JockeySlut London Underground Musical Map 1
The considered opinion of most of the people posting reactions to The Guardian’s musical London Underground map(PDF) can be best summed up by Mr J.Bishop:

The most stereotypically self-indulgent Guardian wank I can think of, bordering on self parody. Smug, London obsessed nonsense. It’s got nothing to do with anything! There’s people like, dying and stuff. And where are the Arctic Monkeys, anyway…?

Personally I thought that while the map had a few glaring omissions, and having an entire DJ Shadow line was perhaps a little odd, overall its entertaining, a good talking point, and I might even buy a copy (available at the London Transport Museum Shop)

JockeySlut London Underground Musical Map 2

It also got me rummaging around my loft in search of another musical version of the map that I remembered from the now defunct magazine “Jockey Slut”. After rooting around a few boxes full of things that just had to be cut out of magazines for one reason or another I found it. The focus of this map is less adventourous than the Guardians attempt to cover 100 years of music, instead its focus is on Dance, with Techno, Breaks, Hip Hop, D’n’B, and Chill-Out lines.

Camparing the two: Here’s the Guardian version, with artists at line intersections being those that span many genre’s, eg: Coldcut, Bjork, and oddly The Fugees. (PDF / blog / JPG)
and here is Jockey Sluts much more underground dance take: Large version / Full page scan

The JockySlut one does have an extra line included (the Beats line inc. Coldcut), but none of the lines are the same genre on each map, and I’m not sure if I prefer to live at the Bar-Kays or Tayo!?

Which map gets your thumbs up, or which station names do you live at on both? Or alternatively is a blog about a blog of a pointless map from last week just too much?

Here are a selection of the most amusing objections to the Guardian map:

What is the point? Wouldn’t you have been better off doing something else? Sometimes you media people really worry me.

Guardian London Underground Musical Map
And of course the biggest beef…where is my favourite band!!!!???

No fall, pistols, joy division.
There is no mention of British Light Music composers who were fantastically popular in the 30s, 40s and 50s.
Too much Hip Hop, a map with no Joni Mitchell, no Oscar Peterson or Keith Jarrett, but Jamie Cullum? No Stooges or Iggy? Yet room for Snnop Doog Nate Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound?
Did Punk not happen? No Sex Pistols, Stranglers et al? And where are The Smiths? Surely a seminal band in anyone’s book?

One person did however have a good idea for a third version of the map (I know you cant get enough):

Surely this map would have been far more interesting, and actually said something about London, if you’d redone each station to mention an act who’d formed or had some sort of connection to that area.
E.g. Bow – Dizzee Rascal, Mile End – Bloc Party, Stratford – Crazy Titch, Camden – a host of indie bands.
Admittedly, you might struggle with Theydon Bois.

And the final word to Dorian Lynskey who’s “frivolous occupation and enormous salary….. I’d rather not have it rammed down my throat in technicolor and passed off as something with even the slightest entertainment or reference value. Gloom juice,” upset so many but entertained others. What on earth is Gloom Juice?

It’s been interesting reading all the comments. What surprises me is how humourless and indignant some people are. Of course it’s not the entire history of 20th century music because it never could be and, if you read the intro, it doesn’t claim to be. It’s not a reference work – it’s fun, or at least that was how it was intended.
Regarding omissions – well yes, it’s annoying that the District Line isn’t longer. By the same token, the Central and Northern Lines are too long so those genres are over-represented. Would I rather have included Tom Waits, Roxy Music and The Fall than Eek-A-Mouse or Tha Dogg Pound? Definitely, but the number of available slots didn’t allow it. I had to work within the confines of the map.