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The Shondes

The Shondes

In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re pretty darned excited about The Shondes coming to London. We’ve been plotting their travels across Europe and the UK, and counting down the days til they arrive in the Big Smoke. ONLY 2 MORE SLEEPS!

So, ahead of their arrival at The Lexington on Sunday, we asked the Brooklyn foursome to consider the best bands to hail from our fair capital – and they very kindly took time out from their jet-setting, rock n roll lives to put together a downloadable playlist to get you in the party mood. Aren’t you lucky?

“It is quite fun, I must say, to be cruising down a UK motorway in a ten-foot-tall tour bus making a Who-Are-Our-Favorite-London-Bands playlist.  The band put our heads together (not literally — we were driving and thus seatbelted) and dug into our collective musical pasts — and it was cool to realize just how many of the bands we came up on actually hail from London.  

And playlists are obviously critical to the driving life of a touring band.  It is our first European tour, and it has been so mind-blowingly cool to drive past millions of sheep (listening to Morrissey), eat tons of excellent food (between renditions of Queen), cruise through castles (to the backdrop of Nina Simone) and see some of our ancestral homelands (in Poland and in Ireland) between Motown tracks.  

We are super-excited to play London for the first ever time this weekend!”


The Shondes | London Calling (right click to download)


1. The Raincoats – Fairytale in the Supermarket
2. The Pretenders – Back on the Chain Gang
3. The xx – Islands
4. Stereolab – Cybele’s Reverie
5. Siouxsie and the Banshees – Happy House
6. Dusty Springfield – You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me
7. Huggy Bear – Her Jazz
8. Fleetwood Mac – Gold Dust Woman
9. The Slits – Instant Hit
10. X-Ray Spex – The Day the World Turned Dayglo


The Shondes will be playing at The Lexington this Sunday 21st October, joined onstage by The Tuts and AMiTY. Get your tickets here.

Annette Barlow

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