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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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Johnny Winter

Frail Texan albino bluesman-turned-rock superstar-turned-mental hospital inmate Johnny Winter was born in Leland, Mississippi on 23 February 1944, but brought up in Beaumont, Texas. Winter...

Buffalo

Sydney band Buffalo was one of Australia's pioneering heavy rock outfits, and by virtue of the band's appearance on the Vertigo label (they were...

Skolars, The

1986 was a good year for Aussie band The Skolars. After the single No Room For Happiness and their contribution to the compilation album On The...

Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Comedy Show, The

1 9 7 4 (USA) In the 1970s, it was common for pop groups like The Jackson 5 and The Bay City Rollers to get their own television shows after...

Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

Four years after she was possessed by the demon Pazuzu, 18-year-old Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair) is living a quiet life under the watchful eye...

Shop Assistants

Formed in Edinburgh in 1984, this pop group used guitar inflexions enthusiastically borrowed from the Buzzcocks. They were originally called Buba and The Shop...

Bob Dylan

After dabbling briefly in rock music as pianist for Bobby Vee, Robert Zimmerman of Duluth, Minnesota took himself off to Greenwich Village, New York, where...

Gang Busters

1 9 5 2 (USA) 49 x 30 minute episodes This NBC anthology of crime stories taken from actual police and FBI files aired on alternate weeks...