XFM Manchester: An Apology

We at The Indie Credential do hereby apologise for a post that went up a couple of weeks ago that suggested that with the launch of XFM Manchester our great city might be getting the radio station that its rich heritage of alternative music deserves. Oasis, Coldplay, Richard Ashcroft, Oasis again, Corinne David Gray, U2? We were sooo wrong. Sorry.

And now we can’t even get the superior XFM London on DAB anymore. Damnation!

8 Responses to “XFM Manchester: An Apology”

  • James Morton Says:

    I agree. It has been a bit on the shit side so far. The ghettoisation of good alternative music continues unabated too. The other night on 120 Minutes on MTV2, in the space of half-an-hour were the new videos by the cutting-edge twosome that are OK Go and Richard Fucking Ashcroft. How can a man who is playing Lancashire County Cricket Ground in the summer be considered alternative?! Were they being ‘ironic’? Did they think that playing this MOR tripe next to the likes of Broken Social Scene and I.F.’s ‘Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass’ would act as some kind of bizarre, wacky contrast? Who knows. But yeah, to reiterate, after a brief dalliance with XFM Manchester at work, I’ve gone back to playing CDs that everybody else hates but I love, and love even more because they hate them.


    Yours Furiously,


  • Ian Says:

    Try Revolution 96.2. It was started by a bunch of musicians, club DJs and comedians who found an abandoned transmitter atop a hill outside Oldham. So you get everything from the stuff that inspired them- Northern Soul, alt country and all sorts of stuff you wouldn’t hear on what they call “Radio cough cough”- to demos from local bands who trekked all the way up the hill to hand them in personally.

    It’s not as professional as XFM (I’m alternating between the two and Radio 4 [which is a lot more punk than you’d think]), but that’s part of its charm.

  • JustHipper Says:

    I’m really quite gutted about XFM Manchester’s complete inability to realise than Mancunians are capable of listening to anything beyond 15-year-old “Madchester” tunes and Oasis and bland MOR garbage. As the city that produced Joy Division, New Order, The Smiths, The Buzzcocks, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses, Elbow, etc., surely they should realise than Mancunians have very advanced tastes and tend to be at the forefront of musical styles, not stuck somewhere in a prior decade.

    While I don’t think XFM London is a patch on 6 Music or anywhere near as eclectic, at least they do challenge their listeners a bit and play a lot of very new music. This morning I woke up to Guns n’ Roses on XFM Manchester. It’s pathetic. Hopefully, they’re just settling in and trying to draw in a wider listener base and they’ll be a bit more experimental over time. As for Revolution, the couple of times I’ve heard it, it’s been pretty much the same as the current XFM. I guess it’s time to get a DAB radio for the car so I can play 6 Music there too.

  • Phil Says:

    Yeah, I’ve been disappointed as well by XFM Manchester. I can’t abide The Feeling getting played on an alternative station. I do relish the odd Great Mancuncian classic, but overall it just seems like they’re pandering to people who like radio 1 but don’t like RnB.

    Although it’s mediocre it’s better than listening to that Fat Head Chris Moyles in the morning on my daily commute.

  • Tom Says:

    Guy Garvey’s show on a Sunday is pretty damn cool though… I like the way he plays what he wants…

  • Paul Says:

    They should call it shit fm

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