iPod Shuffle - Whippin Piccadilly [ Manchester, The London Road Bridge ]
Gomez - "Whippin' Piccadilly" - Play this track here.
Gomez are an English indie rock band from Southport, comprising Ian Ball (vocals, guitar), Paul "Blackie" Blackburn (bass), Tom Gray (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Ben Ottewell (vocals, guitars) and Olly Peacock (drums, synths, computers). The band is distinguished for having three singers and four songwriters, employing traditional and electronic instruments. Their sound is versatile and evades typical music genres falling into blues, indie, alternative, rock, folk, psychedelic and experimental.
Their first album, Bring It On, won the Mercury Music Prize in 1998, giving them much media attention in the UK and throughout the world. Later awards came from the NME and Q Magazine along with a Brit Awards nomination. Bring It On is the debut album that this track comes from.
Gomez entered the recording studios in late 1997 to turn their demos into an album. As well, Gomez toured the UK with Embrace. Their first single "78 Stone Wobble" was released in March 1998 with their debut album Bring It On coming out a month later.
The album received a good critical response from both sides of the Atlantic with Spin calling it a "damn beautiful album". Sales in the UK really took off when it won the 1998 Mercury Music Prize for best album beating the favourites Massive Attack's Mezzanine and The Verve's Urban Hymns. "Get Myself Arrested" and "Whippin' Piccadilly" were later released as singles.
This bridge links the Canal St area with Piccadilly railway station. Manchester Piccadilly (Manchester London Road until 1960) is the principal railway station in Manchester, England. It serves intercity routes to London Euston, Birmingham New Street, South Wales, the south coast of England, Edinburgh and Glasgow Central, and routes throughout northern England. Two platforms for the Manchester Metrolink light rail network are located in the station's undercroft. Piccadilly is one of 18 British railway stations managed by Network Rail.
Piccadilly is the busiest station in Manchester ahead of Victoria, Deansgate, Salford Central and Oxford Road. It is the fourth busiest station in the United Kingdom outside London,[clarification needed] after Birmingham New Street, Glasgow Central and Leeds. According to Network Rail, which manages it, over 28.5 million people use the station annually.
The station received a five-year £100m refurbishment in 2002, which was the most expensive improvement on the UK rail network at the time. According to an independent poll carried out in 2007, Manchester Piccadilly has the highest customer satisfaction level of any UK station, with 92% of passengers satisfied with the station; the national average was 60%
The station was renamed London Road station in 1847, around the time the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway was formed (later to become the Great Central Railway). The Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway (MSJAR) opened its line from Manchester Oxford Road railway station to London Road on 1 August 1849 and built its own platforms adjacent to the main part of the station. These platforms were referred to as the MSJAR or South Junction platforms. During the early 1880s the station was enlarged. The MSJAR platforms and the bridge over Fairfield Street were demolished and an island platform, on girder bridges, opened on 16 May 1882.
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