A Design for Life – Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Through the Wisdom of Britpop #1

A Design for Life – Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Through the Wisdom of Britpop #1

A Design For Life Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Through the Wisdom of Britpop     Chapter One Power/Freedom/Dignity/Love Libraries gave us power Then work came and made us free What price now for a shallow piece of dignity We don't talk about love...we only want to get drunk ("A Design for Life" by Manic Street [...]

Lost Alternatives – Steve Lamacq #2

Lost Alternatives – Steve Lamacq #2

"Most alternative music lived underground. It made a lot of noise, but no-one in the mainstream could hear it…. The nineties would see it go so much further than many of us expected. It wasn’t just the popularity of alternative music which would change; the music was constantly reinventing itself too, sucking in influences from [...]

Lost Alternatives – Steve Lamacq

Lost Alternatives – Steve Lamacq

The Lord of the indie dance party, Steve "Evening Session" Lamacq, has lovingly curated a collection of "lost" nineties alternative music which will be released in just a few weeks.  Four discs and seventy-one tracks that drag you grinning through a pop hedge and leave you on the other side looking like an indie kid [...]

Cup of tea…put a record on #2

Cup of tea…put a record on #2

"When the Album was finished and delivered to the label around April time 1996 we were told that it was going to be shelved.  There really was no explanation as to why." (Carl Lonsdale, "Here is Unfenced Existence", 2018) The decision by Mercury Records to shelve the debut album from Hull Britpoppers, Soda, back in 1996 [...]