Putting The Beatles Aside For Just A Second, This Is Liverpool Music That You Should Be Listening To

1. ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN / “THE KILLING MOON” (1984).

Partly inspired by balalaika music from Russia, “The Killing Moon”, which is the lead single from the 1984 album entitled Ocean Rain and whose chord progression is based on David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” but played backwards, is one of Echo & The Bunnymen’s highest-charting songs, having peaked at #9 in the UK Singles Chart.

2. THE SEARCHERS / “NEEDLES AND PINS” (1964).

Written by Sonny Bono (of Sonny & Cher) and Jack Nitzsche, “Needles And Pins” is a song which has been recorded by a number of different artists, including Del Shannon, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and The Searchers (on their 1964 album entitled It’s The Searchers). The Searchers’ version reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart.

3. CAST / “WALKAWAY” (1995).

Taken from their 1995 debut album All Change, “Walkaway” is a song which contributed to firmly cementing Cast’s place in the britpop scene of the mid-1990s, with which prominent acts such as Blur, Oasis, Pulp and Suede are associated. The song peaked at #9 in the UK Singles Chart.

4. THE LA’S / “THERE SHE GOES” (1988).

“There She Goes”, which is seen by many as a song about the use of heroin, possibly due to lyrics such as “There she goes again… racing through my brain… pulsing through my vein… no one else can heal my pain“, is a song taken from the self-titled album The La’s, which, to date, is the band’s only studio album. The 1990 release of “There She Goes” peaked at #13 in the UK Singles Chart.

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