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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...

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...

Pulp

In November 1985, Jarvis Cocker was at a party at bandmate Russell Senior's flat above a Sheffield sex shop called Sven Books. While attempting to...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Black Grape

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

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...

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Herd, The

The Herd reached #6 in Britain in 1967 with From The Underworld. The blossoming of 'flower power' at that time brought the group two more...

Apache (1954)

Lancaster stars as an angry Apache Indian warrior who boldly crusades for justice for his tribe and then settles down. There are some good action...

Plainclothesman, The

1 9 4 9 - 1 9 5 4 (USA) 209 x 30 minute episodes A subjective first-person camera method - a technique first used effectively in...

Martin Luther King

1 9 2 9 - 1 9 6 8 Born Michael Luther King, Jr, but later changing his name, Martin Luther attended segregated public schools...

Gypsy Blouses

A light cotton top, gathered at the neck line and bottom. The string at the neck usually had little bells on the end. Worn...

That Riviera Touch (1966)

A terrific sixties comedy starring legendary British comedy duo, Morecambe And Wise. After a mix-up with a member of the Royal Family (they give...

Irn-Bru

Such is the remarkable popularity of Irn-Bru in its native Scotland that it outsells both Coca-Cola and Pepsi. In the 1980s, the drink’s tagline was...

Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)

The versatile HB "Toby" Halicki not only wrote, directed and starred in this grandaddy of the car-chase movie, he also supplied the vehicles -...