Hackney in song lyrics

@euan mentioned this yesterday, what songs are about Hackney?I’ll start with a current one: upper clapton dance by Professor Green


  1. No one say Razorlight, no one say.. oh.One of Madness’ latest albums was called ‘The Liberty of Norton Folgate’- an historical area that is now partly Shoreditch. That’s the best I could do!

  2. Protect your stash! Graforiginees by Task Force and Oh! by Akira the Don spring to mind. Almost anything from the first Dizzee Rascal album. Saturday Morning Rush by Earl Zinger starts on the 73. Night Bus to Dalston by Bad Manners. Oh, and some band called Razorwhassit. I’m sure there are a whole bunch more but I can’t think of them…

  3. If it wasn’t for the ‘ouses in between – Gus Elenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1GmDA8FU9w

  4. well, I was only passin’ throughjust maybe for a year or twobut the virus it crawled underneath my skincomin’ down with a white roseI split the north and hit the roadwhen I heard the ghetto callin’ out my namewith my dog and my guitarwell, we could only go so farbefore the three of us were runnin’ out of brassbut I had everything to gainwith sweet f.a. to my bad nameasylum seekin’, less than sweet f.a. to loseand now I’m back in the bosom of mother Hackneyscene of all my crimesbut mother Hackney, you’ve witnessed all the crimes against megod knows I’ve served my timeI read the scrawls of revelationon the walls of Central stationin New York, well I’dve sat right down and weptbut it was only in the dead heatof a summer night-Mare Streetthat I saw the good samaritan leave townhe’d seem ’em trash a listed buildingwhere a junkie’d gotten killed inand a killing was just what the council madenow it’s a yuppie live-work spacebehind security gatesup and comin’ round the marshes when she comesand now I’m…..now everybody’s breakin’ downjust count the burn-outs on the Downsman and machine in perfect disharmonyand there’s a red house over yonderfeeds the neighbours growin’ fonderof a taste of honey, what’s the crack baby?and well I tried to get awaybut how my sweetheart made me payI woke up to find the handcuffs were Claptonlivin’ on the murder mileoh lord what can you do but smilewith a psycho and his gun for companyand now I’m…..Morning Bride – Mother HackneyAnd a local band as well!

  5. If you can find them on YouTube, just add the page web address and the video will appear.I’ve got these to look for when I’m on a real computer and not my phoneHadouken!: Hoxton Hero Earl Zinger: City suits Hoxton Trash

  6. Earl ZingerSaturday morning rush:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn1OooljCSsCity Suits Hoxton Trash:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uth-4l-ha0AHadouken! That boy that girl (not Hoxton Hero):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgGItLYyBQ0Professor Green: Upper Clapton Dancehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIuQM_q0IUU

  7. Another from Clapton’s Professor Green: Junglehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLfEU5lelUM

  8. Did Throbbing Gristle ever use their residence on Beck Road as inspiration for lyrics?And surely some Anarcho-Punk somewhere has referenced the Angry Brigade, if so, did they mention Amhurst Road?

  9. I looked on youtube – morning bride aren’t on it as far as I could see – they are on myspace, but not this particular song.

  10. Dizzie Rascal: Hype Talkhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6MNZq0n8xw‘I know he won a Mercury award and brought it back to the estate/I know some brothers in the manor hate and frequently debate the way he makes moves, how he’s steppin’, is he reppin’?/cos they know he goes to Hackney,’

  11. Mixing it up a bit – this music video was shot in the Marina Cafe on Mare St at the top of the Narrow wayhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVYpHboJXcA

  12. and Suede shot in/on Hackney Downshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTYU5XgVDe0

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