Pitchfork Britpop 50 – 20-11

Pitchfork Britpop 50 – 20-11

Up until this point in the Pitchfork list of the 50 best Britpop albums there have been occasional mis-steps and mistakes that we can probably put down to something being lost in translation.  For the most part the albums selected which were Britpop albums have been good choices and have been in, or around, the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Memory Songs #9 “Shoplifters of the World Unite” by The Smiths

(Image by Linder Sterling from "Morrissey Shot") Morrissey. So much to answer for. He won't of course. Ours has become an increasingly fractious relationship. He is not the man I thought he was. We don't spend as much time together as we once did. Maybe that is just the way of things. People change, not [...]

Memory Songs #5 “The Drowners” by Suede

Memory Songs #5 “The Drowners” by Suede

It is May 15th 1991. I am 17 years old...two months shy of my eighteenth birthday. The only thing that really matters in my life is Morrissey. I have a loving family, a faith, friends and, astonishingly, a girlfriend but none of that matters in the way that Morrissey matters. I had been sixteen, clumsy [...]

The Best of 2018…

The Best of 2018…

  After my fellow Britpoppian, @BritpopMemories, shared his views on the highlights of 2018 I thought it only proper that I prove we are not the same person, or the product of some Russian bot farm, as none of you think by providing my own little list of good things from 2018. Are you sitting [...]