Between the lines…

Between the lines…

  Ready then? One Mississippi...two Mississippi...three Mississippi... Love in the nineties. Infatuated only with ourselves. Avoiding all work...because there's none available. Today I'll get up around two, from a lack of anything to do. Civil servants, golfing fanatics, Harley Street doctor...overrated. We all say "We don't want to be alone". Finding ways to stay solo. [...]

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 [...]

There’s No Other Way…The Blur Singles #10

There’s No Other Way…The Blur Singles #10

In very many ways the nineteen-nineties was a period in time that was defined by Blur more than any other group.  Nirvana were a big deal...but the despair, the angst and the howl that they dished up were never going to shape the popular culture or reach the masses.  Oasis were, arguably, the biggest band [...]

There’s No Other Way…The Blur Singles #8

There’s No Other Way…The Blur Singles #8

"Leisure" was a calling card, a mess of sounds, a mass of experiments and, at times, a little miracle of pop music. "Modern Life is Rubbish" was a pop-cultural manifesto, a statement of intent, a coruscating, white light, white heat of a record that changed the musical landscape and gave birth to Britpop. "Parklife" was [...]