10 songs that prove Britpop was awesome
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20 years ago (roughly), something happened. Of course, things always happen, but this ‘something’ saw a load of home grown guitar bands climb to the top of the charts bringing with it a change in popular culture, politics and fashion that is still felt today. The charts were crammed with indie-bands that a few years before would not have got a look in. It sounded great, the bands looked great and it was mega exciting. If you need convincing check out these ten tunes that prove Britpop was awesome: Elastica – Connection OK, so they ripped-off The Stranglers and Wire, but few bands exuded effortless cool like Elastica. Their self-titled debut album was a masterpiece and this was one of its many highlights. Suede – Animal Nitrate Oozing androgyny and a very British aesthetic Suede were the band that first became the media darlings of the new British indie assault on the mainstream. Anthems like ‘Animal Nitrate’ put them there – ambiguous drug references, catchy riffs and a massive sing-along chorus – classic. Blur – Girls and Boys They arguably kicked off the whole Britpop sound with the album Modern Life Is Rubbish, after a horrible tour of the US and wanting something truly British. Its kitchen-sink narratives and eccentricities didn’t make a commercial splash but influenced everything! Parklife wasn’t the same, it exploded. This the first single from it captured an air of optimism and hedonism that was becoming rife in 90s youth culture, whilst also poking fun at it. Its funky disco beats and easy to sing-(shout?)- along–too lyrics made it a guaranteed hit. Oasis – Supersonic It might hard to understand in 2014, but in 1994 there was literally nothing more exciting than Oasis. They exploded with a self-assured swagger and a batch of incredible tunes. Their first single ‘Supersonic’ might not be their best track but its sheer seismic impact gives it a place here.
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