Secret Tracks – Select Magazine April/May, 1994 (Part Two)

Secret Tracks – Select Magazine April/May, 1994 (Part Two)

  Ah Britpop. Xenophobia. Jingoism. Outright racism. Sexism. Dad rock. Lad culture. Boo! Hiss! "All Grown Up" by The Weekenders inspired the ERG. NAZIS! Sorry. I am trying to get a gig writing for The Guardian and thought I might have to change my approach a bit. The only problem with the sneering, postmodernist, more [...]

Secret Tracks – Select Magazine April/May, 1994 (Part One)

  The Britpop kids were spoilt for choice when it came to reading material. Every week we had Melody Maker and the New Musical Express. Every month we had VOX and, more importantly, Select. Some people also enjoyed the novels of Irvine Welsh. I'm not getting into that. The thing I enjoyed reading the most [...]

Pitchfork Britpop 50 – Number 1

Pitchfork Britpop 50 – Number 1

Different Class, 1995 - Pulp It's not the best Pulp album. That honour, of course, goes to "His 'n' Hers". But this was, much like "(What's the Story") Morning Glory?" or "Parklife" the album that put Pulp at the heart of the popular culture. Peak Britpop. From the fringes to the fringes of the mainstream [...]

Pitchfork Britpop 50 – Top 5

Pitchfork Britpop 50 – Top 5

The most interesting thing about looking over the Pitchfork choices for the top fifty Britpop albums has been seeing how people outside of the UK view the era and the music. The notion of Britishness can be a confusing, infuriating and complex thing.  Where Emily Thornberry saw something ugly in a flag of St. George [...]