I’ve put together a Transpontine playlist of videos on YouTube of music and songs linked to South East London. Take a look at:
Band of Holy Joy - What the Moon Saw (1985) – gorgeous song, the band recently reformed and when I saw them at the Windmill in Brixton last year they were fantastic. Cherry Red recently released a retrospective compilation, Leaves that fall in Spring (see review at Swedish Nurse).
Test Department – Total State Machine (1984) - awesome industrial assault from their Beating the Retreat album in solidarity with striking miners.
Conflict – The Serenade is Dead – live anarcho-punk action from 1985.
(the previous three bands all had connections with Nettleton Road in New Cross)
The Violets - Mirror Mirror (2006) – current Angular favourites.
Linton Kwesi Johnson – It Dread Inna Inglan (1979) - unaccompanied reading from dub poet, ex-Goldsmiths student and long time Brixton resident – ‘no matter what they say, come what may, we are here to stay inna Inglan’.
Squeeze - Up the Junction (1979) – from Top of the Pops, ‘I never thought it would happen with me and the girl from Clapham’. The SE London band played early gigs at The Oxford Arms in Deptford (now the Birds Nest).
Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine (1992) – The Only Living Boy in New Cross.
Shirley Temple (1936) – Old Kent Road – US child start goes cockney in the film Little Princess.
Brain of Morbius (2003) – I'm a Busy Bee and I'm loaded – big in New Cross and apparently massive in Hungary
June Brides (1986?) Every Conversation – live version of one of the greatest 1980s indie-pop songs. The band were based in Lewisham (lived in Courthill Road) and used to rehearse at studios off Creek Road in Deptford.