There's more to Hull than Philip Larkin and The Deep
Andrew Trendell

11:17 20th November 2013

20 November, 2013: Today, Hull has been announced as the UK's official City Of Culture of 2017. Famed for iconic poet Philip Larkin and... being really close to the Humber Bridge, there more to Hull than meets the eye.

Yes, it also boasts awesome aquarium The Deep and has a pretty sticky and incredible nightclub called Spiders (seriously, you haven't lived until you pay it a very debauched visit) - but Kingston Upon Hull also has a pretty vibrant music scene. In the last few decades, Hull has produced more than a few musical legends and indie heroes.

From Mick Ronson, Sade and the Beautiful South to Throbbing Gristle, The Paddingtons and Everything But The Girl - these are the 12 biggest bands to hail from Hull. 

  • Mick Ronson (David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars): A true legend

  • The Beautiful South: Chart-bothering soft-rock heroes known for the timeless classics 'A Little Time', 'Rotterdam', 'Perfect 10' and 'Don't Marry Her'.

  • Everything But The Girl: Iconic new wave duo and married couple, renowned for the brilliant 'Missing', 'Walking Wounded' and 'I Don't Want To Talk About It'. Also a huge influence on Romy from The xx.

  • Throbbing Gristle: Multimedia noise-rock heroes and art experiment, renowned for practically inventing industrial music.

  • Fila Brazillia: Underground electro-dub duo with a cult following who are also renowned for remixing the likes of Radiohead, Busta Rhymes and The Orb.

  • Fonda 500: Madcap bunch of eccentric Yorkshire folk who pull off an impressive live show by mixing the sounds of Black Sabbath and The Beach Boys

  • The Paddingtons: Short-lived post-Libertines mid-noughties garage indie band who achieved moderate success with two albums and the singles 'Panic Attack' and '50 To A Pound'

  • The Housemartins: EVERY WOMAN EVERY MAN, JOOOOIN THE CARAVAN OF LOVE - STAND UP, STAND UP, STAND UP (Oh, and Fatboy Slim was also a member)

  • Roland Gift (Fine Young Cannibals): You remember? 'Suspicious Minds'? 'Good Thing'? 'She Drives Me Crazy'? All 80s classics.

  • Heights Of Abraham: This Hull and Sheffield duo formed in the early 90s and are still recording ambient electro today.

  • Kingmaker: 90s indie rockers who enjoyed reasonable success with four albums and singles/EPs like 'The Killjoy Was Here' and '10 Years Asleep'

  • Sade: They were formed in London, but five of the members hailed from the glorious city of Hull. They've topped the charts with albums like 'Promise' and 'Diamond Life', and 'Smooth Operator' is a stone-cold classic. Frontwoman Sade was also named the highest-earning British celebrity in America last year.

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