Every Band We’ve Been Compared To In Print

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Want to know every band we’ve been compared to in print?


Well, tough.

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Amanda Nordin

Nordin grew up in Los Angeles. Her first release, the Airwalker EP appeared in 2007 courtesy of K Records. It included a cover of the Siouxsie and the Banshees song, “Lunar Camel.” The EP was described by Pitchfork Media as “cryptic, compelling short” with “half-crooned, half-spoken vocals into a bed of interlocking guitars, rigid beats, and analogue synths, creating an air of mystery out of disconnected images.”

Her first full-length, A Place Where We Could Go followed in 2008. In its review, Allmusic pictured her way of singing as a mix between Gene Vincent,Buddy Holly, Morrissey and Alan Vega.

In 2009, the singer released the critically acclaimed Slow Dance. To promote the release, she embarked on a tour throughout the year, including dates at the Primavera Festival.

In 2010, Nordin described her third album Splash as “Pavement meets Evol-era Sonic Youth played by Siouxsie Sioux.” Splash was released at the end of May : a tour was later cancelled due to health problems.

In spring 2011, Nordin returned with a new album, Dreamy Diary which was a mix of indie-pop and alt-rock. She was compared to scottish band Belle and Sebastian.

Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Westerlund

Lisa Bouvier Westerlund (May 27, 1971 – April 25, 2002) better known by her stage name Left Eye, was an American rapper, singer-songwriter, dancer, musician, television hostess, and actress. She is best known as a member of the R&B/Hip-hop girl group TLC.  Westerlund contributed her self-written raps to many of TLC’s hit singles, including “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg“, “What About Your Friends“, “Hat 2 da Back“, “No Scrubs“, “Waterfalls“, and “Girl Talk“.

Top Ten Psychological Games

Here are ten games and questions you can ask yourself to pass the time. In no particular order…

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1.Work out who hates you most in the world. Someone must just as there’s someone who loves you most, right?

2.What would it be like if you met yourself without knowing it was you? Would you get along?

3.Would you rather find out all the nasty things you’ve said about people over your life or they find out the nasty things you’ve said about them?

4.Ask your friends the most debauched thing they’ve ever done and see if you feel the same way about them afterwards.

5.Imagine talking to your 14 year old self for an hour about your life now.

6.Compare your life now to your parents at the same age.

7.Discuss whether you’d rather be 18 or 30.

8. Think of the three people closest to you and what they need to do to improve their lives. Then try doing it for yourself…

9. Think about the most embarrassing thing you’ve done and try to stop feeling embarrassed by it.

10. Think of all the people in your life you’ve fancied that you would be embarrassed if anyone else found out about. Think about why for each of them. What does this say about you?

Narrative Nick Thoume


Sometimes there’s a man… I won’t say a hero, ’cause, what’s a hero? But sometimes, there’s a man. And I’m talkin’ about  Nick Thoume here. Sometimes, there’s a man, well, he’s the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that’s Nick Thoume, in Lancaster. And even if he’s a lazy man – and the Nick Thoume was most certainly that. Quite possibly the laziest in Lancashire, which would place him high in the runnin’ for laziest worldwide. But sometimes there’s a man, sometimes, there’s a man. Aw. I lost my train of thought here. But… aw, hell. I’ve done introduced him enough.

City Comparisons

I’ve long been fascinated by the fact that places are sometimes referred to as “the something of something else” (for example Montreal is the Paris of Canda).

I’m not sure why. Possibly because it strikes me as really stupid and a little derogatory – that a place is only important in it’s relation to something else or we can boil a place down to one or two characteristics. Maybe it’s because of how tenuous some of the comparisons are – Newport is the Welsh seattle anyone? Perhaps it’s because it strikes me as incredibly lazy journalism of the “band a + band b = band c” type. Probably it’s just because it strikes me as a little odd.

For whatever reason, I have developed a love for these stupid comparisons and began collecting them. And now, with a little help from my friends, I have a biased and completely incomplete list of them. These are all genuine. Google them.

