So sang Morrissey on the Smiths' classic 'Suffer Little Children' - and it's true, as discussed in Episode 10 of Sounding Bored, recorded on Monday night and now up online.
In the company of guest panellist and born-and-bred Manc Mike Gibbons, we celebrate Manchester's rich musical heritage; consider how political, cultural and architectural shifts have impacted on the city's musical output and status on the national and international stage; and recommend some of the current crop and take the temperature of the current live music scene.
Manchester's truly global influence is exemplified by our selected album of the month, Every Now And Then by Aussies Jagwar Ma.
Also included in the episode are reactions to the reactions to Bob Dylan being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature; a brief report on this year's Southsea Fest; praise for Marissa Nadler's now-not-so-new LP Strangers; thoughts on Pitchfork's recent list of the best 50 shoegaze albums of all time; and mention of art rock oddballs Negativland's latest extraordinary promotional stunt.
A word of warning: it does contain references to Simply Red, though - thankfully - no uses of the phrase "Mad fer it"...