B-Side showcases West Midlands musical talent

Bside projectBlack Sabbath, Broadcast and the Streets are among the acts on a new 21-track LP showcasing the best music from the West Midlands.

A long list of tracks was drawn up through public nominations, celebrity ‘selfies’ and suggestions on Twitter.

This was then discussed and distilled into the final selection by a panel of industry experts,

Matt Everitt, BBC 6Music presenter and chair of the panel, said: ‘Birmingham’s musical output is often looked at in simplistic terms, but what we’ve tried to do (in my mind successfully) is capture some of the inventiveness, diversity, humour, passion and flair that the area has produced.

‘The remit wasn’t just to pay lip service to the obvious names, nor champion the unsung or promote the next generation – but to create a playlist of amazing music regardless of age or genre. A collection of songs that you’d love to listen to regardless of its geographical birthplace.’

Laura Mvula added: ‘As a product of the city myself, I was delighted to be involved; I’ve learned so much – it’s been the ultimate music lesson – every school should have one of these!’

The full tracklisting is below. Visit visitbirmingham.com/bside to listen to the song collection.

­­­Apache Indian – Arranged Marriage (1992)
Joan Armatrading – Love & Affection (1976)
Black Sabbath – War Pigs (1970)
Broadcast – The Book Lovers (1996)
The Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin’ (1966)
The Devils – Barbarellas (2002)
Dexys Midnight Runners – This Is What She’s Like (1985)
ELO – Mr Blue Sky (1977)
Felt – Primitive Painters (1985)
Fine Young Cannibals – I’m Not The Man I Used To Be (1988)
Soweto Kinch – Jazz Planet (2004)
Laura Mvula ­– She (2013)
Musical Youth – Pass The Dutchie (1982)
Ocean Colour Scene – The Day We Caught The Train (1996)
Jocelyn Pook – Red Song (2001)
The Specials – Gangsters (1979)
Steel Pulse – Handsworth Revolution (1978)
The Streets – Turn The Page (2002)
Torqux feat. Lady Leshurr – Blazin’ (2013)
UB40 – One In Ten (1981)
The Wonder Stuff – Caught In My Shadow (1991)