Gene – “Olympian” at 25

Gene – “Olympian” at 25

There was a girl. Isn't there always. She had t-bar shoes, a cute bob and spoke about herself in the third person...at the time that was charming, maybe even cute, it wasn't until later I worked out what it actually meant. That's a tale for another time. Sometime, never. As ever the heart wants what [...]

Caught by the Buzz…

Caught by the Buzz…

The last time I saw Supergrass was a quarter of a century ago. Can you give me a moment while I wipe the tears from my eyes? Thank you. It is strange to think that I was just twenty-two years old.  That probably means that Supergrass were about, well, twelve?  Thirteen maybe?  Who knows. My [...]

That’s No Lover, That’s a Vanity Thief – Smart at 25, Sleeper

That’s No Lover, That’s a Vanity Thief – Smart at 25, Sleeper

The best writers seem to be speaking directly to you. It's like they've been living in your wardrobe. They've seen you naked, rifled through your pockets, heard all of your best lines, been there through cold blooded old times and they know all of your secrets.  At least that's how it seems.  This should seem [...]

Dear John…

***this article is a response to one that appeared in the Independent.Ie on February 8th 2020 written by John Meagher*** Line upon line. Britpop's most emblematic year was 1995 Was it really? If by emblematic you mean the year when lots of records were sold by Blur and Oasis...fair enough. But the year that "best" [...]

The Night I Appeared as Macbeth – Mornington Crescent

The Night I Appeared as Macbeth – Mornington Crescent

Music hall legend, Billy Merson, recorded the William Hargreave's song "The Night I Appeared as Macbeth" in the early 1920's.  It is, in very many ways, the earliest example of what would become, nearly seventy years later, Britpop.  With more than a hint of nostalgia and a romantic vision of London life the song is [...]

Under the Covers with Britpop – Part #1, BLUR

Under the Covers with Britpop – Part #1, BLUR

The cover version...an opportunity for a band, or artist, to pay homage to an inspiration or an easy way to get radio plays as you plough your way, note for note, through a rendition of a song that people already like but, and this is where you can prove you really are a creative artist [...]

The Year in Britpop…2019

The Year in Britpop…2019

It all seems so long ago. It was a long time ago. We were younger then. We are older now. Look at you now. Don't look at me. Don't look back in anger. Look back with misty eyes and a quickening of the beat-beat-beat of your heart. Them was giddy days. 2019 has brought Britpop [...]