Browsing: Britpop

Originally called The Bottlegarden, The Bluetones formed in Hounslow, London in 1994. In 1995, they released two singles, Are You Blue or Are You Blind? and Bluetonic, which received positive…

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 the United Kingdom throughout most of…

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) Suede album was brilliant. Provocative, pan-sexual…

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 single (Just Got Back Today) on…

Shed Seven formed in York (England) in 1990 with frontman Rick Witter, Joe Johnson on guitar and keyboards, bassist Tom Gladwin and drummer Alan Leach. Johnson was later replaced by…

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 to the Fontana label and…

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 singer Justine Frischmann’s legendary fringe became…

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 first Top 20 single (and…

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 would ever need. Featuring the kind…

Guitarist Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs, bass player Paul ‘Guigsy’ McGuigan and drummer Tony McCarroll originally formed as 061 (after the telephone area code for their home city of Manchester), then changed…

Formed in London in 1988 via Colchester, Essex, Blur (initially called ‘Seymour’) started on the lower rungs of the gig circuit. Within a year they had signed to Food Records…

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 among the practitioners of what…

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 sound to hop on the gravy…

Formed in 1992 by arch cynic Luke Haines and girlfriend Alice Readman alongside drummer Glenn Collins and cellist James Banbury, The Auteurs (named for the French movie term denoting both…