Maybe, Definitely

Maybe, Definitely

I had just turned twenty-one. I was a student. I was convinced that what had started as a couple of great albums by blur and Suede was now a full blown cultural phenomenom on a par with the Mods in the sixties. I was entering the second year of my degree course at the “University” [...]

Glastonbury 2019

Glastonbury 2019

I won't be attending Glastonbury this year. Or any year. It's the outdoors. I think I might be allergic to...fresh air. Or it might be the crowds. Other people are certainly allergic to me. But from the safety of my sitting room and with enough Haribo to fuel a dozen five year olds I will [...]

Reading 95

Reading 95

A Twitter chum shared a picture of the Reading 95 line-up today. For no particular reason I thought it would be fun to put together a Britpop festival from the bands who appeared over the three days. I've decided to put together three days with five acts appearing on each day...because I'm a middle-aged man [...]

Suede, Head Music at Twenty

Suede, Head Music at Twenty

Suede decided to reveal the title for their fourth studio album one letter at a time...one week apart. H. E. "It's going to be "Heroin" isn't it?" squealed expectant fans and journalists. Those naughty Suede boys. Playing fast and loose with the rumours about Brett's drug use at this time. Then Matt Osman told the [...]

Parklife vs The Great Escape

Parklife vs The Great Escape

  Let's get ready to rumble. Or something. On the most recent episode of the Mild Mannered Army Podcast, Nick Amies and I discussed the merits of the third part of Blur's "Life" trilogy; "The Great Escape".  This followed on from our previous discussion to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the *greatest album of the [...]

Britpop Cinema, Matt Glasby

Britpop Cinema, Matt Glasby

With the arrival of a sequel to the much lauded, and even mucher loved, "Trainspotting" coming down the tracks, author Matt Glasby decided it would be a good idea to revisit the original and place it in the context of the other films of its time.  From that idea has come "Britpop Cinema" where Glasby [...]