The Hot List - Are these 13 acts the cream of Bradford's chart-topping pop stars?

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The Hot List - Are these 13 people the cream of Bradford's chart-topping pop stars? The Hot List - Are these 13 people the cream of Bradford's chart-topping pop stars?

Greetings, pop-pickers! The Bradford district is a hot-bed of musical talent, and we've selected a round baker's dozen of local stars and assembled our own rundown featuring their highest pop chart placings. But who have we missed out? Tell us in the comments below.

 

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Natalia Kills

Natalia Kills

Born Natalia Noemi Keery-Fisher in Bradford in 1986, singer-songwriter Natalia Kills has released two highly-acclaimed albums, but it was under her previous pseudonym Verbalicious that she hit number 11 in the UK charts with Don't Play Nice

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Chantel McGregor

Chantel McGregor

Blues rock guitarist Chantel hasn't had a top ten hit yet but the British Blues Awards voted her Young Artist of the Year in 2011, Best Female Vocalist in 2012 and in 2013 she scooped Guitarist of the Year and Best Female Vocalist. Which is probably better than being in the charts, to be honest.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Gareth Gates

Gareth Gates

Everyone's favourite choirboy-turned-TV-talent-show-winner, young Gareth has had no fewer than four number ones - Unchained Melody, Any One Of Us and The Long and Winding Road in 2002, and Spirit In The Sky (with telly's The Kumars in 2003). He's got a greatest hits album imminent.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Kaiser Chiefs

Kaiser Chiefs

Yeah, kids, that's Ricky Wilson off The Voice. But did you also know the Keighley-born lad is also lead singer with Kaiser Chiefs, who scored a number one with Ruby in 2007? Go and ask your dad. 

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Kiki Dee

Kiki Dee

AKA Pauline Matthews, Kiki Dee has released almost 40 singles. But it was her unforgettable duet with Elton John on Don't Go Breaking My Heart that got her to number one with a bullet.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Kimberley Walsh

Kimberley Walsh

Two words: Girls Aloud. Four number one singles. Five singles hit number 2. Three at number 3. 'Nuff said.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: New Model Army

New Model Army

Legendary clog-hopping agit-rock Bradford heroes. They probably didn't care a fig for chart placings. Here Comes The War charted at number 25 in 1993. Let's start a campaign to get Vengeance at number one for Christmas.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Smokie

Smokie

21 studio albums and all anyone wants to talk about is the NSFW 1995 collaboration with foul-mouthed comic Chubby Brown on Living Next Door To Alice, which shifted half a million units and charted at number 3. Smokie's much more pleasant non-Chubby version was a worldwide hit in 1977.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Tasmin Archer

Tasmin Archer

The former sewing machine operator hit overnight success territory with her 1992 hit Sleeping Satellite, which went to number one and earned her a BRIT award the following year for Best Breakthrough Act. Which she allegedly later joked she kept in the back of a cupboard and used for cracking nuts.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Terrorvision

Terrorvision

We like tequila. It makes us happy. And the song of the same name certainly did the business for Bradford lads Terrorvision when it got them to number 2 in 1999, and remained a singalong festival favourite ever since.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Zayn Malik with his mother Trisha Malik arriving for the World Premiere of One Direction: This Is Us, at the Empire Leicester Square, London

Zayn Malik

Since What Makes You Beautiful hit the top spot in 2011 (was it only three years ago?) One Direction - of which Bradford's Zayn is one fifth - have barely looked back. They only have to sneeze and it makes the top ten. And look, Zayn still finds time for his mum. Awww.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

Bradford bassist Bob Hardy is the local link to the Scottish art-rockers who take their name from the bloke who got himself shot up and started World War One. Their breakthrough hit was Take Me Out, which charted at number 3 in 2004.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Susan Fassbender

Susan Fassbender

Susan Fassbender, pictured left with singing parther Kay Russell, hit number 21 in 1981 with Twilight Cafe. Sadly, Wibsey-born Fassbender (real name Susan Whincup) took her own life ten years later.

So, who should have made our Bradford chart? Tell us below.

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12:56pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Blod64 says...

What about

Laura Groves
Paradise Lost
What about Laura Groves Paradise Lost Blod64

1:03pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Mr Perks says...

At least one member of Embrace originally came from our fair city, I think.
At least one member of Embrace originally came from our fair city, I think. Mr Perks

1:09pm Fri 21 Feb 14

guitarhero69 says...

Southern Death Cult (became The Cult), My Dying Bride, Zodiac Mindwarp, Fun-da-Mental, The Negatives ( their single was a John Peel Favourite)
Recently The Marmozets.

Many others
Southern Death Cult (became The Cult), My Dying Bride, Zodiac Mindwarp, Fun-da-Mental, The Negatives ( their single was a John Peel Favourite) Recently The Marmozets. Many others guitarhero69

1:44pm Fri 21 Feb 14

RuggerTyke says...

Aki Nawaz & his troupe, Fun-da-mental.
Aki Nawaz & his troupe, Fun-da-mental. RuggerTyke

1:45pm Fri 21 Feb 14

RuggerTyke says...

guitarhero69 wrote:
Southern Death Cult (became The Cult), My Dying Bride, Zodiac Mindwarp, Fun-da-Mental, The Negatives ( their single was a John Peel Favourite)
Recently The Marmozets.

Many others
John Peel, brilliant guy, had an affection for this Grand City.

