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Manchester love songs: win £50 of vouchers

Jonathan Schofield on Valentine’s Day celebrates Manchester love songs and asks for your favourites

Written by . Published on February 14th 2008.


Manchester love songs: win £50 of vouchers

Listen. No Listen.

Ever fallen in love with someone, fallen in love with someone (come on, this is serious), fallen in love with someone, with someone, you SHOULDN’T have fallen in love with? Well have you? Have you? Lots have you know.

Morrissey yearns, ‘There are explosive kegs/ Between my legs/ Dear God, please help me/ Will you follow and know me more than you do.’ Ever felt as combustible with passion as that fellas?

Have you ever been in a situation where at the end of the day she said something which would have made Caligula blush? Does something tell you you’re into something good? Is there a messy stain on your wall which you cover up with a picture of the love of your life?

Manchester and love. And luuuurve. We’re a romantic city: the waters of the Irwell have serenaded a million love-birds; the French, in the Midland Hotel, has provided the backdrop to a thousand proposals.

But it’s in the songs where the passion has been best expressed. Four decades of pop music (shame-facedly we haven’t got room to include the older ballads) from Herman’s Hermits and the Hollies to Elbow and the Courteeners, via 10CC, New Order, The Smiths, Lisa Stansfield, Take That, Oasis, Doves and many many others. And as love is the main constituency of popular music the sentiments forged out of the affairs of Mancunian hearts have had people falling head over heels from Vegas to Vladivostok.

Such a range too, from classic slush such as the Mindbender's ‘Groovy kind of love’, to quality mush such as 10cc’s ‘I’m not in love’, to the complexity of emotion in New Order’s ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’ and the Buzzcocks', ‘Ever fallen in love’, to the pure ballads of Oasis’s ‘Live forever’ and Take That’s ‘Patience’.

There’s been some good smut as well. Let’s discuss in ‘Bob’s yer uncle’ by Happy Mondays what Sean Ryder is proposing exactly, and which way round? Meanwhile self-love seems to have been a preoccupation of Ian Brown, ‘I am the resurrection’, ‘I wanna be adored’. Yeah, Ian, we love you. You’re great.

Then there’s Morrissey, there’s always Morrissey. Nothing can top his physical enthusiasm for his beloved in ‘Dear God please help me’. Here he sings, he yearns, ‘There are explosive kegs/ Between my legs/ Dear God, please help me/ Will you follow and know me more than you do.’ Ever felt as combustible as that fellas?

Anyway we want you to let us know your favourite Manchester love songs. The most convincing argument or personal story (did this song feed a passion and how?) wins £50 to spend in a record shop of your choice. On love songs….or even Death Metal or Grime.

This is a baker’s dozen, in no order, we’ve put together in the office

Tryin’ - Broke ‘n’ English
Million Love Songs – Take That
Ten Storey Love Song – Stone Roses
Live Forever – Oasis
Bizarre Love Triangle – New Order
Dirty Old Town - Ewan McColl (and the Pogues)
I can’t stop loving you – A Certain RatioStars – Simply Red
I’m not in love – 10cc
Bus stop – The Hollies
There is a light and it never goes out – The Smiths
Last Broadcast – Doves
More than a woman - Bee Gees

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62 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

JennFebruary 14th 2008.

It has to be this-'Do you daretake a breathdo you dream of a tragic deathi know you dodo you wail, do you weepdo you sing yourself to sleppyou delicate flowerand so what is love?and who am i?to dare to pull the stars from your favourite skyyou were bornforth from joyyou're every girl and boyyou know you are, you know you areand you dresslike a dameand you burn on a catholic flameby the hours, by the hoursand so what is love?and who am i?to dare to pull the stars from your favourite skyyou possess, s'avoir faireput cheap bleach on your hairyou know you doyou know you dodo you daretake a breathdo you dream of a tragic deathyou delicate flowerand so what is love?and who am i?to dare to pull the stars from your favourite skyand so what is love?and who am i?to dare to pull the stars from your favourite skyfrom your favourite sky'

MahewFebruary 14th 2008.

