bartosik, Ramo Teder, Mari Kalkun
Õdangule - Maarja Nuut
Kauges külas - Curly Strings
Maa Hing (The Earth Soul) - Triinu Taul
Ära koo mu käpikuisse päikest - Tallinna Tehnikaülikooli Kammerkoor
Ilus Ole/Be fair - RÜÜT
(In the End) There's Only Love - Ewert and the Two Dragons
Mets Neidude Vahel - Collage
Change (Ballad of Barbie & Ken) - Röövel Ööbik
21.04 - Lootus
Kaks vööd - Remix - Bill Wells, Imandra Lake
Piccadilly At Night - Jimmy Roqsta
Ma Tahaksin Kodus Olla - Mari Kalkun
Kaes On Aeg - Velly Joonas
Buoyant March - Ratkiller
Langeb Tähti Sülle - Hypnosaurus
Last Night - Andres Lõo
Fish Sticks Rhapsody - Estrada Orchestra
X-RAY - Tommy Cash
Hingede Öö - Maria Minerva
Don't They Know - Mart Avi
Karolini Lugu Nr 1 - Nagy Bögö
Estonian Lullaby - Veljo Tormis, Jan Garbarek, The Hilliard Ensemble
Sonata for Solo Violin - Eduard Tubin, Frank Almond
Looduspildid - Veljo Tormis, musica intima
Für Alina - Arvo Pärt, Alexander Malter

Resources


Canada

List

Myriad Harbour - The New Pornographers
You Oughta Know - 2015 Remaster - Alanis Morissette
Critics - Gay
Cause = Time - Broken Social Scene
Jealous Of Your Cigarette - Hawksley Workman
No Cars Go - Arcade Fire
This Lamb Sells Condos - Owen Pallett
Alcohol - Barenaked Ladies
Barrett's Privateers - Stan Rogers
Suzanne - Leonard Cohen
California - Joni Mitchell
Miss Chatelaine - k.d. lang
Mushaboom - Feist
I Was A Daughter - Basia Bulat
Light Of Loving - Faith Healer
Freewill - Rush
Dear Coach's Corner - Propagandhi
Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) - Neil Young
Running On Nothing - Fucked Up
Fuck the Pain Away - Peaches
Feel Infinite - Jacques Greene
Es-so - Tune-Yards
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Kid Koala, Money Mark
In Red - Azeda Booth
Idlewild - Julia Kent
Duration Part One - Sixtoo
Duration Part Two - Sixtoo
Duration Part Three - Sixtoo
The righteous wrath of an honorable man - Colin Stetson
Storm - Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Resources


America

One per state could be cool.

...


Caveats

Alright, so it is weird to do one list for all of Brazil (pop. 210m) and one for Bristol (pop 0.6m). I welcome contributions from scholars of the music of Feira de Santana (or indeed from any place on earth).

My selection from non-Anglophone countries will be biased towards obviousness and against wit. I forgive a gifted lyricist almost anything (for instance, I love early Mountain Goats), and I mostly can’t here.

Most countries seems to have local Indie Gods. Tragically Hip (Canada), Microdisney (Ireland). Mostly don’t survive leaving their context.



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