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Blur | 21

Best Britpop band? That’s a question of taste — though if your answer is Oasis, you’re probably wrong, and if your answer is Blur, you’re probably right.
EMI (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  July 27, 2012

The Big Hurt: The gnome-stealing legends of Britpop failure are back! Do we care? Maybe!

Here's the biggest news of the year, if you're me or Michael Marotta or one of maybe three other idiots in the world who'd actually care: Marion is reforming.  
Marion return!
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 07, 2011

A jolly good biomass mess

This is corporate pork on steroids, for energy we don't even need.
Letters to the Boston editors, September 23, 2011
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 23, 2011

Kasabian | Velociraptor!

Four records in and Kasabian are still dodging that lazy comparison to Oasis, which is based mainly on their healthy egos and partly on how singer Tom Meighan sometimes pulls off the best Liam Gallagher sneer since Be Here Now — look no further than the
RCA/Columbia (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  September 23, 2011
The Boston Phoenix 'Britpop 100' crashes Reading; a revitalized Pulp justifies our N.1

The Boston Phoenix 'Britpop 100' crashes Reading; a revitalized Pulp justifies our N.1

While the rest of New England spent the weekend bracing for that wet, windy, bitch named Irene, WFNX Program Director PAUL DRISCOLL set off for...
By Michael Marotta  |  August 29, 2011

An '80s Britpop pre-history

The pre-history of Britpop can be traced to the early-'80s Liverpool grudge match between Echo & the Bunnymen and Julian Cope's Teardrop Explodes.
Early echoes
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 19, 2011

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Britpop timeline

AUGUST 1995 • Blur vs. Oasis — battling bands release singles on the same day. Blur's "Country House" outsells Oasis's "Roll With It" 274k to 216k; they finish Nos. 1 and 2 on UK chart.
From Suede crashing the party to a 2000 wake-up call
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 19, 2011

Don't look back in anger

It's been more than 15 years since Britpop's heyday, and with the exception of one man – the Manic Street Preachers' Richey Edwards, who disappeared suddenly in 1995 – the rest of the cast is still trying to get by, just like the rest of us. Here's what
Checking in with 14 former stars of Britpop to see if modern life is truly rubbish in 2011
By KAYLEY KRAVITZ  |  August 19, 2011

Defining Britpop and picking the top 100

We know what you're thinking — you've read this far, and you're ready to throw this rag down in disgust. "Where is Morrissey? Or Stereolab? Or the fucking Cure? What is wrong with you people?"
Drawing the line
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 19, 2011
Boston Phoenix Names Top 100 Britpop Anthems: List Debuts on Radio, Print, Web, and Spotify

Boston Phoenix Names Top 100 Britpop Anthems: List Debuts on Radio, Print, Web, and Spotify

Our list of the Top 100 Britpop Anthems of the '90s is now on the streets, in the cloud, and on the airwaves. If you...
By Carly Carioli  |  August 18, 2011
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Viva Brother connect Britpop to gritpop

"When we started this band, it was the result of looking back and finding the last great era of music — and that was Britpop," says cool and confident singer/guitarist Leonard "Lee" Newell on the phone from the UK.
Uncommon people
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 29, 2011

[live review + photos] Richard Ashcroft @ Villa Victoria Center For The Arts

There was something remarkably calming watching RICHARD ASHCROFT own the stage last night at the Villa Victoria Center For The Arts. The enigmatic and sometimes...
By Michael Marotta  |  March 25, 2011

The Dears: Degeneration Street

This fifth and latest album from the Dears suggests that these Montreal natives need to clear out some Britpop cobwebs.
Dangerbird Records (2011)
By MIRIAM LAMEY  |  February 11, 2011

Clinic | Bubblegum

The name Clinic has always suited the music of these wired-up, post-punk Brits.
Domino (2010)
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  October 08, 2010

James: Surviving the trends after 30 years

It's been almost two decades since Tim Booth of James stared blankly at the camera in the video for "Laid," garbed in a thin sheer dress with a metal handcuff around his left wrist, his now long-gone hair a poofy, curly mess.
Manchester orchestra
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 24, 2010

Oasis | Dig Out Your Soul

No movement did more to dilute the majesty and power of rock’s first few golden ages than first-wave early-’90s Britpop.
Reprise (2008)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 17, 2008