Let your light so SHINE…

Let your light so SHINE…

"Now That's What I Call Music..." reached its centenary this year. Nobody really cared. In the era of Spotify, Deezer, iTunes and YouTube the compilation album is largely redundant...I'm not sure that anyone other than sales reps and desperate middle-aged children on Father's Day morning actually buys them any longer. I say this, of course, [...]

Lose Himself, Lose Himself in London – Star Shaped, Brixton Academy, 29/9/18

Lose Himself, Lose Himself in London – Star Shaped, Brixton Academy, 29/9/18

I've been inside the famous Brixton Academy for less than three minutes before I meet Nick and Statto, legends (in their own ways), of the Britpop Revival Show on Phonic FM.  Nick, of course, is the host of the show...spinning Britpop classic after Britpop classic every week while Statto is the Raymond Babbitt-esque Twitter star [...]

These Alarming Men – Flirtations with Fascism in British Pop

These Alarming Men – Flirtations with Fascism in British Pop

Phil Collins has voted Conservative. Ian Curtis voted Conservative. Geri Halliwell praised Margaret Thatcher. Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley is a Tory. Nobody cares. Not really. Nobody has ever suggested that you shouldn't listen to their music because of their political leanings...not real people in the real world, maybe a few of the more, um, [...]

You’re Going Home…in an Organised Football Coach!

You’re Going Home…in an Organised Football Coach!

Britpop wasn't just about pop. Britpop wasn't xenophobic. Britpop wasn't nationalistic...well, not in that way. Britpop was outwardly inward looking. Britpop was about the village green and spiders from mars, it was about the black and white of two-tone, it was about the technicolour of swinging sixties Carnaby Street, it was about outsiders winning over [...]