There was a song I loved a while back called slowly rain falling over Manchester by 39Phoenix - did they become Sonar Yen or something. This was a silly sad song but it was a phase in my life where I met someone and she didn't really want to know and I didn't tell her but I still think of her.

AnonymousFebruary 14th 2008.

I like Carole King's You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman.

SpikeyFebruary 14th 2008.

Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've) by the Buzzcocksreminds me of my misspent youth in Rafter's Manchester,you know the scene just dress down, put on some gel and have a hell of a timenow I'm overweight bald and if I tried to do the pogo I'd most likely have a fart attack!!

alan14February 14th 2008.

How about Love Vigilantes by New Order

eros-smithFebruary 14th 2008.

what no Granma we love you.by St winifreds school choir?

AnonymousFebruary 14th 2008.

More than a woman, Bee Gees is my all time fav. I was out with the girls last year, and requested this song, this guy came up to me and started singing it to me and could dance like John Travolta. It was the most passionate act I have ever seen by a man, he was dead fit and muscley as he swooned me around the dance floor. He told me if ever I needed him, just call, gave me his number and walked away, didn't even ask for a kiss....

AnonymousFebruary 14th 2008.

Oasis - Slideaway. Beautiful and also has a good line to put into Valentine cards.

LeeFebruary 14th 2008.

Twist, I am kloot dark and very deadly haha

AnonymousFebruary 14th 2008.

You're The One For Me Fatty - Morrissey, we toyed with the idea of having this as our 1st dance for ages!

Miss MFebruary 14th 2008.

I Wanna be Adored - Stone Roses. The first song my boyfriend and I danced to at South on our first date!

JohnboyFebruary 14th 2008.

For the late Freddie - Garrity , not Mercury - and those other Dreamers (including my friend Roy over in Tenerife), it would have to be 'You Were Made For Me'. Romantic - with a load of laughs to boot!

CSFebruary 14th 2008.

Has to be The Mast by RSL. The first time I saw them perform this live was with a guy I had just started seeing - he worked away during the week and came back every Thursday night, and it was early enough in the game for us both to be a little shy. We'd been dancing around a little awkwardly since the gig started, and when this song came on it built up so slowly, but then the beat dropped in and the whole room was singing, "And the love will be strong..." I turned round to see my chap dancing. I couldn't stop smiling and he picked me up there on the dancefloor and kissed me. That's when I knew I'd found someone special, and for the last two and a half years I've been happier with that chap than anyone can hope for.

KevinFebruary 14th 2008.

Lisa Stansfield's trek around the world to find her baby

Paulie MFebruary 14th 2008.

'Great Expectations' by Elbow, from 'Leaders of the free world' album. Beautiful song about his wedding day :)

GrandwazooFebruary 14th 2008.

'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' Ewan Macoll for his wife Peggy Seeger - its been covered by lots of people. I saw it done by June Tubor at the RNCM a few years ago. It made a grown man cry for the first time since he was a boy. Check the versions out on youtube. Also the other favourite by a stretch is 'There is a light and it never goes out - The Smiths

AnonymousFebruary 14th 2008.

'Station Approach' by Elbow always gets me. Last year I left Manchester to live with my boyfriend of three years. Turns out he was a bit of an eejit and London sucked, so back i came.This song came on my ipod just as I left Piccadilly Station. So it always reminds me of a lost love, but also reminds me how much I love Manchester and how suddenly I knew I'd made the right decision to come back. Ah, a love song for Manchester..."...But coming home I feel like IDesigned these buildings I walk byYou know you drive me up the wallI need to see your face that's allYou little sod, I love your eyesBe everything to me tonightI never know what I want but I know when I'm low that I need to be in the town where they know what I'm like and don't mind"

MeFebruary 14th 2008.

Lamb, Gorecki. Reminds me of standing in the rain loved up at an eclipse festival thinking wow, her voice sounds even purer live.

