The Tuesday Playlist No.64: 90’s UK Indie

The Tuesday Playlist No.64: 90’s UK Indie

For our latest playlist we take a journey back to the 1990’s and trawl through the backwaters of the UK indie scene. I always had a problem with the whole Britpop thing. Fabricated by music journalists as a lazy way of turning a bunch of dissparate acts in to a ‘movement’ it has since become the distorted lens through which many see the rise of indie music in the 90’s, with Oasis and Blur out front, and at most about a dozen other bands behind them. However, if you were there at the time (as I was) you’ll know there Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.48: Damon Albarn

The Tuesday Playlist No.48: Damon Albarn

With it being his 48th birthday this Wednesday we thought that seemed like the perfect excuse to celebrate this multi-faceted musical talent. There was a time when Damon Albarn was only the front man of Blur, and that was good enough being that they were  pretty much the most consistently inventive and interesting group of the 90’s, much more so than their plodding, one-dimensional northern neighbours Oasis. Since then however he’s gone from strength to strength with Gorillaz and a plethora of other projects proving that there was much more to him than Blur and Britpop and emerging as one Read more »

New Reels: “Heavy Seas of Love” by Damon Albarn

New Reels: “Heavy Seas of Love” by Damon Albarn

Today marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most important albums of the 90’s, the one that alongside the first two Oasis records epitomized the whole Britpop era, and that record is Parklife by Blur. When people talk about great British songwriters it’s very often the case that the same familiar names – Lennon & McCartney, Ray Davies, David Bowie, Paul Weller etc – come up time and time again. For my liking Damon Albarn’s name isn’t mentioned nearly often enough in the same breath which is a shame because it’s hard to think of a better songwriter from Read more »

Britpop: The age of the party vegetable.

Britpop: The age of the party vegetable.

An in depth study of Oasis´ “Don´t Look Back in Anger” and Blur´s “Country House” and the repercussion of these videos in their era. For this One On One I’m taking you back to the days of Britpop and the rivalry that defined the scene that took Indie music out of the working-class terrace and in to all-together more expensive surroundings. And indeed, it’s this move in to ‘a very big ‘ouse in the caaantry’ – as Damon Albarn put it in his finest Dick Van Dyke impersonation – that forms the centre of this analysis. Firstly, we have Oasis. Read more »