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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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1962

January 01 - Western Samoa becomes independent. 01 - The Beatles are turned down by Decca Records, whose A&R man Dick Rowe enters the history books...

Barron Knights, The

The Barron Knights formed in 1959 in Leighton Buzzard and their first brush with fame came in 1963 when they appeared as a support act...

Disco Fashion

Synthetics (satin, polyester, velour) Gold lamé Designer clothes and shoes (Gucci, YSL, Charles Jourdan) French Cut Jeans Gaudy polyester shirts High-waisted super wide pantsuits Short bomber jackets Strappy high-heels Spandex bodysuits Slinky wraparound...

Man in The White Suit, The (1951)

The Man in the White Suit appeared in August 1951, two months after another famous Ealing comedy - The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) - had its premiere. It...

Aldrich Family, The

1 9 4 9 - 1 9 5 3 (USA) Before it became a successful sitcom on television, The Aldrich Family had been a long-running and popular radio...

R3

1 9 6 4 - 1 9 6 5 (UK) 26 x 50 minute episodes A soap opera from the BBC, set at Government Research Centre Number 3...

I’m Bob, He’s Dickie

1 9 7 7 - 1 9 7 8 (UK) 4 x 60 minute episodes Bob Monkhouse and Dickie Henderson co-starred in this ATV variety show. Guest stars...

California Suite (1978)

Four groups of visitors stay at the swanky Beverly Hills Hotel and are forced to deal with problems ranging from a runaway daughter to which...