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 [...]

England is a Garden – Cornershop

England is a Garden – Cornershop

Who knows who said it but it is true that a patriot is someone who loves their own country and a nationalist is someone who hates everyone else's country.  Love is a complicated thing.  It requires honesty and a willingness to say things that may cause some hurt but that, ultimately, allow for the sometimes [...]

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 [...]

Are You From The Future? – Spearmint

Are You From The Future? – Spearmint

You love Spearmint. I doubt you were hip enough to have paid attention to "Songs for the Colour Yellow" back in 1998 but in the post-Britpop fug of 1999 you would definitely have been roused from the musical coma of your life by the sun-kissed, sun blessed, sun bleached gorgeousness of "We're Going Out" which [...]