The Battle of Britpop is NOT on

By on Saturday, 4th July 2009 at 8:07 pm

The 90s were an awkward time, a time when you could go about sounding like Coldplay and still manage to walk around with the swagger of The Rolling Stones. It wasn’t a time of musical genius or innovation in insturmentalism, it was (as the name suggests) a time of brilliant POP music – edgy enough to be passed as alternative.

As I ventured home last night on the underground I was met by a train of fierce middle-aged women fresh off a Take that concert. Amongst the excitement of these 40somethings which packed out the train there were a group of youths. As I walked off I heard them behind me, singing along to ‘Parklife’ with glittery shirts bearing the word ‘blur.’ It was obvious where they’d come from. Ironically it was in this instance that my iPod decided to switch to ‘(Whats the Story) Morning Glory’ and my mind trailed back to a review of Blur’s performance on their opening night in The London Paper. The journo suggested that with Blur’s magnificent comeback pressure was on Oasis for their Wembley Arena gigs next weekend, he rounded the article by saying the Britpop battle was on again – I shuddered.

If you’ve read any of my reviews or posts around these parts you’d know I was a fan of musical progression and experimentalism, the last thing we need in an age where these things are practically dead with mainstream bands sticking to the jangly guitar guidebook is to take fifteen years worth of steps back and reignite the Britpop battle.

It says something about the times I guess, that Oasis could hold a weekend residency at Wembley yet most bands formed post-2000 would struggle to fill the arena. The lasting legacy of these two bands is still widely apparent and the fact that kids are still picking up Blur records and singing along on tube stations shows just how influential BOTH of these bands are. However we must also accept that their music is rooted in another decade, and any suggestions of refueling the battle in the mainstream would do nothing other than damage the artists of today.

The last thing we need at the moment is another Blur vs. Oasis, so perhaps nostalgic journos should give it a rest eh??

One Response

11:32 pm
8th July 2009

to be honest mate, the blur versus oasis thing matters not a jot anymore. It never would have if it were not for some poor articles in The Sun (there’s a surprise).

let’s face it, there were plenty better bands before either of them, and since.

The Doves, a band who are obviously close to your heart, are a prime example.

Oasis are a band with one, maybe two, great albums. Did Blur ever release a great album?

One more point – Andy Bell should have stuck with Ride.

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