Manchester is a city of poets – from Mark E Smith to John Cooper Clarke to Morrissey- the words are as important as the music so a recent survey of the city’s wordsmiths threw up few suprises.
A recent survey conducted hy someone with a lot of time on their hands named The Smiths as the wordiest band from the city- unsurprisingly Oasis were the least lyrically diverse band and were joint bottom with the Verve in the survey that seems to have been conducted around ten bands with no mention of The Fall and other bands.
The study found that The Smiths used more than 1,100 different words in their first three albums alone.
That was more than any of their rivals with Elbow coming second.
According to the manchester Evening News, the research, carried out by Trinity Mirror’s Data Unit, looked at the number of unique words used in songs across the artist’s first three studio albums.
On average The Smiths, who split in 1987 after five years together, used 196 words per song on their first three albums – The Smiths, Meat is Murder and the critically acclaimed The Queen Is Dead.
Each of the 31 tracks, including hits This Charming Man and There Is A Light that Never Goes Out, was found to contain on average 37 unique lyrics.
That’s in sharp contrast to Oasis’ first three albums, including smash hits Definitely Maybe and (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
Despite cramming more than 7,000 words into the 34 songs on their first three records, only 900 of them were unique, an average of just 27 per song.