Here are some of my favorite “London” LPs” in no particular order:
Siouxsie and the Banshees “Hyeana” (1984)
Siouxsie and the Banshees were hyper-active in this period of time, with Budgie and Sioux doing the side-project The Creatures, Bassist Steve Severin and Cure-frontman and Siouxsie guitarist at the time Robert Smith doing “The Glove” in addition to Smith recording and touring with The Cure. It was bound to come to an end, and Smith left the band shortly thereafter to focus on The Cure. But not before recording a stunning record.
Arguably the best cover version of The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence”
Blur “Parklife” (1994)
Blur had nearly been written off as a one-hit wonder band before this album came out. Very lose interpretations of Martin Amis’s “London Fields” novel link the songs together.
Great record and it sounds like London to me.
The way people just fall apart
The way you just don’t stand a chance
The mystery of a speeding heart
David Bowie “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
Our favorite rock chameleon had many looks and sounds, but this is the most “London” of all them. If you can walk past 23 Heddon street and not get the chills, you must be dead already.
Other great “London” songs:
Rolling Stones “Jumpin Jack Flash”
The Kinks “All Day and All of the Night”
The Clash “I’m so bored with the USA” (Come on– London Calling is TOO obvious)