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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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Sindy

Sindy (by Exeter-based manufacturer Pedigree Dolls & Toys) was introduced in Britain in 1963. US company Mattel had offered Pedigree the opportunity to licence...

Astrid Kirchherr

Astrid Kirchherr is best known for her striking photos of The Beatles taken during their first stay in Hamburg, which were later reproduced around the...

Last Wave, The (1977)

Behind the opening credits an Australian Aboriginal is painting on the roof of a cave which opens like a huge mouth: a black hand,...

Highway Patrol

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 5 9 (USA) 156 x 30 minute episodes Academy Award-winning actor Broderick Crawford starred in this syndicated cop series as...

Pre-Decimal Currency

Prior to Decimalisation in February 1971, Britain's currency featured an eclectic range of coins much loved by the nation, though visitors from overseas were often...

Tonight! America After Dark

1 9 5 7 (USA) 12 x 105 minute episodes When Steve Allen and The Tonight Show left the air in January 1957, NBC premiered a new...

Quicksilver Messenger Service

One of the first West Coast groups, Quicksilver Messenger Service formed in San Francisco in 1965 and built up a big reputation in that area...

Flash Forward

1 9 9 5 - 1 9 9 7 (USA) 26 x 30 minute episodes Tucker (Ben Foster) and Becca (Jewel Staite) are close friends. So close...