The Tuesday Tune

In a new series of weekly posts, I shall delve into my music files and deliver to you the pieces of music, the singers, songwriters and bands that keep me company throughout the day.

I begin with a band that shook my very being last year. Elbow are what is termed as an alternative rock band. They come from Manchester, England, and are made up of lead vocalist and lyricist Guy Garvey, guitarist Mark Potter, keyboardist Craig Potter, bassist Pete Turner and drummer Richard Jupp.

Good looking lads, aren't they?

If truth be told, I never heard of them until I went to a Coldplay concert in Dublin, Phoenix Park last September. But they’ve been together as a musical unit since 1990 (they took the name Elbow in 1997), and before the release of their Mercury Prize winning album The Seldom Seen Kid, they had three albums under their belt. All were critical successes, but it was The Seldom Seen Kid that attracted international attention.

On that September night in Dublin, Coldplay were amazing, but it was Elbow that turned my love of music inside out I remember coming home from that concert and YouTubing Elbow until the wee small hours of the morning. If you haven’t discovered them by now, dive in. Start with One Day Like This and work your way through. You will not be disappointed.

5 responses to “The Tuesday Tune

  1. Loved the orchestral back up to this. Thanks!

  2. My brother (who is far more up to speed with these things than I am) has been banging on about Elbow for years. They are starting to grow on me, somewhat belatedly, and I keep meaning to delve into their back catalogue on iTunes. In fact, I may just do that now …

    The video clip is great too.

  3. Interesting group. It would be interesting to know how they decided on the name Elbow.

    • The band is named after a line in the book The Singing Detective. A character (Philip Marlowe) says that the word “elbow” is the most sensuous word in the English language; not for its definition, but for how it feels to say it.

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