Britpop

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'It was like we'd gatecrashed someone else's party': how Britpop stars Menswear came apart at the seams
Back in 1994, the sharp-suited quintet could do no wrong as record labels fought to sign them. But in-fighting, drug abuse – and knocking a Coke can over on Peter Gabriel’s mixing desk – led to a rapid demise

Dave Simpson

23, Oct, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Damon Albarn in a facemask: Kevin Cummins' best photograph
‘He wanted to get on a train in Tokyo to see what they were like. He put on a facemask and did a shiver as a joke. Because of Covid-19, it now seems really prescient’

Interview by Tim Jonze

14, Oct, 2020 @2:51 PM

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Toto, ELO, Queen ... why hits from happier times top Covid lockdown playlists
Nostalgic Spotify users turn to the music of their youth to escape the woes of 2020

Jamie Doward

13, Sep, 2020 @6:01 AM

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Skin: ‘I refused to play the game’
Skin has been at the forefront of British music for more than two decades. So why is she not considered a face of Britpop? Here, she opens up about racism, sexuality and a lifetime spent smashing stereotypes

Michael Segalov

06, Sep, 2020 @9:00 AM

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'It reminded me I should not go quietly': readers' favourite UK No 1s
Guardian readers fill in the blanks in our countdown of the greatest UK No 1s of all time, with entries from Dusty Springfield to Desmond Dekker, Jimi Hendrix to Joe Dolce

Guardian readers

10, Jun, 2020 @9:00 AM

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Cornershop's Tjinder Singh: 'My dad said, 'They’ll not always want you here'. That stuck'
Cornershop and their political music are still making a stand. Ahead of a new album, they return to their spiritual home in the Midlands

Jude Rogers

01, Mar, 2020 @10:30 AM

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Supergrass: ‘We’ve always been about manic energy’
Britpop veterans Supergrass are back on the road – the Observer catches up with them in Amsterdam

Nosheen Iqbal

23, Feb, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Billie Eilish v Van Halen: what makes older music click with young people
Why do some bands resonate with young fans (or musicians) and not others? It’s all about the magic of cultural timing

Michael Hann

04, Dec, 2019 @8:24 AM

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Don’t Look Back in Anger review – talking about cool Britannia
An entertaining oral history of the 1990s

Kitty Empire

26, Aug, 2019 @6:00 AM

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Lunch With the Wild Frontiers by Phill Savidge review – Britpop years writ large
This memoir by the promoter of Suede and Pulp is a lively love letter to a bygone era

Jason Watkins

04, Jun, 2019 @8:00 AM

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What will you be reading next year? London book fair's star attractions
Salman Rushdie’s take on Don Quixote, Elton John’s memoirs and a study of criminals in Broadmoor – a selection of the biggest and most interesting books announced at the fair

Sian Cain

15, Mar, 2019 @4:12 PM

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The Good, the Bad & the Queen review – Albarn rages, but things might just get better
Damon Albarn jabs a finger at Brexit Britain’s divisions but the show turns bawdily riotous and, with the help of a male voice choir, inspirational

Dave Simpson

02, Dec, 2018 @11:23 AM

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