by music journalist Taylor Parkes
does an extraordinarily good job of explaining why Britpop
was so deeply and unremittingly horrible
. [more inside]
are a band from Kendal, England
. They have built their sound on Hayden Thorpe's marmite-like countertenor
and Tom Fleming's bass, and complex, somewhat sex-obsessed
lyrics. Inside, please find a review of the band's history and discography. [more inside]
has released a video for the title track from his upcoming (and first-ever!) solo album, Everyday Robots
. Rolling Stone has asked him questions
about it. He recently performed a few new songs
and some old ones
at the Sundance Film Festival. Aitor Throup
, a London-based menswear designer, is the album's "creative director
Select Magazine, 1990-2000.
"This is a website dedicated to my favourite 90s music magazine Select
. I'll slowly be scanning in features, to give random flashbacks to the 90s music scene."
What can we really tell about these tracks’ place in a world where the common consensus has airbrushed the Outhere Brothers and Robson & Jerome into a parallel world?
Track one: Parklife by Blur. Track two: Cigarettes and Alcohol by Oasis. So began Polygram's series of Shine compilations, ten double CDs issued between April 1995 and August 1998 - an imperfect document of a timeframe that includes a battle for number one making the news bulletins
, and Jarvis Cocker invading Michael Jackson's Brit performance
The Shine Years
, by Simon Sweeping The Nation
, is recapping the Shine compilation albums chronologically, track by track.
, is a documentary about Paul Weller
It's only been about 12 years since Jamie Woon picked up a guitar and started writing songs, but he's progressed from his days of being a fan of Brit-pop, and his current work has been classified as sobstep, dubpop, and lovestep, or simply "the new pop music."
"At the heart of what I do is R&B, it's groove-based vocal-led music, and I try to sing about things that are close to my heart and that matter to me," says Woon
. His sound
has garnered a lot of praise, including placing 4th
in The Sound of 2011
, the annual British music industry poll. More of Woon's background and music inside. [more inside]
their reunion, all 220,000 tickets for the first three shows of the Stone Roses 2012 world tour sold out
in just 68 minutes. [more inside]
Pulp's Common People
- the great class-based song of the 90s?
"How did the contact with Keane come about?
/ Completely randomly.
A friend of the band's, bought one of my prints from a mutual friend's shop. The band saw the print in his house and said 'this is the person we have to work with on our next album artwork'." Sanna Annukka
on MeFi) discusses
how she came to illustrate Keane's album, Under the Iron Sea
, and singles, the artwork of which is playful
, and folklore-like
in feel. [more inside]
"There's sickly pop, there's cheesy pop and then there's the Lightning Seeds brand of pure shiny pop.
" The Lightning Seeds
mixed slick production with equally compelling melodies and lyrics, and produced a number of critically acclaimed albums in the 1990s. Now there's a new album coming out
- their first since 1999's Tilt
. [more inside]
features prominently on the 1968 album, The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society
, more commonly referred to as The Village Green Preservation Society
. The weird, eerie quality of this electronic keyboard, which uses pre-recorded tapes of individual sounds
such as strings and woodwind instruments, worked well with singer/songwriter Ray Davies
' nostalgic, backwards looking sensibility. [more inside]
The Stone Roses
are set to reform. It's almost 20 years since they released their extremely fine album creatively titled The Stone Roses
. The band
that was a big part of the Madchester
movement have been bumping into each other at Manchester United games and no doubt seeing the money that the footballers are making decided it was time to regroup. The rumours are not certain, but some say it is 75 percent
likely and media reports everywhere
indicates it is probably happening. [more inside]
As laddish 'landfill indie'
bands take over the British charts and the previous vanguard
of art-school bands trouble the mainstream less, the old debate on class
in pop music rears its head
, ex-lead singer of UK art rockers Earl Brutus
, has passed away. Earl Brutus were one of the most overlooked bands of the Britpop era, Sanderson himself being a swaggering hybrid of Jarvis Cocker and Mark E Smith. If you've not heard any of their music, just listen to (and watch) Come Taste my Mind
(YT), and have a taste of the Brutus.
Well, young folk, there was a time, y'know, when bands would put their band name on the kick drum head, so the audience could see the name of the band, y'see? Why, best as I can recall, the The Yardbirds
did it, and The Zombies
, too. And The Hollies
. Oh, and did I mention The Yardbirds
? Well, my memory's not what it used to be... oh, and there was those boys from Liverpool, used to sing about Kansas Cty
so well, why, you'd think they'd actually been
there! Now, there was this one band called themselves the Spencer Davis Group
, but I never could figure out why, cause it was that little Winwood fella just outta knee pants who was the star of that
show! [more inside]
Rhino Releases The Brit Box
It's hard to explain in 2007 what it feels like for music to be both uniting and important. Having spent nearly three years of the '90s living in London, it's with honest nostalgia
and wonder that we examine Rhino's The Brit Box
. The set's mission is rather broad: it attempts to examine the whole of UK indie rock
from 1985-1999 and devotes a disc each to '80s indie
, and the late '90s. [more inside]
AppreciationFilter: Edwyn Collins
--Scottish Britpop Master--from Nu-Sonic as a teen in the 70s, Orange Juice ("Rip It Up") in the early 80s, to "A Girl Like You" and "Magic Piper," and still going strong decades later.
He even created a British sitcom, West Heath Yard, and now supports up and coming bands. Even if you've never heard of him, you've heard at least one of his songs, whether in Austin Powers or elsewhere. More history here, from his old site. (and you can hear 18 streaming songs of his on the main link, above.)
Edwyn is now in the hospital after suffering a serious brain hemorrhage.
Love and Poison
tells the story of BritPop's love triangle -- Blur's Damon Albarn, Suede's Brett Anderson, and Elastica's Justine Frischmann. These articles from The Guardian are an excerpt from John Harris' "The Last Party: Britpop, Blair and the Demise of English Rock."
blur are back.
My favourite band since seeing them play in a pub in Leicester, blur
release their 7th album
They "invented" Britpop, then reinvented themselves when the backlash began, and it's lovely to still have them around. Something I've grown with and recognise as I stare at another edition of Top of the Pops, understanding nothing of the karaoke-cover-pap in the charts today.
If you're going to see them in London next month, I'll be the one at the back with a pint in my hand and a contented smile on my face (too old for this jumping around at the front lark)...