The Ultimate Higher Ed Band List

Higher Ed Bands

We’ve all heard about the bands which formed at college or university: Roxy Music, Editors, Pink Floyd, Everything But The Girl, REM, The Pixies, Talking Heads, Coldplay, London Grammar, Snow Patrol to name but a few.

But now it’s time for a comprehensive listing of the top Higher Education bands who have hitherto escaped recognition. The following bands might possibly have been formed by choosing a name from the wonderful world of Higher Ed. Or possibly not. #HigherEdBands

The Russell Group – swaggering, over-confident ageing southern sextet,strong musical pedigree, extraordinary chart success over many, many years
MOOCs – ultra hip techno duo. yet to benefit from all the free downloads they’ve given away.
Wu Tang UCLan – legendary Preston-based hip hop collective
Million+ – chippy northern upstarts and indie darlings. rarely troubling the charts
Convocation – North-Western Joy Division-lite misery droners
Prospectus – drippy Essex-based shoegazer quintet
Tenure Track – veteran US East coast art-school rockers

Guy Garvey's shameless attempt to make the #HigherEdBands list

Guy Garvey’s shameless attempt to make the #HigherEdBands list

The Registrars – impossibly cool, utterly essential indie quartet. Hugely under-rated
Charter and Statutes – influential British electronic music production duo
Presidents of UUK – Classic soul four piece, now getting on a bit but still able to fill a big venue. Notably disloyal and capricious following
Richard III – challenging midlands/York combo with extraordinary capacity for self-promotion despite limited output in recent years.
The Thelmas – Alternative indie-pop all female group – won more awards than you can shake a stick at
Borderline First – Not as good as they think they are
Search Committee – Welsh guitar-led group struggling for recognition
Ranking Phil B – legendary toaster and founding member of North East reggae collective, League Tables, has continued to enjoy solo success and many international tour dates
Bloc Grant – sprawling large, chaotic and well-funded dance band. Have been forced to downscale in recent years. Often late
Robbins Report – much-lauded and respected 60s revolutionary rockers – launched many imitators down the years (see The Dearing Enquiry and rather flash-in-the-pan Browne Review)
Cable and Willetts – improbably successful DJ and producer duo who,despite rarely appearing live together have enjoyed some modest critical if not popular success
Extenuating Circumstances – moaning Morrissey clone
Erasmus-Mundus – highly travelled multi-lingual trio – huge in continental Europe but have struggled to break through in the UK
Harper Adams – rural agri-folk duo with small but loyal following
RAB Charge – cockney hardcore thrash metal merchants – their stock keeps rising
Brasenose – posh fey indie groovesters
The Adjuncts – grumpy US grunge merchants
Masters – earlier and cooler incarnation of chart-topping PhD with Jim (no relation to Ian) Diamond and some other bloke on synths
Ab Initio – along with their peers, Early Career, it is a bit soon to tell if they are going to take off
Electives – group of moonlighting Status Quo channelling medics who should really stick to the day job (in all our interests)
Humboldt Model – legendary and hugely influential Kraut rock combo

Those are the ones we are able to catalogue. Sadly no details remain of the following bands:

OFT Enquiry
Year Abroad
Adult Learners
Administrative Bloat
Efficiency Exchangeeffic exch
Science park
Solid 2:1
Eduroam
SHEFC
Open Access
Senate Agenda
Any Other Business
Post-92
HEIF
Comprehensive Internationalisation
WonkHE
Hefsea/Hefkey (not to be confused with Hefcoo)
STEM
Cap & Gown
UCAS
London Met
Anglia Ruskin
4* journal
NSS
Learning Resources
Average tariff
2* paper
REF return
Trac return
Clearing
PQA
Value added
Non-returners
Partial Performance
Tech transfer
GPA
Summa cum laude
Academic Freedom
shared services
China campus
Knowledge Exchange
USS
Grant letter
First Destinations
Alumni
ASOS
Campus life

Do let us know if you know of any more #HigherEdBands we failed to mention.

(Inspired by a blog post by Hopi Sen on fictional political bands)

University of Nottingham: Gig central

The University has hosted some impressive acts down the years.

It has been quite a long time since the University of Nottingham hosted really big bands. But the history, mainly from the early 70s before the advent of the Boat Club and Rock City, is surprisingly impressive:

Some gigs took place in the Sports Centre, others in Portland. Some other star performers included:

Rod Stewart
Cat Stevens
Mott the Hoople
The Incredible String Band
The Who
Yes
Jethro Tull
The Strawbs
Can
Gong

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Slade!

And some performances resulted in live albums including from

John Martyn
Soft Machine
Fairport Convention

They fitted in pretty well

We also had

ELO
Roxy Music
The Kenny Ball Orchestra
Wishbone Ash
Lindisfarne
Rory Gallagher

And slightly more recently:

The Damned
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Human League
Squeeze
Dr Feelgood
Simple Minds
Siouxsie and the Banshees
The Cure
Japan

All the big names

Plus:

Cast
808 State
Carter USM
The Levellers

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And some even bigger names

Perhaps the biggest gig at the University was the historic first performance by Wings in the Portland Ballroom. Details of this occasion have previously been published on a University of Nottingham blog

Songkick has a pretty good list of gigs too. But fails to mention Gary Glitter’s show.

Are there any that anyone remembers from this list or that aren’t included here? I’m imagining that Strawbs gig was something special.

 

 

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Now it’s “music that makes you dumb”

Follow up to post about books that achieve this end.

This site does the correlation with music and SAT scores.

Looking at Facebook for University of Nottingham today it seems the following represent our top 10:

Muse
1 Muse
2 The Killers
3 Oasis
4 Jack Johnson
5 Snow Patrol
6 Coldplay
7 Bloc Party
8 Radiohead
9 The Kooks
10 Razorlight

Which, in US terms, would definitely mean mid-table obscurity.

How disappointing.