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No 26 in Time Outs Best London Songs Ever 
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26 London Town Light Of The World
Summery black...


26 London Town Light Of The World
Summery black Brit-funk anthem from 1980, as popularised by Tony Blackburn’s seminal Radio London soul show
‘Light Of The World were one of a clutch of British funk bands who emerged in the late ’70s and early ’80s, along with Funkapolitan, Central Line, Beggar & Co, Hi Tension. They were putting a definite London accent to the soul music we all loved – a touch of reggae, a bit of rock. “London Town” was a cute and funky tune, something I was still playing well into the ’80s. DJs like Chris Hill and Robbie Vincent were the voices on the underground, but me and Steve Walsh were taking it to a bigger audience. We wanted housewives to hear this stuff, not just guys at the Soul Weekenders. It was what I played on my Radio London show between1982 and 1988 – it went out from 9am to 12noon and those phone calls got pretty X-rated at the time! Ha ha! This was the sound of London, not the kind of thing that you usually heard on Radio 1 at the time.’ Tony Blackburn

Guardian Review - Paul Lester 
Guardian Newspaper



I was at a reunion-special gig the other night at the Jazz Cafe involving a few British funk bands - long-forgotten but much-missed by London club cognoscenti - called Light of the World, Beggar and Co and Freeez.

Without them, there would have been no Soul II Soul and the UK soul-dance scene would have been even poorer and more lacking in gritty invention than it already is. But I digress. The bands in question got a rapturous reception from the Caister generation, but one song in particular got everyone excited: I'm So Happy, a lovely ballad and a B-side from 1981 to which the crowd knew every word. This got me wondering: how come so many great songs have ended up as B-sides or extra tracks on CDs? What constitutes a great B-side? And what are the best B-sides of all time?

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