Black and White Town (4:15)

Cover of Some Cities

From Some Cities and 28 other releases

“Black and White Town” is the lead single on Doves’ third album, Some Cities. The single is believed to be based upon the Cheshire town of Wilmslow where the band met and scored the band their second Top 10 hit, charting at #6 on the UK Singles Chart. The atmospheric single is noted for its heavy piano and guitars played in unison, with Andy Williams’ percussion maintaining a driving beat. The video for “Black and White Town” was filmed on a Glasgow council estate. There also exists a “director’s cut” of the video, featuring different footage, which can be found on the DVD in the limited edition box set version of the Some Cities album.

The song was used prominently by the BBC during their coverage of the 2005 Six Nations rugby tournament. Not only was it used in the 2005 Six Nations championships, but it is still used in the BBC’s coverage of all international rugby. It is also used for Sky’s coverage of the UEFA Champions League, as well as being used in the video game FIFA 06.


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