Britpop Obscurities

Britpop Obscurities

Embarrassing pedantry. Britpop was not a sound in the same way as glam, acid house, baggy or 2-Tone had been in previous years.  It wasn't about British guitar music and it certainly wasn't a "sub-genre" of the impossible to define "indie" music.  It was a moment in time, a musical and cultural movement.  It was [...]

Let Me In Honey, To My Other Home

Let Me In Honey, To My Other Home

Gert Town, Louisiana. Christmas day, 1948. Merry Christmas everyone. The Reverend A.G Williams Snr Clayton and his wife Eva had more reason to celebrate than most as they welcomed their daughter into the world.  They called her Merry.  Little Merry Clayton grew up in a district that was a hotbed of musical talent; Buddy Bolden [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]