Friday, November 7, 2008

What Were You Listening to In 1995?

when i was in highschool inbetween the period when Kurt Cobain died and before i got into the hardcore/emo scene, i was really into to BritPop. mostly fueled by my love of the Smiths and Stone Roses, i started to get into bands like Blur, Oasis, The Verve, Pulp, Suede, Elastica, etc.... i bought the NME every week and started buying up every album by every new British band that i read about. there were a lot of band calls (Ash or Gay Dad anyone?) and a couple of great albums (Definitely Maybe, Parklife, The Bends, & Urban Hymns) my infatuation lasted from the summer of 94 till about 1996...just before i bought Jawbreaker's emo/punk masterpiece "24 Hour Revenge Therapy" and suddenly could care less about what the fuck was going on in England. then 1997 happened and England became obsessed with Electronica and Radiohead put out OK Computer and that pretty much put the nail in the coffin of BritPop. Oasis never fully conquered America and Blur started trying to sound like an American Indie Rock band with their last couple of albums. and that was that. if you are at all interested in the genre then you should watch the documentary Live Forever. it's got some really entertaining interviews with Noel Gallagher and Jarvis Cocker of Pulp (the real star of the movie). here's a trailer.

actually it looks like you can watch the whole damn movie on youtube.

here's a few of my favorite BritPop era music videos.

Blur- The Universal

Pulp- This Is Hardcore

Elastica- Connection

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