From Fatboy to Phats and Small: Brighton and Hove in ten songs

The Argus: From Fatboy to Phats and Small: Brighton and Hove in ten bands From Fatboy to Phats and Small: Brighton and Hove in ten bands

Brighton and Hove has always had a buzzing music scene from indie pop to dance and beyond.

While it is almost impossible to sum up a city in 10 bands or artists, here is a selection that charts the sounds of our seaside home.

Fatboy Slim

Technically not from Brighton and Hove but an adopted son, Fatboy Slim aka Norman Cook will always be remembered for his epic beach gig in 2002 that drew a reported 250,000 spectators. His A-list credentials were affirmed when the video for Weapon of Choice was directed by Spike Jonze and featured Hollywood star Christopher Walken.

Bat for Lashes

Natasha Khan aka Bat For Lashes, came to the fore in 2007 when her album Fur and Gold was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. Going from strength to strength she has most recently collaborated with Damon Albarn of Blur fame.

The Kooks

Naive was the anthem of 2006 as The Kooks exploded onto the scene with their debut album Inside In/Inside Out. With the departure of Max Rafferty and the onerous task of trying to put out a second album that could come close to the success of the first, the band have not quite matched the heights of 2006 but continue to tour.

The Maccabees

Another indie pop success, The Maccabees are set to release album number four this September following on from Colour It In in 2007,  Wall of Arms, released on 4 May 2009 and their most recent album Given to the Wild released on 9 January 2012. Given to the Wild was certified gold and nominated for the 2012 Mercury Music Prize, confirming the band as an indie powerhouse.

Rizzle Kicks

Mama Do the Hump was a sensaton and the boys from Brighton haven't looked back. From agitating Huey from Fun lovin Criminals on Never Mind the Buzzcocks to playin Glastonbury, the duo are on the rise and picking up the dance mantle.

British Sea Power

Performing for more than a decade, British Sea Power continue to thrill fans. From performing at a cafe in Saltdean in November 2007 to Berwick Village Hall in May 2011, the band are renowned for live performances in intimate settings.

Phats and Small

The summer of 1999 meant the end of the millenium and the sound of Phats and Small. Turn Around was a huge hit for the dance duo, continuing the rich vein of dance acts coming from the area. Extra kudos is given for the puntastic name of their dbut album Now Phats What I Small Music.

The Go Team

Continuing a theme, The Go Team's debut album Thunder, Lightning, Strike was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize in 2005. Marrying indie and garage rock, the band released three albums before going on a hiatus.

The Electric Soft Parade

Brothers Alex and Thomas White formed this band in 2001. Four albums later and they are one of Brighton's success stories. The brothers have also been at the heart of side project Brakes while Alex is behind another Brighton band The Pippettes.

Krafty Kuts

Krafty Kuts has won "best DJ" three years in a row as well as being honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to Breakbeat award at the Breakspoll Awards. Real name Martin Reeves, Krafty Kuts has been caryring the flag for electronic and breakbeats in the city and is one of the the biggest players on the world dance scene.

Have we missed someone out? What would be your list? Let us know below.

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11:01am Thu 20 Feb 14

Richada says...

You've missed out Al Start there.
You've missed out Al Start there. Richada

11:12am Thu 20 Feb 14

bob loblaw's law blog says...

Fujiya & Miyagi - Ankle Injuries
Fujiya & Miyagi - Ankle Injuries bob loblaw's law blog

11:15am Thu 20 Feb 14

Jamesthegill says...

Blood Red Shoes.
Blood Red Shoes. Jamesthegill

11:17am Thu 20 Feb 14

The Real Phil says...

Piranhas, Peter And The Test Tube Babies, Wreckless Eric, Captain Sensible?
Piranhas, Peter And The Test Tube Babies, Wreckless Eric, Captain Sensible? The Real Phil

11:19am Thu 20 Feb 14

Postman_Pat says...

How could you not include The Levellers!!
How could you not include The Levellers!! Postman_Pat

11:22am Thu 20 Feb 14

ashleybythesea says...

The Ordinary Boys.

Technically from Worthing (although at least half of the bands mentioned in the article have only one member from Brighton or merely formed here). Forget all that celebrity big brother nonsense, their debut album was class and they're decent live.
The Ordinary Boys. Technically from Worthing (although at least half of the bands mentioned in the article have only one member from Brighton or merely formed here). Forget all that celebrity big brother nonsense, their debut album was class and they're decent live. ashleybythesea

11:56am Thu 20 Feb 14

s&k says...

Not exactly Manchester is it?
Not exactly Manchester is it? s&k

12:00pm Thu 20 Feb 14

aBloke says...

The Levellers
The Levellers aBloke

12:02pm Thu 20 Feb 14

spuddah says...

