A thread about Britpop

Discussion in 'The Classics - Albums and Songs' started by Loufoque, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. Sharla

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    Britpop was there, then the media realised that lots of other things were great too and it became Cool Britannia. I'd say the Spice Girls were a part of Cool Britannia, but not Britpop, obviously.

    The 1997 Vanity Fair article is here: http://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/archive/1997/03/london199703
     
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  2. Gangsta Nancy Lam

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    "internationally acclaimed film actress Patsy Kensit"

    Flash forward five years and she's on Emmerdale.
     
  3. Sharla

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    I'm sure there was a quote about how she'd been one of the original Spice Girls, and she could have been Baby (Baby) quite easily.

    File Patsy under the "should have been bigger but did well all the same".
     
  4. That One

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    Had a flick through my old personal top 40s, the following are all the 'britpop' songs that made my top 20 between 1994 & 1997. There MAY be forgotten gems in this list.

    1994
    Blur 'Girls & Boys' #2
    Blur 'To The End' #13
    Pulp 'Babies' #10
    Oasis 'Shakermaker' #8
    Jesus & Mary Chain 'Sometimes Always' #2
    Blur 'Parklife' #14
    Shed Seven 'Speakeasy' #8
    Elastica 'Connection' #10
    Shed Seven 'Ocean Pie' #14
    Blur 'End of a Century' #10
    Oasis 'Whatever' #12
    1995
    Sleeper 'Inbetweener' #9
    Stone Roses 'Ten Storey Love Song' #15
    Oasis 'Some Might Say' #16
    McAlmont & Butler 'Yes' #18
    Pulp 'Common People' #15 (Motiv8 remix #1 :shy: )
    Edwyn Collins 'A Girl Like You' #17
    Supergrass 'Alright' #13
    Ash 'Girl From Mars' #15
    Moist 'Push' #19
    Blur 'Country House' #7
    Pulp 'Sorted For E's & Wizz' #1
    Ash 'Angel Interceptor' #3
    Blur 'The Universal' #3
    Pulp 'Disco 2000' #3
    Sleeper 'Vegas' #2
    Sleeper 'What Do I Do Now' #2
    1996
    Bluetones 'Slight Return' #15
    Skunk Anansie 'Weak' #16
    60ft Dolls 'Stay' #8
    Blur 'Stereotypes' #18
    Oasis 'Don't Look Back In Anger' #1
    Lush 'Ladykillers' #2
    Supergrass 'Going Out' #14
    Garbage 'Stupid Girl' #1
    Menswear 'Being Brave' #10
    Bis 'Kandy Pop' #16
    Pulp 'Something Changed' #8
    Ocean Colour Scene 'You've Got It Bad' #7
    Longpigs 'On & On' #19
    Manic Street Preachers 'A Design For Life' #4
    Ash 'Goldfinger' #1
    Sleeper 'Sale Of The Century' #3
    Blur 'Charmless Man' #15
    Bluetones 'Cut Some Rug' #20
    Dodgy 'In A Room' #15
    Ocean Colour Scene 'The Day We Caught The Train' #3
    Longpigs 'She Said' #10
    Divine Comedy 'Something For The Weekend' #10
    Ash 'Oh Yeah' #16
    Kula Shaker 'Tattva' #13
    Super Furry Animals 'Something 4 The Weekend' #9
    Sleeper 'Nice Guy Eddie' #4
    Honeycrack 'Sitting At Home' #8
    Joyrider 'Rush Hour' #10
    Lush '500 (Shake Baby Shake)' #3
    Manic Street Preachers 'Everything Must Go' #8
    Babybird 'Goodnight' #18
    Dodgy 'Good Enough' #11
    Tiger 'Race' #17
    Kula Shaker 'Hey Dude' #14
    Ocean Colour Scene 'The Circle' #15
    Sleeper 'Statuesque' #8
    Manic Street Preachers 'Kevin Carter' #20
    Speedy 'Boy Wonder' #9
    Manic Street Preachers 'Australia' #18
    Spacehog 'In The Meantime' #8
    1997
    Blur 'Beetlebum' #12
    Placebo 'Nancy Boy' #15
    Blur 'Song 2' #19
    Blur 'On Your Own' #5
    The Verve 'Bittersweet Symphony' #13
    Oasis 'D'You Know What I Mean' #8
    Seahorses 'Blinded By The Sun' #17
    Echo & The Bunnymen 'Nothing Lasts Forever' #6
    The Verve 'The Drugs Don't Work' #13
    Cast 'Live The Dream' #16
    Sleeper 'She's a Good Girl' #8
    Oasis 'Stand By Me' #6
    Ash 'A Life Less Ordinary' #9
    Embrace 'All You Good Good People' #13
    Rialto 'Monday Morning 5:19' #12
    Pulp 'Help The Aged' #9
    Sleeper 'Romeo Me' #18
    The Verve 'Lucky Man' #20

    It took a long time for me to appreciate indie, it finally took off for about 6 months in 1996, but I think by 1997 it's very much in evidence that I'd lost interest.
     