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=P11qlaoWf
nQ
[quote][p][bold]guitarhero69[/bold] wrote: Southern Death Cult (became The Cult), My Dying Bride, Zodiac Mindwarp, Fun-da-Mental, The Negatives ( their single was a John Peel Favourite) Recently The Marmozets. Many others[/p][/quote]John Peel, brilliant guy, had an affection for this Grand City. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=P11qlaoWf nQ RuggerTyke

1:46pm Fri 21 Feb 14

RuggerTyke says...

And of course that video contains some great Bradford audio.

Glamorous Hooligans - very good.
And of course that video contains some great Bradford audio. Glamorous Hooligans - very good. RuggerTyke

1:53pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Mr Perks wrote:
At least one member of Embrace originally came from our fair city, I think.
Still does,
[quote][p][bold]Mr Perks[/bold] wrote: At least one member of Embrace originally came from our fair city, I think.[/p][/quote]Still does, Prisoner Cell Block A

1:57pm Fri 21 Feb 14

The Hoffster says...

RuggerTyke wrote:
Aki Nawaz & his troupe, Fun-da-mental.
Ah yes; nice :)
[quote][p][bold]RuggerTyke[/bold] wrote: Aki Nawaz & his troupe, Fun-da-mental.[/p][/quote]Ah yes; nice :) The Hoffster

2:37pm Fri 21 Feb 14

guitarhero69 says...

I know this is really just rock n pop but props to the ace folk guitarist Roger Sutcliffe, the brilliant jazzer David Blamires -from Undercliffe(?) and a Grammy winner with Pat Metheney, and also John Verity from Argent.

Alnd wasn't John Mclaughlin ( Maravishnu Orchchestra) from Lidget Green?

We really don't do enough to big-up our city, do we?
I know this is really just rock n pop but props to the ace folk guitarist Roger Sutcliffe, the brilliant jazzer David Blamires -from Undercliffe(?) and a Grammy winner with Pat Metheney, and also John Verity from Argent. Alnd wasn't John Mclaughlin ( Maravishnu Orchchestra) from Lidget Green? We really don't do enough to big-up our city, do we? guitarhero69

3:05pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Southern Death Cult were one of Aki's first bands. Along with David 'Buzz' Burrows, Barry Jepson and 'Mad' Mick Brady, replaced later by Ian Astbury who became a son of the city after being befriended by a group of Bradford punks.
Southern Death Cult were one of Aki's first bands. Along with David 'Buzz' Burrows, Barry Jepson and 'Mad' Mick Brady, replaced later by Ian Astbury who became a son of the city after being befriended by a group of Bradford punks. Prisoner Cell Block A

3:08pm Fri 21 Feb 14

AndyJ1972 says...

Love Affair. Remember "Everlasting Love " 1968. Kept the Beatles at bay....
Love Affair. Remember "Everlasting Love " 1968. Kept the Beatles at bay.... AndyJ1972

3:52pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

AndyJ1972 wrote:
Love Affair. Remember "Everlasting Love " 1968. Kept the Beatles at bay....
I remember my mother having my haircut like the lead singer's.

Cheers mum
[quote][p][bold]AndyJ1972[/bold] wrote: Love Affair. Remember "Everlasting Love " 1968. Kept the Beatles at bay....[/p][/quote]I remember my mother having my haircut like the lead singer's. Cheers mum Prisoner Cell Block A

5:59pm Fri 21 Feb 14

gus says...

Surely the king of the keyboards Mickey Dale from Embrace should be in there somewhere.
Surely the king of the keyboards Mickey Dale from Embrace should be in there somewhere. gus

6:03pm Fri 21 Feb 14

rockandblues says...

Its great to see such a range of artists

My vote goes with Chantel McGregor.......this girl can cut it from every angle, singing, songwriting, solo acoustic sets and most impressively, her phenomenal skill on electric guitar!
Its great to see such a range of artists My vote goes with Chantel McGregor.......this girl can cut it from every angle, singing, songwriting, solo acoustic sets and most impressively, her phenomenal skill on electric guitar! rockandblues

6:15pm Fri 21 Feb 14

oddshapedballs says...

One of the bradford punks here.

Southern death cult-death cult- the cult

Never quite made it on the comercial scene but requiem were quality too.
One of the bradford punks here. Southern death cult-death cult- the cult Never quite made it on the comercial scene but requiem were quality too. oddshapedballs

8:02pm Fri 21 Feb 14

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10:03pm Fri 21 Feb 14

BigFigure says...

guitarhero69 wrote:
I know this is really just rock n pop but props to the ace folk guitarist Roger Sutcliffe, the brilliant jazzer David Blamires -from Undercliffe(?) and a Grammy winner with Pat Metheney, and also John Verity from Argent.

Alnd wasn't John Mclaughlin ( Maravishnu Orchchestra) from Lidget Green?

We really don't do enough to big-up our city, do we?
Alas,John McLaughlin is from Doncaster....
[quote][p][bold]guitarhero69[/bold] wrote: I know this is really just rock n pop but props to the ace folk guitarist Roger Sutcliffe, the brilliant jazzer David Blamires -from Undercliffe(?) and a Grammy winner with Pat Metheney, and also John Verity from Argent. Alnd wasn't John Mclaughlin ( Maravishnu Orchchestra) from Lidget Green? We really don't do enough to big-up our city, do we?[/p][/quote]Alas,John McLaughlin is from Doncaster.... BigFigure

11:12am Sat 22 Feb 14

bcfc1903 says...

Loving Chantel McGregor, one of the great blues/rock guitarists!!!!!
Loving Chantel McGregor, one of the great blues/rock guitarists!!!!! bcfc1903

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