Oh dear Argos. You keep pushing this one about Brightons music scene. Sorry but you can never ever catch the buzz, the brilliance and everything else that the Manchester music scene was is and will be. They are a vast many streets ahead of any other UK or European city,probably the world.
Oh dear Argos. You keep pushing this one about Brightons music scene. Sorry but you can never ever catch the buzz, the brilliance and everything else that the Manchester music scene was is and will be. They are a vast many streets ahead of any other UK or European city,probably the world. spuddah

12:03pm Thu 20 Feb 14

John60 says...

The only one with any credibility is Bat For lashes, all the rest are ****!
The only one with any credibility is Bat For lashes, all the rest are ****! John60

12:11pm Thu 20 Feb 14

jamus77 says...

Not exactly 'home-grown' this talent is it? British Sea Power are all northerners! At least bands 'from' Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool etc tend to come from Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool etc
Not exactly 'home-grown' this talent is it? British Sea Power are all northerners! At least bands 'from' Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool etc tend to come from Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool etc jamus77

12:40pm Thu 20 Feb 14

PaulOckenden says...

Midnight & The Lemon Boys.
Midnight & The Lemon Boys. PaulOckenden

12:45pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Caute3 says...

This is extraordinary - an article about Brighton bands (most of whom are not from Brighton) that fails to mention the Willkommen Collective - a collection of musicians named after Will Calderbank who form at least a dozen home-grown Brighton bands: Laish, Sons of Noel and Adrian, The Leisure Society, Laura Marling, Peggy Sue, The Climbers, The Miserable Rich, Alessi's Ark, Tristram, Eyes and No Eyes, The Mariner's Children, Emma Gatrill, The Unthanks, Curly Hair, Shorelines, The Unthanks.... I'm running out of room...
This is extraordinary - an article about Brighton bands (most of whom are not from Brighton) that fails to mention the Willkommen Collective - a collection of musicians named after Will Calderbank who form at least a dozen home-grown Brighton bands: Laish, Sons of Noel and Adrian, The Leisure Society, Laura Marling, Peggy Sue, The Climbers, The Miserable Rich, Alessi's Ark, Tristram, Eyes and No Eyes, The Mariner's Children, Emma Gatrill, The Unthanks, Curly Hair, Shorelines, The Unthanks.... I'm running out of room... Caute3

1:06pm Thu 20 Feb 14

ronrostog says...

How about 70's punk rockers Chelsea? Well, their lead singer lives and works here so it counts as much as some of the above tenuous linked bands in the article. Still, always Atilla the Stockbroker, he's pretty home grown (Southwick).
How about 70's punk rockers Chelsea? Well, their lead singer lives and works here so it counts as much as some of the above tenuous linked bands in the article. Still, always Atilla the Stockbroker, he's pretty home grown (Southwick). ronrostog

1:09pm Thu 20 Feb 14

vatican1963 says...

So the Leveller's headline the biggest ever Glastonbury crowd on The Pyramid Stage yet they fail to make this list? Ludicrous! As mentioned above the Piranha's aren't just a part of Brighton culture but popular culture in the UK because of "Tom Hark. Both glaring omissions from that list!
So the Leveller's headline the biggest ever Glastonbury crowd on The Pyramid Stage yet they fail to make this list? Ludicrous! As mentioned above the Piranha's aren't just a part of Brighton culture but popular culture in the UK because of "Tom Hark. Both glaring omissions from that list! vatican1963

1:37pm Thu 20 Feb 14

s&k says...

Caute3 wrote:
This is extraordinary - an article about Brighton bands (most of whom are not from Brighton) that fails to mention the Willkommen Collective - a collection of musicians named after Will Calderbank who form at least a dozen home-grown Brighton bands: Laish, Sons of Noel and Adrian, The Leisure Society, Laura Marling, Peggy Sue, The Climbers, The Miserable Rich, Alessi's Ark, Tristram, Eyes and No Eyes, The Mariner's Children, Emma Gatrill, The Unthanks, Curly Hair, Shorelines, The Unthanks.... I'm running out of room...
The Unthanks are from Newcastle aren't they?
[quote][p][bold]Caute3[/bold] wrote: This is extraordinary - an article about Brighton bands (most of whom are not from Brighton) that fails to mention the Willkommen Collective - a collection of musicians named after Will Calderbank who form at least a dozen home-grown Brighton bands: Laish, Sons of Noel and Adrian, The Leisure Society, Laura Marling, Peggy Sue, The Climbers, The Miserable Rich, Alessi's Ark, Tristram, Eyes and No Eyes, The Mariner's Children, Emma Gatrill, The Unthanks, Curly Hair, Shorelines, The Unthanks.... I'm running out of room...[/p][/quote]The Unthanks are from Newcastle aren't they? s&k

1:59pm Thu 20 Feb 14

jamus77 says...

