There is something quite cheesy about stuffy old institutions trying to appear pop- it’s bad enough thinking of David Cameron finger clicking and dancing like an accountant to the Smiths whilst singing along avoiding certain lyrics and now comes the latest attempt to get all hip and pop iconic with the news that the ten pound note is subject to a poll about  who appears on it.


The list of possibles so far ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous with Robbie Williams as one of the early leaders in the poll. That’s ok if you like ageing boy band crooners on your money, that’s your problemand I guess at least it’s not Simon Cowell!


Other options include the Beatles (I guess by now McCartney owns nearly every tenner in the UK), MIck Jagger (but not Keef Richards who probablly put the ten pound note to another use), or David Beckham and Princess Diana fighting it out the other great British wordsmith Bill Shakespeare and the hardy perennial Churchill. There is also talk of Terry Wogan which seems ridiculous on a lot of levels.


Our vote goes to another in the list, Alan Turing, the Manchester based wonder scientist who created the world’s first computer in a shed about a hundred yards from where LTW is based or Emiline Pankhurst -another great Mancunian who led the battle for women to get the vote…who would get your vote?


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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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