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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

Formed in London in 1988 via Colchester, Essex, Blur (initially called 'Seymour') started on the lower rungs of the gig circuit. Within a year...

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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Lottery

1 9 8 3 - 1 9 8 4 (USA) 17 x 60 minute episodes Each week a lottery draw is held by the Intersweep Lottery. When a...

Rafferty

1 9 7 7 (USA) 13 x 60 minute episodes Ex-military surgeon Dr Sidney Rafferty (Patrick McGoohan) had just retired as a colonel after 23 years in...

Carl Perkins

Born in Lake County, Tennessee, on 9 April 1932, Carl Perkins began playing country music with his brothers Jay and Clayton for nearly a decade...

Broaden Your Mind

1 9 6 8 - 1 9 6 9 (UK) 13 x 30 minute episodes Misleadingly described as a part-quiz, part educational programme, Broaden Your Mind was in fact...

Mack and Myer For Hire

1 9 6 3 (USA) 202 x 15 minute episodes Mack (Mickey Deems) was a pessimist and Myer (Joey Faye) was an eternal optimist. They were friends...

Mary Wells

Born in Detroit on 13 May 1943, Mary Wells started singing at the age of ten and actually auditioned for the Tamla Motown label in 1961,...

Isadora (1968)

A remarkable film by any standards, Isadora is based on two works: My Life by Isadora Duncan (a dancer in the 1920s who forever changed people's ideas of...

Requiem For A Vampire (1971)

Blonde Marie (Marie Pierre Castel) and redhead Michelle (Mireille D'Argent) are two pretty teenage virgins who run away from a reform school dressed in...
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