Caute3 wrote:
This is extraordinary - an article about Brighton bands (most of whom are not from Brighton) that fails to mention the Willkommen Collective - a collection of musicians named after Will Calderbank who form at least a dozen home-grown Brighton bands: Laish, Sons of Noel and Adrian, The Leisure Society, Laura Marling, Peggy Sue, The Climbers, The Miserable Rich, Alessi's Ark, Tristram, Eyes and No Eyes, The Mariner's Children, Emma Gatrill, The Unthanks, Curly Hair, Shorelines, The Unthanks.... I'm running out of room...
Laura Marling is from Hampshire, The Unthanks are from Northumberland...but yeah, 'home-grown' and all that....
[quote][p][bold]Caute3[/bold] wrote: This is extraordinary - an article about Brighton bands (most of whom are not from Brighton) that fails to mention the Willkommen Collective - a collection of musicians named after Will Calderbank who form at least a dozen home-grown Brighton bands: Laish, Sons of Noel and Adrian, The Leisure Society, Laura Marling, Peggy Sue, The Climbers, The Miserable Rich, Alessi's Ark, Tristram, Eyes and No Eyes, The Mariner's Children, Emma Gatrill, The Unthanks, Curly Hair, Shorelines, The Unthanks.... I'm running out of room...[/p][/quote]Laura Marling is from Hampshire, The Unthanks are from Northumberland...but yeah, 'home-grown' and all that.... jamus77

1:59pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Saltdean Resident says...

s&k wrote:
Caute3 wrote:
This is extraordinary - an article about Brighton bands (most of whom are not from Brighton) that fails to mention the Willkommen Collective - a collection of musicians named after Will Calderbank who form at least a dozen home-grown Brighton bands: Laish, Sons of Noel and Adrian, The Leisure Society, Laura Marling, Peggy Sue, The Climbers, The Miserable Rich, Alessi's Ark, Tristram, Eyes and No Eyes, The Mariner's Children, Emma Gatrill, The Unthanks, Curly Hair, Shorelines, The Unthanks.... I'm running out of room...
The Unthanks are from Newcastle aren't they?
Yes they are and Laura Marling is from Hampshire and i wouldn't say The Leisure Society is a Brighton band either.
[quote][p][bold]s&k[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Caute3[/bold] wrote: This is extraordinary - an article about Brighton bands (most of whom are not from Brighton) that fails to mention the Willkommen Collective - a collection of musicians named after Will Calderbank who form at least a dozen home-grown Brighton bands: Laish, Sons of Noel and Adrian, The Leisure Society, Laura Marling, Peggy Sue, The Climbers, The Miserable Rich, Alessi's Ark, Tristram, Eyes and No Eyes, The Mariner's Children, Emma Gatrill, The Unthanks, Curly Hair, Shorelines, The Unthanks.... I'm running out of room...[/p][/quote]The Unthanks are from Newcastle aren't they?[/p][/quote]Yes they are and Laura Marling is from Hampshire and i wouldn't say The Leisure Society is a Brighton band either. Saltdean Resident

7:39pm Thu 20 Feb 14

All 9 of me says...

s&k wrote:
Not exactly Manchester is it?
Is it trying to be ?
[quote][p][bold]s&k[/bold] wrote: Not exactly Manchester is it?[/p][/quote]Is it trying to be ? All 9 of me

7:41pm Thu 20 Feb 14

All 9 of me says...

How about a mention for rising young uns' ..Departure from Normal, often found selling out venues around the city....
How about a mention for rising young uns' ..Departure from Normal, often found selling out venues around the city.... All 9 of me

10:18pm Thu 20 Feb 14

lewes road low life says...

Argus, you have even printed an article on this site recently about The Long Tall Texans and their 30h anniversary and yet no mention ? You can't get any more "Brighton".
Argus, you have even printed an article on this site recently about The Long Tall Texans and their 30h anniversary and yet no mention ? You can't get any more "Brighton". lewes road low life

10:20pm Thu 20 Feb 14

lewes road low life says...

Oh yeah and the fish brothers
Oh yeah and the fish brothers lewes road low life

2:34am Fri 21 Feb 14

Alison Smith says...

Thomas Gandey aka Cagedbaby
Thomas Gandey aka Cagedbaby Alison Smith

3:07pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Jamesy_Dodger says...

Fatboy Slim might have had quite a bit of success in the past cobbling together a load of samples of things and passing them off as songs he has written, but these days he just looks like a sad old Dad who has been allowed to DJ the school Disco. Pitching up in repulsive looking shirts and bopping around to a few MP3s with his headphones spread all over his head. Surprised the residents would want to celebrate this embarrassment.
Fatboy Slim might have had quite a bit of success in the past cobbling together a load of samples of things and passing them off as songs he has written, but these days he just looks like a sad old Dad who has been allowed to DJ the school Disco. Pitching up in repulsive looking shirts and bopping around to a few MP3s with his headphones spread all over his head. Surprised the residents would want to celebrate this embarrassment. Jamesy_Dodger

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