  5. BoysForSeles

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    I was actually coming here to post a poll about Britpop bands when i saw this thread, odd. Anyway most of the best stuff produced in this era was by acts that the Britpop term only loosely covered, ie Suede and Pulp. Blur's best material was post the Britpop boom though I do like the 'Modern Life Is Rubbish' album. A lot of indie bands were pressurised into tweeking their sound into a more Britpop sound e.g Lush.
     
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    Is it too soon to point out that Northern Uproar's big hit was 'From A Window'? :(
     
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    The story I read yesterday said he was a pedestrian :confused:
     
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    Britpop really was the last movement, wasn't it? And it's 20 years behind us now.

    *feels old*
     
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    Is he the first ever person to have had a chart hit to have died by decapitation? Eileen? What does the spreadsheet say?
     
  12. graves

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    Jeez. What a way to go :sad:

    I went to a Northern Uproar signing in HMV around 95/96. Without question much nicer than Geri and Misteeq who I met in similar circumstances years later
     
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    Wasn't Kirsty MacColl decapitated by a speedboat?

    And Natasha Bedingfield too, but it depends if you are only including accidental death
     
  14. BoysForSeles

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    So the Britpop ladies are all coming back to some extent this year. Sleeper are reforming for a series of multi act gigs later this year, Elastica have just met for the first time in 20 years and recorded a new record at Abbey Road studios. Echobelly's album is finished and due out soon, the first single below is very promising to my ears. This is all good news to me. As well as the fact the Darling Buds are back in April too (part of the blonde movement with the Primitives & Transvision Vamp in the late 80s).

     
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    Elastica haven't reformed - their catalogue is being reissued and 3 of them went to the mastering session. NME duly stated this was an "Elastic reunion".
     
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    Oh well, back to the monotony of the tower block it is then.
     
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  17. BoysForSeles

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    New Sleeper
     
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    I've been quite enjoying that the last few days, not least the synthy opening and very Blondie-esque instrumental break.

    :D at Louise sounding like she is about to expire singing 'I feel... so young' though.
     
  19. BoysForSeles

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    Yeah it’s like Kids In America Kim morphing into Blondie with Sleeper at the reins to my ears.
     
  20. BoysForSeles

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    The new Sleeper album is out on Friday, The Modern Age. I bought one of the bundle deals. The second single is good too, I’ve decent hopes for the album. I also like Louise’s tshirt in the video.
     
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    Yes I came over all nostalgic, pre-ordered with Pledge and cancelled and reordered again. I do like how they've used the old Sleeper font and the artwork across the singles and albums generally feels very on brand.

    The Sun Also Rises was less instant than the first single but it has grown on me. I guess the album won't have the highs of the previous three but it should be solid.
     
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    What do you make of The Modern Age @BoysForSeles?

    I don't think it is a brilliant album but I did go back to it a couple of times over the weekend. They definitely chose the singles well. Paradise Waiting is a good opener and I like the title track too. Dig and Cellophane aren't that inspired and they sort of have the sound of bottom drawer Smart period tracks, which isn't my preferred album anyway. I'm not sure what the vocal affectation on Big Black Sun is meant to be but it gets in the way of what would be a nice closing number.

    Number 7 in the first midweek. I am sure it will drop but that is higher than I imagined.
     
  23. BoysForSeles

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    My bundle arrived today but have been out so will have first play tomorrow. I hope they cling on for top 10 but imagine it’ll be a top 15-20 finish.
     
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    @FetchFugly I’ve had a few plays and I think The Modern Age is a solid little album. I feel like it’s not essential if you like and have Sleeper’s older stuff but also if you have and like their older stuff there’s no reason not to get this. There’s nothing to match their singles peaks from back in the day but those singles would be hard to match, proper quality. My fave tracks are More Than I Do, Car Into The Sea, Big Black Sun and The Sun Also Rises. #18 today, not bad after the Pledge fiasco.
     
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    I was definitely a little ungenerous in my earlier thoughts. There's not a real dud on there, though Dig isn't that inspired and I do wish Louise didn't slur her way through the verses of Big Black Sun. She's limited vocally but there's a sweet spot in her voice (like on the Paradise Waiting chorus) that I find very appealing. I do like the 'love in the modern age, sometimes it's a cradle, sometimes it's a cage' lyric on the title track and More Than I Do is very good too.

    18 is quite the drop from the initial midweek, but to be expected I suppose. I am sure there will be a similar plummet for Bananarama in a few weeks.
     
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    New Sleeper single ‘More Than I Do’. An album highlight and gorgeous adult break up song.
     

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