GordoFebruary 14th 2008.

Calling the police. you lot need locking up.

Old fartFebruary 14th 2008.

Er...sorry but Wayne Fontana didn't do"Groovey kind of love" the Mindbenders recrded it after he left.

fredFebruary 14th 2008.

It has to be Bizarre Love Triangle. I found myself at the point of one of these once and the lyrics seemed so poignant because I really loved one half but I couldn't for various reasons break away from the other part. It was sad and the song has that sadness about it. I've just put it on to listen to it now. "Everytime I think of you I feel shot right through with a bolt of blue."

LouFebruary 14th 2008.

Laid - James. Reminds me of being young, energetic and in love with life in my student days.

RachFebruary 14th 2008.

Take That - Nobody Else, had it for my first dance at my wedding - Fabbo!

AnonymousFebruary 14th 2008.

Just Like Fred Astaire - James.My friends had this as their first dance - sublime.

Pennine fanFebruary 14th 2008.

If we're talking about a song that is for the love of Manchester then the only song that fits is 'Manchester Morning' as sung by the Pennine Folk back in the 70s and written by Ken Campbell, one of the group. At least there is no doubt about the subject!! It was also used by Manchester University to support their promotional film. Some of the songs listed are more about the artists.

Mick HucknallFebruary 14th 2008.

Anything by me really

JoFebruary 14th 2008.

And how can we forget Puressence and lots of songs...but I love Heart of Gold

GabbyFebruary 14th 2008.

Million love songsNuff said

JonathanFebruary 14th 2008.

Bob Dylan - which part of Greater Manchester is he from then? Is it the extreme west of the conurbation?

loveydoveyFebruary 14th 2008.

I nominate Manchester Hip Hop group Broke n English's romantic love song "L.O.V.E" which reminisces about a past love with lyrics such as “Where you at now? You still in Stockport? I remember when you used to wear Rockport”

MeFebruary 14th 2008.

It has to be "brighter days" by Patrick Briscoe.A proper manc song with love and hope in the face of adversity. Genius.

Helen HFebruary 14th 2008.

how could we forget Magic in the Air by Badly Drawn Boy !!

AnonymousFebruary 14th 2008.

She Is Love...Oasis! Amazing!!

FulcanelliFebruary 14th 2008.

Dirty Old Town (trad)Strictly, it's about Salford - but who cares about them?

AnonymousFebruary 14th 2008.

Oasis - SlideawayBeautiful and also has a good line to put into Valentine cards.

JoFebruary 14th 2008.

Lamb's Gorecki, thanks for that folks, it's beautiful, wouldn't have found out about it apart from this site. But also listen to Azura by 808 State featuring the same singer, Louise Rhodes. Beautiful.

AnonymousFebruary 14th 2008.

For me, the ultimate Manchester Valentines song is Sally Cinnamon by The Stone Roses. With the chorus 'Sent to me from heaven, Sally Cinnamon, You're my world', this is inside the Valentines card today. Not only is my lovely lady called sally, but as the song says, i wasn't happy before I met her, I needed so much more

roubiliacFebruary 14th 2008.

Birds may come and birds may go but my town stays the same so its 'Manchester' by Brian Glancy for me.

tricky wooFebruary 14th 2008.

Tart Tart by the Happy Mondays always does it for me.

lovestruckFebruary 14th 2008.

A vote here for two of Stockport's finest musos, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. 'Building A Bridge To Your Heart' is one of the most uplifting tunes this ludicrously talented pair came up with - definitely the perfect antedote to the dirge of 'I'm Not In Love'!

PaulieFebruary 14th 2008.

Bob Dylan - shooting Star, real nice love (Lost) song :)! go Bob!

JoFebruary 14th 2008.

World of Twist - She's Like A Rainbow........Class xxx

MuzzyFebruary 14th 2008.

