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Auteurs, The

Formed in 1992 by arch cynic Luke Haines and girlfriend Alice Readman alongside drummer Glenn Collins and cellist James Banbury, The Auteurs (named for...

Black Grape

Britpop wasn't just about the vanguard of brand new bands sounking forth from Camden's Good Mixer pub. It was also about older acts tweaking their...

Blur

Released on 10 May 1993 as a response to grunge, Modern Life Is Rubbish showcased Blur's new aesthetic - an evocation of modern British life that formed...

Britpop

The mid-90s was a golden era for British music, with several fine bands all coming good at the same time. There was, though, little camaraderie...

Cool Britannia

Cool Britannia (a play on the title of the popular British patriotic song Rule, Britannia) was a period of increased pride in the culture of...

Elastica

Elastica were the most crush-inspiring gang of the 90s Britpop set. Their DM's, eyeliner, jeans and leather jackets non-look set a new standard in what-the-fuck-you-staring-at attitude while...

Gene

At the hedonistic peak of Britpop, Gene's more melancholic, Smiths-influenced strains were a lad-free anomaly. The obviousness of their influences would ultimately be their downfall, but their...

James

Through an early interest by Morrissey, James managed to get a recording contract with Factory Records based in their hometown, Manchester. In 1990 they signed...

Menswe@r

Daydreamer (1995) was the only song this short-lived band had in their arsenal when they started. It turned out to be the only one they...

Oasis

Guitarist Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs, bass player Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan and drummer Tony McCarroll originally formed as 061 (after the telephone area code for their...

Pulp

In November 1985, Jarvis Cocker (pictured at right) was at a party at bandmate Russell Senior's flat above a Sheffield sex shop called Sven...

Suede

1992 had been Suede's breakthrough, landing a Melody Maker cover before releasing a single track and cracking the UK Top 20 with Metal Mickey. The first (self-titled)...

Supergrass

Singer/guitarist Gaz Coombes and his older school friend, drummer Danny Goffey had been playing together in The Jennifers since their early teens, releasing one...

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Riverside

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Nat King Cole

Learning to play the piano at an early age, Nathaniel Adams Coles secured a residency at Chicago's Panama Club with his brother Eddie while...

Donna Reed Show, The

1 9 5 8 - 1 9 6 6 (USA) Academy Award-winning actress - for From Here To Eternity (1953) - Donna Reed became the star of...

D.A., The

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Drugs in the 1970s

There was a really jolly period during the 70s before everyone figured out how bad drugs really were for you and got all 12-step...

Tin Machine

Tin Machine had its beginnings when Sara Gabrels, a journalist who had worked as David Bowie's press liaison person during his Glass Spider tour in...

Armchair Thriller

1 9 7 8 (UK) 26 x 30 minute episodes 1 9 8 0 (UK) 28 x 30 minute episodes Armchair Thriller screened twice weekly in 1978 and 1980, with each...