Pitchfork Britpop 50 – Top 5

Pitchfork Britpop 50 – Top 5

The most interesting thing about looking over the Pitchfork choices for the top fifty Britpop albums has been seeing how people outside of the UK view the era and the music. The notion of Britishness can be a confusing, infuriating and complex thing.  Where Emily Thornberry saw something ugly in a flag of St. George [...]

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles #4

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles #4

Following the astonishing success of "Parklife" Blur had positioned themselves as that rarest of beasts...a pop group who enjoyed the support of the indie crowd.  It had been a long time since a band like them had featured so frequently in the charts, in the pages of the "serious" music papers, in Smash Hits and [...]

A Design for Life – Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Through the Wisdom of Britpop #1

A Design for Life – Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Through the Wisdom of Britpop #1

A Design For Life Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Through the Wisdom of Britpop     Chapter One Power/Freedom/Dignity/Love Libraries gave us power Then work came and made us free What price now for a shallow piece of dignity We don't talk about love...we only want to get drunk ("A Design for Life" by Manic Street [...]

Travis – Glasgow, SSE Hydro, 22/12/18

Travis – Glasgow, SSE Hydro, 22/12/18

The band who... Delivered a debut album that caught the ear of Noel Gallagher, who knows a thing or two about writing songs, and then went on to worm its way into the ears, hearts and souls of a dedicated group of fans. Shifted nearly three million copies of their second album...going platinum nine times [...]

Readers Lives – The Alternative Britpop 50 (part one)

Readers Lives – The Alternative Britpop 50 (part one)

Well, hello everyone.Here we all are again.Again.After publishing my list of the "definitive" records of the Britpop era I asked people to let me know which records they would have included, because I knew that there was no way everyone was going to agree with my choices and that some people were going to be [...]