Britpop Tournament Preview 2 of 2: Part 2

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Welcome to the second part of our tournament preview. Once again, to summarize, we made a NCAA style tournament and seeded some bands. Below is a simple comment about each band, and a song we’ve added to our playlist.

Have a read!

Matchup 9

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Blur (2)
To go from being just another baggy (Manchester sounding band) to the kings of Britpop, wow. Suede may have kicked off Britpop, but “Girls & Boys” and “Parklife” both charting in the UK top 10 was when I knew this was something properly big. – Martin

Song: “Girls & Boys”

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Gene (30)
First time I saw Gene, I stood next to Justine Frischmann at the Sheffield Leadmill. Nothing particularly original about them, but, my god, their first few singles were amazing. – Martin

Song: “Be My Light, Be My Guide”

Matchup 10

St Etienne (14)
A proper pop band, with a great band name, in a fair and just world they would have had half a dozen number 1 singles. The intro to “Nothing Can Stop Us Now” is difficult to better. – Martin

Also – JOSH – we miss you. Talk soon.

Song: “Nothing Can Stop Us Now”

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Morrissey (19)
Morrissey’s stock has fallen faster than oil prices in recent years, but was anyone really surprised?” – Ricky

Song: “Everyday is Like Sunday”

Match 11

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Ride (11)
My brother saw them sign to Creation Records with Alan McGhee backstage at a gig in Sheffield. “Leave Them All Behind” is 8 minutes of brilliance. – Martin

I also asked Frank to give me a few words, but he ignored me.

Song: “OX4″

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Stereolab (22)
My friend Caroline said they don’t belong here because they weren’t Britpop, but Stereolab were always kind of outsiders so this makes perfect sense in this imperfect world. – Ricky

Song: “French Disko”

Match 12

The Verve (6)
If the video for Bittersweet Symphony was released in the age of social media #vervesidewalkchallenge would exist. – Ricky

Song: “The Drugs Don’t Work”

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Sleeper (27)
Let’s be honest, you discovered these guys on the Trainspotting soundtrack. – Ricky

Song: “Inbetweener”

Matchup 13

Suede (7)
Ricky’s favorite band. He’ll be hurt when they get eliminated, because not enough people know about the record Dog Man Star. Shame on all of you.

Song(s): “New Generation” + “Beautiful Ones”, because I love Suede and I think there’s two iterations of them in the Britpop years (Pre/Post Bernard)

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Shed Seven (26)
Until recently Ricky Witter kept the Britpop torch burning with his radio show ‘Disco Down’ – Ricky

Song: “Disco Down”

Matchup 14

Supergrass (10)
As an Immature teen, I was always displeased that Supergrass’s breakthrough into North America was for their 1999 self-titled record, instead of I Should Coco. Why? Who knows. So young. So gone. – Ricky

Song: “Alright”

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Ocean Colour Scene (23)
Songs For The Front Row is the ultimate cottage soundtrack – Ricky

Song: “The Day We Caught the Train”

Match 15

Lush (15)
One of the few bands to transition from the early 90’s shoegazing scene to Britpop. Single Girl was one of the biggest tunes of the era. And I once danced with Miki Lush at the Sheffield Leadmill (as in danced vaguely near her). – Martin

Song: “Single Girl”

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Teenage Fanclub (18)
Norman Blake now resides in Kitchener ON, this alone will guarantee Canadian votes. – Ricky

Song: “The Concept”

Match 16

Radiohead (2)
We’ve got Radiohead on this list, even though Thom York once described Britpop as something that made him “fucking angry.” Other than that, no real flaws with Radiohead. – Paul

Song: “Paranoid Android”

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Stereophonics (31)
Often derided for writing shitty songs, Stereophonics became quite popular despite a lack of critical acclaim. Also- were notoriously large Tragically Hip fans. RIP Stuart Cable. – Ricky

Song: “Dakota”

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Britpop Tournament Preview 1 of 2: Part 1

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Since there’s nothing better to do, let’s do a Britpop tournament. Me and other Panic Manual people have spent too much time thinking about this and we have come up with a tournament to crown a Britpop champion.

Before we get to the voting part (you can just click here to vote if you really want), let’s take a look at the bands we’ve selected. We’ve tried to seed them more appropriately, but really who gives a shit.

We broke up the bands into two posts, and this post will feature 16. Since we always maintain a less is best approach when it comes to actual quality content, we just have a blurb for each band.

We have also created a playlist with one song from each band.

