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Tonight, some 10 years after the Blur vs. Oasis battle, BBC Four held a Britpop night, running several programmes on the whole thing.

First up was a half-hour documentary by John Harris about the history of the phenomenon. It reprised much of the territory in his excellent book The Last Party, only squeezed into half an hour and with fragments of music and video, and interviews with various people from the time reminiscing over what it was like. This was followed by a programme with Damon Albarn presenting a selection of live videos; it's reassuring that he has ditched the mockney accent and look-at-me-I'm-working-class affectation, though perhaps a tad disappointing that the title designers did the lazy thing and equated britpop with Mod. Then they played Live Forever, the Britpop doco from some years back, and then a 1995 BBC fly-on-the-wall piece with Pulp, which was rather interesting. It involved backstage footage from a gig in Sheffield, Jarvis talking about appreciating kitsch knowingly yet unironically, and some footage of Pulp's support band, an outfit named Minty who seemed to be England's answer to Machine Gun Fellatio or something.

Poll #553362 Do you remember...

Which of the following were decent, in your opinion?

Suede
0(0.0%)
Blur
1(4.5%)
Oasis
0(0.0%)
Pulp
1(4.5%)
Elastica
1(4.5%)
Sleeper
0(0.0%)
Menswe@r
0(0.0%)
Northern Uproar
0(0.0%)
The Boo Radleys
0(0.0%)
Kula Shaker
0(0.0%)
Echobelly
0(0.0%)
Other
0(0.0%)

If you selected "other", enter one or more unlisted Britpop acts here

Blur vs. Oasis

Blur
14(82.4%)
Oasis
3(17.6%)
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On August 17th, 2005 10:17 pm (UTC), datakid23 commented:
while I agree with you generally, since this is brit pop we are talking about specifically, and indie music generally, I reserve the right to be particular and/or anal (depending on yer viewpoint). As you can see below, this is not uncommon when talking about these issues ;) SO, while I agree with you, Carnival of Light by Ride was probably one of the first "Britpop" albums (realeased 94). Some of the songs had shoegazer lengths, but the melodies and harmonies are much much more reminicent of britpop than of ride's earlier release. There didn't seem to be any fuzz at all (ok, so I haven't listened to it in a while, but I've had this discussion before). Further, if we are letting drop city through (looking here at magic transistor radio), then I presume it's ok to specify one ride album? here to pick yr nit!
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On August 18th, 2005 11:46 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
I don't know about Drop City. Though didn't the local EMI subsidiary have a policy of putting out Britpop-styled Australian schmindie bands in the late 1990s? (Weren't Gelbison one of them?)
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