Levellers, The Breeders, Inspiral Carpets, The Wonder Stuff, Spin Doctors, Fishbone, Smashing Pumpkins, Sheep On Drugs, Pixies, Radiohead, & more.
The Divine Comedy, Dubstar, Supergrass, Lightning Seeds, Saint Etienne, Ash, Marion, Levellers, Sleeper, Number One Cup, Space, and more.
The Charlatans, Suede, Menswear, Shed Seven, Ben Folds Five, My Life Story, Babybird, Rocket From The Crypt, Cast, Mansun, Electronic, Lush, and more.
We now host Menagerie Rewind - a club night in Birmingham - playing 80s and 90s indie and tunes from The Hummingbird.
Click on the Events page for details of the next club night and buy tickets.
As a young brummie in the early 90s amidst the alternative scene the place to go every Saturday night was The Hummingbird nightclub in Dale End, Birmingham. It was a legendary place that also hosted some great gigs. Nirvana, REM, James, Carter USM, and The Wonder Stuff all played there to name but a few.
On Saturday nights indie kids, grebos, crusties, and skinheads came together to drink Red Stripe at the bar, lounge about on the sticky floor and get chewing gum stuck to their clothes, disappear under the stage for some shenanigans, dance and mosh to some great tunes, before bizarrely seeing the night out with the last song - The Wombles: Remember You're A Womble! A quirky alternative to the smoochy last songs played at the more commercial clubs across the city.
Here is a Playlist of the most popular songs played at The Hummingbird every Saturday night between 1991 and 1993, not all indie but every one a dancefloor filler, and yes, The Wombles is the last song!
Click anywhere on the cassette image.
PWEI, Ned's Atomic Dustbin, Kingmaker, Dodgy, The Wonder Stuff, Therapy?, Rage Against The Machine, Levellers, The Manics, Spin Doctors, and more.
Blur, Primal Scream, Soul Asylum, Therapy?, Whale, Credit To The Nation, Levellers, Smashing Pumpkins, Senser, Sonic Youth, Carter USM, and more.
James, Nirvana, Manic Street Preachers, The Charlatans, EMF, Pop Will Eat Itself, New Order, Buffalo Tom, The Psychadelic Furs, Curve, and more.
Pop Will Eat Itself, Nirvana, REM, The Wonder Stuff, Jesus Jones, Inspiral Carpets, Carter USM.
Nirvana, Senseless Things, The Wonder Stuff, Levellers, REM, Carter USM, Jesus Jones, Shamen, PWEI, Mudhoney, The Stone Roses.
PWEI, Jesus Jones, Suede, Senseless Things, James Taylor Quartet, Saint Etienne, Sugar, Belly, Sisters of Mercy.
Sultans Of Ping, Frank & Walters, The Lemonheads, Faith No More, Mega City Four, Sugar, Stereo MC's, Joy Division, Smashing Pumpkins, and more.
Mega City Four, Ned's Atomic Dustbin, Carter USM, Levellers, Paris Angels, Teenage Fanclub, Manic Street Preachers, Sultans of Ping, and more.
Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Soup Dragons, Faith No More, L7, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Senseless Things, Wedding Present, Ride, & more.
James, Primal Scream, Mega City Four, Manic Street Preachers, EMF, Levellers, Catherine Wheel, L7, Jesus and Mary Chain, Teenage Fanclub, Pixies, & more.
In the 90s everyone loved making mix tapes! Luckily I kept mine unlike all the indie t-shirts I used to own!
Having retrieved them from the garage I transferred the songs from 20 cassettes to Playlists on Spotify.
Here are over 500 Old Skool tunes! Click on each cassette to launch the corresponding Playlist on Spotify.
As featured on Lauren Laverne's Memory Tapes
BBC Radio 6 Music
Ocean Colour Scene, Ash, Longpigs, Shed Seven, Kula Shaker, Dodgy, Northern Uproar, Cast, Super Furry Animals, The Wannadies, Gene, & more.
Dinosaur Jr, Teenage Fanclub, New Fads, Blur, Ride, Stone Roses, Sonic Youth, Soundgarden, Jane's Addiction, Cud, MBV, Pixies, Ozrics, and more.
Carter USM, Ned's Atomic Dustbin, The Wonder Stuff, The Waterboys, Shamen, James, Happy Mondays, Northside, PWEI, Blur, The La's, The Farm.
Pulp, Oasis, Blur, Echobelly, Garbage, Lightning Seeds, Menswear.
Oasis, Blur, Echobelly, Sleeper, Garbage, Menswear, Pulp, Lightning Seeds, Gigolo Aunts, The Stone Roses.
The Boo Radleys, Elastica, Echobelly, Oasis, Blur, Green Day, Supergrass, Weezer, EMF, Carter USM, Stone Roses.
House of Love, The Sundays, Soup Dragons, Pavement, MBV, Cocteau Twins, Jane's Addiction, Primal Scream, Belle & Sebastian, Pixies, and more.