MADE OF MANCHESTER

Which song is your favourite?

1) Pacific State
2) I Am The Resurrection
3) This Is How It Feels
4) One Day Like This
5) I'm A Believer

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18/10/2012 09:29, Report by Alan Beck
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Music vote: Part three

Football and music.

Manchester is synonymous with both, and rightly so. The output in both creative fields has consistently been world-class and as part of our Manchester week on ManUtd.com we're giving fans the chance to help select the pre-match playlist for Arsenal's visit to Old Trafford on Saturday 3 November.

We've selected 20 songs with Manchester connections and grouped them into four groups of five. Each group contains two songs from the 1980s, one from the 1990s, one from 2000 onwards and one from a non-Mancunian band with Manchester connections.

Between Tuesday and Friday we're presenting one group a day and giving you the chance to vote for your favourite tune. At the end of the week we'll collate all the votes and reveal the final pre-match playlist. Here's part three...

808 State – Pacific State (1989)
Still going strong on the club scene, these Manchester lads struck acid house gold in 1989 with this era-straddling slice of woozy joy. With its wobbly birdsong entry, instantly memorable synth-sax riff and backbone of samba percussion, this track has its feet in the 80s but a pioneering view ahead into the genre of dance anthems. Pacific State is the sound of all-night revellers watching the sun come up on a new decade.

Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection (1989)
Another mould-breaker. The Roses took a cocktail of Motown drums, a stepping bassline and Smiths-jangle guitar to create a rock epiphany with Ian Brown as the echoey high priest of despair: "I couldn't ever bring myself to hate you as I'd like". Arguably, though, the song is just a prelude to what happens half-way through: a four-minute improvised wig-out, thrillingly tight, modern and full of lyrical chops from guitarist John Squire. Extraordinary.

Inspiral Carpets – This Is How It Feels (1990)
Not quite as much fun to sing as it used to be, since City became half-decent, but still a cracking tune from the Oldham band named after a local clothes shop. Military side-drum and a piercing Vox organ form the background to this bleak little tale of domestic sorrow that somehow succeeds at the same time in being thoroughly uplifting.

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