By Alex Taylor
Manchester, the greatest city in the world. A city of culture, the working class. Every day people from all over the world fly in to it's busy airport, eager to absorb this cities incredible culture. Noel Gallagher, Paul Scholes, Fred Perry, Bernard Manning, all made their mark in this city, and is there any saying who will come out of make their name next...
Known for it's music and sport, Manchester has played a pivotal role in pop-culture. It's array of famous figures and brands has secured it's place on the large map of cultured cities. Today, I want to talk about what makes Manchester such an incredible city.
Let's start off in 1982, the grand-opening of Manchester's very own Haçienda, the quirky nightclub that sparked up a whole-new genre of music and a face for the city. It was in this club that young bands would showcase their talent to a wide audience. The psychedelic sounds mixed with the availability of narcotics had more and more people, nationwide traveling to hear the psychedelic sounds of pre-Madchester bands such as The Smiths and The Fall. The public were so taken away that they deemed 'Madchester' (or new wave) music a whole new genre. After word got out about a new band however, people were flying in from all corners of the globe to hear them. Vinyls and records were flying off shelves in every shop from Morecambe to Mozambique. This band went by the name of 'The Stone Roses'. The iconic lemon logo of the Roses could be seen on walls of bedrooms, t shirts, tattoos and everything else imaginable. The Roses began travelling the world performing famous songs such as 'Waterfall', 'Sally Cinnamon' and 'Fools Gold'.
After the closing of the Haçienda in 1997, the Madchester scene was long gone. All had not been lost however as by that time Manchester was saved by the working-class sounds of Oasis and The Verve. Their sounds have influenced many working-class cultures and the persona of the Oasis members have been just as documented as their iconic guitar sounds. As for The Verve, their One-Hit wonder, Bittersweet Symphony, has been played on every sports montage and England Football match since it's release back in 97.
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