Out of the shade…The Flamingoes

Out of the shade…The Flamingoes

Hitchin. It's a small town...a nowhere town? Fewer than forty thousand people live there. It's probably best known for...Valerie Singleton? Oh, Charles Dickens daughter and granddaughter came from Hitchin too.  But that was a long time ago. And they probably only lived there...they were never real Hitchin folk. 0800 1994 097 "Thank you for calling [...]

You’re Going Home…in an Organised Football Coach!

You’re Going Home…in an Organised Football Coach!

Britpop wasn't just about pop. Britpop wasn't xenophobic. Britpop wasn't nationalistic...well, not in that way. Britpop was outwardly inward looking. Britpop was about the village green and spiders from mars, it was about the black and white of two-tone, it was about the technicolour of swinging sixties Carnaby Street, it was about outsiders winning over [...]

Ten of the best…

Ten of the best…

Look everyone...it's another Guardian article on Britpop! Hooray! This time its the TEN BEST songs of the entire era that forms the focus of this piece of "journalism".  Our guide through the Britpop era is going to be Caroline Sullivan who, to be fair to her, appears to be better dressed than Wooly Willy from [...]

Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories

The portmanteau horror film returns in this classy piece of British cinema starring Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther and Andy Nyman (who co-directed along with Jeremy Dyson) and a very welcome return it is too.  In the 1960's and 70's the portmanteau was a regular feature on the big screen with films like "Dr [...]

A Cultural Abomination

A Cultural Abomination

Ladies and gentlemen of the Britpop community...and it really is a community...here, from 2014, are the considered thoughts of a professional journalist on the biggest moment and movement in British popular music since the 1960's and, arguably, the last great British youth cultural movement. Before I present the argument from professional journalist Michael Hann why [...]