In fact if you want to find more just think of

a) a famous place

b) a direction, country or landmass

type them into google and Bob’s your relative of choice.



17th Century Amsterdam = The California of the East

Why: Place for free thinking; vaguely “cool


19th Century  St Etienne = The Birmingham of France

Why: Grew rapidly with coal and iron, apparently.


1930s Shanghai = The Liverpool of the East

Why: Big ol’ port


1990s Newport = The Welsh Seattle

Why: Good bands; had scene

Bangalore = The Silicon Valley of India

Why: Has lots of people answering phones.


Brighton = London on Sea

Why: Full of people who work in London


Bude, Cornwall = Brighton of the West

Why: Seaside town; probably “cool”


Cisely, Alaska = The Paris of the North

Why: Full of free thinkers (note: this place is not real)


Dunedin = The Edinburgh of the South

Why: It was formed by Scottish settlers who named it after Edinburgh.


Hebden Bridge = Brighton of Yorkshire

Why: Large gay population; vaguely “cool”


Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) = The Paris of East

Why: Has culture; speak French


Johannesburg = The New York of Africa

Why: Has sky scrapers; is big.


Leeds = Knightsbridge of the North

Why: Has a Harvey Nichols


Liverpool = The Barcelona of the North

Why: Was European Capital of Culture, wanted to be more cultural


Many, Many cities  = The Venice of the East

Why: Have canals; are east of Venice


Montreal = The Paris of Canada

Why: Speak French; is in Canada.


New York = Modern Day Sodom and Gomorrah

Why: Lax morals


Saint Petersburg, Amsterdam, Bruges, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Manchester = The Venice of the North

Why: Have canals; are north of Venice


Shanghai = The New York of China

Why: Important commercial centre, but in China


Sheffield  = The Rome of the North

Why: Built on seven hills

Sydney = The London of the South Seas

Why: Commercial centre that speaks English.

23 Essays I Could Theoretically Write About Ketchup

1. Ketchup and childhood: Comfort foods and their Proustian links to growing up.

2.”So the big tomato squashed the baby one and shouted…” : Ketchup jokes and their relationship to society.

3. Ketchup with everything: The eating habits of those who require sauce on all things.

4. Ketchup and Class: What ketchup and its consummation say about status.

5. Ketchup or Catsup? : The etymology of why Americans have two words for this condiment.

6. Ketchup or Catsup? : What the knowledge of Britons about Americans two words for ketchup says about Anglo-American relations.”

7.”I don’t like tomatoes”: People who won’t eat tomatoes and love ketchup – a study on insanity.

8.”Do you want red sauce with that?” – Is takeaway sauce strictly ketchup?

9. Ketchupophaelia: A study of those sexually attracted to ketchup.

10.”That’s not blood, it’s just ketchup” – Common place items used to placate children.

11. Ketchup as signifier: Ketchup in film and its use to set scene.

12. Ketchup branding: How the brand changes the way we taste.

13. Ketchup on Roadkill: Ketchup, the great palletiser.

14. The ergonomics of the ketchup bottle: How ketchup bottle design shows changes in British design throughout the twentieth century.

15. Ketchup, Salsa and Pickle: The tricontinent development of tomato based condiments.

16. A bath of ketchup: Ketchup and charity stunts.

17. Heinz, HP or Daddy’s: which feels best in your pants?

18. The Ketchup Pit! : Use of condiments in obstacles in 1990’s kids’ TV shows.

19.”I prefer mayonnaise”: Choice of condiment as self-aggrandisement.

20. When is ketchup not ketchup? : Can you make recognisable ketchup by removing base ingredients?

21. The perfect ketchup: Scientific dreams of a madman.

22. Ketchup as anarchist activity: The use of condiments in protest movements from 1960 onwards.

23. Why is ketchup the only foodstuff I don’t like? : Shoulder shrugging with John Perry.

John, Dec 11