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Live Forever : The Rise And Fall Of Britpop

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Britpop is a subgenre of alternative rock that originated in the United Kingdom. Britpop emerged from the British independent music scene of the early 1990s and was characterised by bands influenced by British guitar pop music of the 1960s and 1970s. The movement developed as a reaction against various musical and cultural trends in the late 1980s and early 1990s, particularly the grunge phenomenon from the United States. In the wake of the musical invasion into the United Kingdom of American grunge bands, new British groups such as Suede and Blur launched the movement by positioning themselves as opposing musical forces, referencing British guitar music of the past and writing about ...view middle of the document...

The imagery associated with Britpop was equally British and working class. Music critic Jon Savage asserted that Britpop was "an outer-suburban, middle-class fantasy of central London streetlife, with exclusively metropolitan models." A rise in unabashed maleness, exemplified by Loaded magazine and lad culture in general, would be very much part of the Britpop era. The Union Flag also became a prominent symbol of the movement, and its use as a symbol of pride and nationalism contrasted deeply with the controversy that erupted just a few short years before when former Smiths singer Morrissey performed draped in it. The emphasis on British reference points made it difficult for the genre to achieve success in the US.
History : Origins and first years
Madchester is a term coined for a music scene that happened in Manchester, at the end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s. This was the very start of Britpop.
The Madchester scene, fronted by The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, and Inspiral Carpets, was the immediate root of Britpop since its emphasis on good times and catchy songs.
Noel Gallagher described The Stone Roses' self-titled debut album as "the first Britpop album".
In the summer of 1990, high on the massive European success of their debut album, the Stone Roses headlined the Spike Island festival.
The Stone Roses brought art and music and a hint of politics to the youth culture and energized a nation of young Brits who’d known nothing but Thatcherism. The band’s appearance at Spike Island was the gathering of the tribes and anyone who followed Brit Rock at the time could feel a change coming.

But like so many flashes of brilliance, the Stone Roses were a dream ultimately left unfulfilled. A five year lawsuit and eventual personality strife kept the band from the world dominance they’d so arrogantly declared theirs. The band’s disintegration left a hole in Britain’s musical psyche; a vacuum. And nature abhors a vacuum.
  
Just as Britain‘s music scene rebelled against Conservativism, so too did America’s. November 1991 saw the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind. And everything else paled in comparison, if only in the public’s eye. For a time, Britain was just as caught up in the anger (or apathy) of grunge as America was. Suddenly, British culture was again overcome by the exports of its former colony and Brit Rock languished for a time. But there were glimmers of hope here and there .
Blur's single "Popscene" and Suede's "The Drowners" were released around the same time in the spring of 1992. John Harris stated, "If Britpop started anywhere, it was the deluge of acclaim that greeted Suede's first records: all of them audacious, successful and very, very British".Suede’s debut album”suede” shook for a spell; It became the fastest-selling debut album in the history of the UK. In April 1993, Select magazine featured on Suede, Pulp and some other bands , it helped foment the idea of an emerging movement.
Blur took on an...

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