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    Sep 14, 2016

    29 Things Only 90s Brummie Indie Kids Will Remember

    Birmingham in the 80s and 90s was a magical land of Snobs, Pots, and Flappers.

    1. "Snobs" has a whole different meaning to you.

    2. You remember how disgusting its floors were.

    @snobsnightclub Post snobs @Converse #standard

    Twitter: @SenorDawes

    And still are, apparently. You can see why shoegazing stopped being a thing.

    3. And what's with that wall that looked like the insides of an old school TARDIS?

    4. "Flapper" doesn't bring to mind a 1920s dancer, either.

    5. If you're a guy, you probably asked your Erdington barber for an Ian Brown haircut.

    Playing : I Wanna Be Adored by The Stone Roses #listen @ https://t.co/pqHyVJgxQX - Buy it https://t.co/Oe7Zgjl88L

    Via Twitter: @rjb_radio

    6. But instead, you ended up looking like Ian Beale.

    BBC / Via Twitter: @UKTVnz

    Didn't that happen to everyone?

    7. And you got your second-hand Levi 501s and retro threads from the old Folio 50 shop in Digbeth.

    8. While Brum indie girls got their plaid shirts and DMs from the Oasis Market.

    Flashback to my youth! Nice to see @OasisBirmingham still there in Brum

    Twitter: @SnowdoniaJack

    But never from the Blur Market. #IndieJokes

    9. You like to boast about Birmingham's proud indie heritage.

    10. And, on a more solemn note, that Joy Division played their final gig at Birmingham University.

    Joy Division / Via Twitter: @joydivision

    We'll never forget.

    11. You saw indie legends like The Smiths and New Order at The Tower in Edgbaston.

    12. You still refer to the pub by Aston University as "The Pot."

    @pweiofficial at The Pot of Beer now @GostaGreenPub Birmingham - signed photo card @iamclintmansell @JeSuisCrabbi

    Twitter: @indiekid1974

    Gosta Green is a crap name; to you it will always be The Pot of Beer.

    13. And you remember this place as the Barrel Organ

    14. Despite Birmingham’s distinctive lack of coastline, you regularly drank at a pub called The Ship Ashore.

    15. You have fond memories of Ol' Blue Eyes

    Synatra's - Birmingham April 1989 indie gigs

    Twitter: @indiekid1974

    (And you don't mind spelling mystakes)

    16. And this bar was the only place that mattered in the West End.

    Flickr: ell-r-brown / Creative Commons

    R.I.P. West End Bar. You may be gone, but you won't be forgotten.

    17. Tuesdays was all about The Click Club at Burberries.

    18. And Sundays revolved around The COD Club at Piranhas.

    Do you remember the COD Club, by Alpha Tower Birmingham? http://t.co/8SzRNHNyL1

    Twitter: @brummusicpics

    It's where The Stone Roses played their first Brum gig, and if that isn't exciting enough, it was also right next door to where classic darts-themed quiz show Bullseye was recorded. Smashing.

    19. You probably remember when The Happy Mondays played Digbeth’s Irish Centre.

    Been enjoying @Happy_Mondays all day and it's got me well in the mood for tonight 🍻🚧 Who's out? 👀

    Bez can't remember it, though.

    20. You were confused by the disproportionate number of bands from Stourbridge* on the Brum indie scene.

    @thewonder_stuff 'Spot The Ball' for NME, 1991. At @WFCOfficial Bescott Stadium.

    Twitter: @mileshuntTWS

    *Yes, we know that Stourbridge is in the Black Country, which is completely separate to Birmingham. This cannot be stressed enough. Don't sue us.

    21. Although Brum did produce some damn fine indie bands too.

    Twitter: @OCSmusic

    One of them even named an album after a local suburb.

    22. The cool bands all played at the Aston Villa Leisure Centre.

    23. Your indie records were released on indie record labels and you bought them from indie record shops.

    24. You listened to John Peel on Radio 1 as if your life depended on it.

    You can listen to John Peel's legendary record collection at the V&A today. https://t.co/KEx7afuXvv

    John Peel Archive / Via Twitter: @TheVinylFactory

    Although Robin Valk's gig guide on BRMB was of more practical use.

    25. And you remember the NME before it went glossy.

    Twitter: @Imeus

    You loved the smell of newsprint in the morning.

    26. You didn't really give a shit about the whole Blur vs. Oasis debate.

    en.wikipedia.org

    But to keep the peace, you could always go and see Blur at The Foundry.

    27. Plus you could see Oasis at The Jug of Ale.

    Rare @oasis ticket The Jug of Ale Birmingham Monday 28th March 1994

    Twitter: @Britpopstore

    But can we all please agree that Pulp are better than either of them?

    28. You remember the exact day that Britpop finally died.

    Virgin Records

    Just zigazig the fuck off.

    29. But you know that the Brum indie scene will never die.

    We're thinking of doing a small run of these who's interested in buying one ?

    Twitter: @snobsnightclub

    See you in Snobs later, yeah?

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