A mix by Regis featuring classic Brum tunes, as well as an article identifying "The Brum Problem":
"So is Birmingham cursed? Okay, so it's fragmented, with little sign of a cohesive 'movement' which would project it into the public eye. Yet how can you argue with its individual successes? ELO, Ozzy Osbourne / Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Duran Duran, Ocean Colour Scene, UB40, The Streets, Judus Priest, Napalm Death – hell, even Toyah Wilcox. All have left an indelible impression on modern music (well… most, anyway).
I think perhaps people just don't want to consider Birmingham to be a success. It doesn't suit the temperament. So they blank this part out. Birmingham is a joke, an embarrassment to itself." [link]