Surely its got to be The Smiths- There Is A Light That Never Goes Out": who can forget the lines "And if a double decker bus, crashes into us, to die by your side, well the pleasure the privelege is mine". Beautiful. Even better though is in the same somng- "And in a darkened underpass, i though Oh god my chance has come at last, and then a strange fear gripped me and I just couldn't ask"- surely we've all experienced this? Blimey, even writing about it gives me shivers down my spine. What The Beatles spent the early part of their career trying to express, our Stephen did in a handful of lines. Genius.

Jonathan SchofieldFebruary 14th 2008.

Old fart you are right and I apologise. Now corrected.

AnonymousFebruary 14th 2008.

"Rennyroosta says..“ Lamb - Gorecki - if you havent listened to this one then give it a go. Im in love like this and it's amazing xXx”" Totally forget about this being a Manc band... This is the shortlist for first dances, along with Louis Armstrong- We Have All The Time In The World...

anneaFebruary 14th 2008.

Groovy 'Kind of Love' one of my favorite songs of all time 'Ashes to Ashes' 'Hear comes the night' just takes me back to my teenage years like it was yesterday. Woooo.

TommoFebruary 14th 2008.

Am I missing something? Manchester love songs? Carole King? Bob Dylan?

kesFebruary 14th 2008.

She's Electric' by Oasis.” this was a dedicated song to me on valentines day,awww how sweet is that ;-)

cllr.pat karneyFebruary 14th 2008.

Love songs sang and mimed by ordinary Mancs should be allowed--memories of falling in love in the Kings on Oldham St."If you go away" and "Unbreak my heart"in impecable ASDAAAA Manc accents- Oldham St moved for me.Thanks to Richard Leese and Lucy Mycock for my fab cards today.

Burt CocaineFebruary 14th 2008.

Can we squeeze in Autechre as a Manchester band? If so, um, 'Amber' is my Valenlovely choice...round about the time I fell in love with different characters and finally Manchester itself. I'll have a Voodoo Ray also, which I'm misled to believe is an electronicalised ode to falling in love over cross dimensions. Hard pushed to beat Marr and Mozza synching up (as in the aforementioned in the article) in god's loving conduit and badly drawn knitwear's 'The Shining' is quite a gorgeous musical-thank to love.So I'm going for the theme tune to 'Chorlton and the wheelies' because it reminds me of my luvvly childtime.Do I win Vinni Reilly's knees?

AnonymousFebruary 14th 2008.

She is love....Oasis!!

JenFebruary 14th 2008.

It's got to be 'She's Electric' by Oasis.

RennyroostaFebruary 14th 2008.

Lamb - Gorecki - if you havent listened to this one then give it a go. Im in love like this and it's amazing xXx

CupidFebruary 14th 2008.

I know someone who chose as their first dance wedding song, Love will tear us apart by Joy Division. Not the best sentiment at a wedding maybe.

AliFebruary 14th 2008.

"lately you gona be the one that saves me, cause after all your my wonderwall". Oasis. This was sang to me after a really bad cold by the man that I married 6 years ago...... and today I didn't get a valentine (still time I know) but when it's been that good you can forgive.

vicarinatutuFebruary 14th 2008.

"girlfriend in a coma" - has to be.(but, you know, I would hateanything to happen to her).......

ACFebruary 14th 2008.

New Order - Temptation, mighty fine song from a mighty fine band, excellent mini rendition in Trainspotting too!

MonkeyFebruary 14th 2008.

Ten Storey Love Song...it's got to be.happy V day xxx

paulieFebruary 14th 2008.

ha ha sorry Jonathan! didn't understand the theme at first !

The King Of PrestwichFebruary 14th 2008.

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - the missus & I walked down the aisle to it in December at The Lowry. It was the best day of my life!!We also had She Is Love on our playlist, ace song!! :)

Shaz58February 14th 2008.

The Hollies - Air that I Breathe is my fave love song from a Manc band. It makes me get goose bumps and tingle from head to foot everytime I hear it.

Ian's wifeFebruary 14th 2008.

Kloot - Not A Reasonable Man and Proof...

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