If you know football, and you know me, then you will know that Shepherds Bush in West London is the home of football. The mighty, unexpectedly affluent, occasionally brilliant, often frustrating but frankly important Queens Park Rangers play there, and I and many others love the club and the area we spend so much time in following the ups, downs and inbetweens. The club has a special brand of flair about it, and so does the area. Shepherds Bush is central to London, yet retains its own identity and it is wonderfully multi-cultural. I don't know, but I can't imagine many roads offering such a wide range of national cuisines than Uxbridge Road.
And now, not content with being the home of football (according to iceblah) it has been officially (according to the NME) annointed the home of rock n roll. You can see the full list of artists from the area on the link, but most of The Clash, The Sex Pistols and The Who ain't bad. And Mr Pete Doherty, isn't from there, but he is a huge QPR fan - so that's alright by me.
And no, I'm not going to manage to write a whole article without mentioning Iceland, and this time I can mention football too. A little treat for me today, 90 whole minutes of Iceland on my TV screen as FH Hafnarfjordur took on English premiership team Aston Villa. Big news in Iceland I believe, the game was played at the national stadium rather than in Hafnarfjordur itself. The result? Well, it can be found here, but it doesn't look like the Icelanders will be progressing further in the tournament especially with the second game in Birmingham still to come. Whatever, great to get a look at Reykjavik - and it was sunny! While we're at it, come on the Icelandic handball team at the olympics - great start by beating Russia and then Germany, then a one point defeat to Korea. Come On! I can smell gold.
OK, an iceblah top 5 - and this one has been a struggle, and I'm sure I've forgotten something. But for now... The iceblah top 5 when football and music collide.
Collapsed Lung - Eat My Goal
Mano Negra - Santa Maradona
Billy Bragg - God's Footballer
Lightning Seeds - Three Lions
Eg - Eidur Smari Gudjohnsen