The Gallagher brothers still give each other shit, Radiohead headline festivals and Damon Albarn, well he has his own festival. Even in 2017 the pioneers of Britpop are very much out there and still somewhat relevant. To celebrate, here's 10 Britpop songs which make you extremely thankful for a new era of music.
The Day We Caught The Train - Ocean Colour Scene
Now, by no means are we saying any of these songs are bad, well, apart from the final one (you'll see). The point is that they sounds like a product of their time. The Day We Caught The Train, sadly, has aged about as well as an avocado bathroom suite. The pre-chorus sounds whingey, and the "Oh La La's" inspire as much sing-along as John Cage's 4'33 AKA silence.
Paranoid Android - Radiohead
The ultimate Marmite "Britpop" band. You either love Thom Yorke's freakish delivery or you think he and they are the most-overrated proposition of the era. Unlike some of their more famous single releases, Paranoid Android is one for the hard-core fans only. Continuous ostinatos and pained cries. We, admittedly and obviosuly, side more on the negative side of the Marmite.
Dolphin - Shed Seven
We love Shed Seven. I know, it's against the trend to say this, but they knew how to write a catchy tune. That and throw in some northern grit and Rick Witter swag, and you've got a decent band for the time and place. So in this case, it's more of a "worst of a decent bunch". But what really gets this track on the list is the swimming pool music video. A true shocker.
Walkaway - Cast
Somethings are just depressing. This song probably tops the list. What's more annoying is Cast did so many better songs, like Sandstorm - that was a beauty - it's just that this one remains the most famous. The sentiment might have been there, but thankfully the longevity wasn't. Maybe we're being too harsh, even Noel Gallagher found praise calling it a "religious experience" to watch Cast live. So, how many people went to the reunions? Thought so.
Wake Up Boo - The Boo Radleys
Simply. Just no. Thankfully it's no longer heard except on the odd breakfast bar TV commercial.
Chemical World - Blur
This is just like watching a young footballer before his prime. Like Ronaldo at Sporting, you can see where the later Blur's magic stemmed from, but for a single release this is more reserve team than world cup final. But having said that, it is still one of the songs on the list I do occasionally still listen to, albeit very very very rarely. Still, it makes the list.
Monday Morning - Pulp
Different Class really was a different class. But this song just reminds me of everything that is wrong with a Monday morning but without the sadistic enjoyment of dreariness. Frankly, that's the definition of grim. Could this be the only Pulp song that stagnates? Quite possibly, as even old Jarv's vocal realisations don't save it. Definitely a skipper, and you know it.
Come Back To What You Know - Embrace
Another mid-90's swimming pool music video. In fairness, this tune isn't so bad. It's more to do with the Indie power ballad than anything else, they were all at it! Don't you find they just seem to drag in the fast pace of the modern world? Credit where credit is due though, these guys knew when to call it quits with an absolute mega gig at Millennium Square back in 2005, and now drummer Mike Heaton owns a cracking chain pizza pubs. Result!
Animal Nitrate - Suede
The penultimate song and a somewhat of a dilemma. The way Brett Anderson's voice combines with the unique sound of the Suede signature guitar riff usually thrills me, but for some reason I can't help but think there really isn't much to this song at all. For the catchy guitar hook and the extremely repetitive lyricism kind of cancel each other out. In other words, this could have been a great song. But isn't.