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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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Marge and Jeff

1 9 5 3 (USA) This live nightly 15-minute sitcom from the DuMont Television Network featured Marge Greene (who also wrote the episodes) and Jess Cain...

Hitch Hike To Hell (1977)

"She's about to go on the ride of her life . . . it won't last long!!" Howard Martin (Robert Gribbin) is a mild-mannered 25-year-old...

Tokens, The

This Brooklyn doo-wop group was originally known as The Linc-Tones when they formed in 1955 at Lincoln High School. Original members Hank Medress, Neil Sedaka, Eddie Rabkin and...

“5” Royales, The

The "5" Royales began life in the 1940s as a gospel group called The Royal Sons Quintet but rechristened themselves The Royals after going...

Man Who Haunted Himself, The (1970)

The Man Who Haunted Himself is a cult 1970 British film directed by Basil Dearden and based on the novel The Strange Case of...

Peters & Lee

At the age of five, Lennie Peters (born Leonard George Sargent) was knocked down by a car and lost the sight of his left...

Pirate Radio

The 1960s pirate radio phenomenon was founded on a simple loophole and a cunning understanding of maritime law. If a ship was moored three or...

Buffalo Springfield

A gypsy childhood took Stephen Stills from Dallas, Texas, through many southern cities and also Central America. At the University of Florida, Steve discovered he...