A Very British Triumph: Blur’s Parklife, Britpop, Princess Di and the 1990’s.

A Very British Triumph: Blur’s Parklife, Britpop, Princess Di and the 1990’s.

Back in 2014 Taylor Parkes, former Melody Maker journalist, wrote a piece for the Quietus which was, ostensibly, about Britpop and "Parklife" but which was, in actuality, a lengthy attack on both things.  I've tried to respond to some of the arguments made by Parkes in his piece...but, as you will see, I'm not half [...]

Star Shaped

Star Shaped

  I've arrived at the O2 Academy in Glasgow at a little after one thirty.  As I make my way from the car park at the nearby "clockwork orange" underground I have to weave my way through supporters of one of the two big teams in Glasgow.  This, as any resident of this "no mean [...]

Before the dawn…

Before the dawn…

It is Wednesday. Tomorrow is Thursday. Then, stay with me here, it will be Friday. Now, and this is the crucial piece of information, it will be Starturday. That's right pop tarts, I have officially renamed Saturday as STARturday in recognition of the fact that it will be the first of the Holy Trinity of [...]

Covered in Glory

Covered in Glory

I loves me a good cover version. There is something quite thrilling about hearing a song you love by a band you love being covered by someone else that you love...or by someone that you have never heard of.  I don't care if it's a straight, note for note, identikit version of the original or [...]