There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles pt.3

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles pt.3

"Modern Life is Rubbish" had dragged Blur back from the brink of oblivion...and, at the same time, had helped deliver, a near fatal, blow to the cultural dominance of grunge.  With Cobain and his cohorts on the retreat the kids turned back towards homegrown pleasures.  Britpop was, by 1994, a thing...it had a look, a [...]

Well I Wonder – Meat is Murder Revisited

Well I Wonder – Meat is Murder Revisited

The second studio album from The Smiths is remembered, certainly by those outside the fevered inner-circle of Moz Apostles, for the titular track...a song that saw thousands of pale, bequiffed, listless young boys and girls take to the moral high ground of vegetarianism and embark on a life of hectoring, moralising and judging those who [...]

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles pt.2

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles pt.2

After the moderate success of the "Leisure" era and the death of the scene that had thrust them into the spotlight it seemed as if Blur were destined to be no more than a Championship level indie band, a suspicion that was confirmed by the reception given to "Popscene".  There was no failure in anything [...]

Mild Mannered Army Episode 7 – SUEDE

Mild Mannered Army Episode 7 – SUEDE

Following on from our conversation about "Modern Life is Rubbish", Nick Amies and I continue to explore the albums and bands who defined the Britpop era with a look at the debut album from Suede. There can be little doubt that Suede were the band who kicked over the statues of grunge and cleared the [...]

Memory Songs #11 “We Hate it When our Friends Become Successful” by Morrissey

Memory Songs #11 “We Hate it When our Friends Become Successful” by Morrissey

It is December in 1991. I am on my way to East Grinstead. I'm not a Scientologist. I am a Mormon. Both organisations have important buildings in that particular town. The reason I am heading their is because that is the location of the MTC. Missionary Training Centre. I have reached the age of 18 [...]