Britpop at Maida Vale
Jo Whiley and Steve Lamacq
Damon Albarn performed Blur's "For Tomorrow" and "This is a Low", Ellis-Bextor covered of Pulp's "Do You Remember the First Time", Coombes' performed Supergrass' "Caught by the Fuzz", and Josh Record cover Cast's "Walkaway".
If you live in the UK, you can access the program via iPlayer or on the web.
Steve, Louise, and Jo
The bbc.com reports that "Common People" by Pulp was the #1 Britpop anthem (as voted by fans), followed by "Bittersweet Symphony" by the Verve and "Don't Look Back in Anger" by Oasis. Personally, I would have also ranked Elastica's "Connection" and even Sleeper's "Inbetweener" or Echobelly's "King Of The Kerb".... but there were no "female-fronted bands" on the Top 10 list. What gives? Even the Bluetones and Ash made it. I don't even like top lists, but maybe if I feel inspired at the end of April, I will put together a Britpop W♥M Mixtape for you.
Speaking of Echobelly, they are now called Calm of Zero. The duo (Sonya Aurora Madan and Glenn Johansson) announced that they're reissuing Echobelly's first two albums (Everyone's Got One and On) with extra tracks and extra discs full of previously unreleased material. Well worth looking into if you never got the albums the first time around... they are both very excellent albums. All pre-orders will guarantee autographs from both Sonya and Glenn.
Anyway, I've been really pleased at all the Britpop coverage in the media. As a fan of the music movement the first time around, I hope this new generation will like what they hear and be inspired by this short-lived music genre.
As Jarvis Cocker would put it, "Do you remember the first time? I can't remember a worse time."
Sophie Ellis-Bextor remembers the first time...
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 at 04:25 AM
...The Maida Vale vid isn't a show that was "aired" as such - basically Jo Whiley and Steve Lamacq did 5 Britpop special radio shows, each one had someone in doing a live cover version, these were filmed, and have just been added in to the single compilation of cover sessions. In fact they only showed a single thing on TV - this: Britpop at the BBC
Shame really. They could have put a load of Glastonbury stuff up from 94-95, but copyright would all be owned by Channel 4 (who were covering it at that time), not the BBC, so guess they couldn't afford to do that.