Matchup 1

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Oasis (1)
I stupidly bought a bucket hat once, not sure if it was because of Oasis or because I was an idiot. Either way, live forever!

Song: “Live Forever”

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Kula Shaker (32)
Way more famous than they deserved. “Hey Dude” was a good tune but their second best tune was their Deep Purple cover. May have superficially dove into Eastern Mysticism to separate themselves from the Britpop bands.

Song: “Hey Dude”

Matchup 2

Super Furry Animals (17)
Deserves points just for the most creative use of a featured musician – having Paul McCartney chew carrots and celery on the track “Receptacle for the Respectable.”

Song: “Juxtaposed with U”

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Ash (16)
In 2021 the gem that keeps Tim Wheeler ageless will dissolve, turning him to dust. This will give Ash a reason to release yet another Best Of.

Song: “A Life less Ordinary” – A very ’90s song that soundtracked a movie of the same name that features Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz, both at the peak of their powers.

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Match 3

Elastica (9)
Justine……Justine Frischmannnn…from Elastica… (Insert video from star stories) . But also, Justine Frischmann ignited both Blur and Suede to great success and put out a killer album.

Song: “Stutter”

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The Auteurs AND Black Box Recorder (24)
Luke Haines had two outputs in the ’90s. Both were exceptional and underrated. In this battle, they will tag team in an attempt to overthrow Elastica.

Song:
The Auteurs – “How I Learned to Love the Bootboys”
Black Box Recorder – “The Facts of Life”

Match 4

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Manic Street Preachers (8)
4 Real guys, we think Manics will do well.

Song: “A Design For Life”

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Black Grape (25)
Shaun Ryder’s post Happy Mondays band probably put out a better record then the Mondays actually did, not sure if Ryder or Bez remembers though

Song: “Kelly’s Heroes”

Match 5

Stone Roses (3)
If you asked half the bands here to name their influences, chances are Stone Roses would be one of them. Ian Brown also wrote the line ‘The dolphins were monkeys that didn’t like the land.’

Song: “Fool’s Gold”

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Embrace (28)
Originally compared to Oasis because they were also brothers and kinda wrote anthemic songs, Embrace never reached the heights expected of them, still their debut record was solid **** record. We’ll forget the dreadlocks phase that came with the follow-up album.

Song: “The Good Will Out”

Match 6

The Charlatans (12)
I like the Charlatans a lot more now that Tim Burgess is doing the twitter listening parties. A band that’s been through many ups and downs (including tragedy), it’s great to see them come out still intact.

Song: “North Country Boy”

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Robbie Williams (21)
Purists will argue on his inclusion, but he is British, he writes pop music, and was big in the ’90s. His first two albums were perfect pop records. You know all the words to “Angel.” Robbie and Liam fought over Nicole Appleton. An indispensable part of the era.

Song: “Supreme”

Match 7

James (13)
James has given me some of the best live experiences of my life. Their music just lifts you off the ground and gives you a big warm hug. Criminally underrated act.

Song: “Tomorrow”

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Boo Radleys (20)
“Wake Up Boo!” is the perfect alarm music, just make sure you hit snooze before the horns kick in.

Song: “Wake Up Boo”

Match 8

Pulp (2)
This band transformed my life, so naturally they are the best. Big songs, the best lyrics and charisma all around. Who doesn’t dance to Common People?

Song: “Common People”

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Lightning Seeds (29)
Queue up ‘Change’ right now and it’ll instantly put you in a better mood.

Song: “Change”

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Song Of The Day: Esther Rose – Blue On Blue

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Photo credit: Sarah Danzinger

Esther Rose‘s You’ve Made It This Far was one of my favourite discoveries of last year. The New Orleans-based Rose caught my attention with the lovely tunes collected on that album such as “Lower 9 Valentine” and “Handyman” and definitely impressed when I caught her opening for Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets back in September of last year.

Rose pays tribute to her former tour mate on her upcoming EP My Favorite Mistakes, a collection of covers from the likes of Lowe, Roy Orbison, Hank Williams and Sheryl Crow, whose “My Favorite Mistake” provides the EP with its title.

My Favorite Mistakes is out May 29 via Father/Daughter Records. Check out Rose’s version of Nick Lowe’s “Blue On Blue” below.

Random Indie Tournament: THE FINAL FOUR

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Here we are, the Final Four

I would say 3/4 of the bands were heavy favorites, with Interpol benefiting from a weak bracket. Are they the underdog? can Carlos D and Paul Banks pull off the upset? Probably not. Still, here we are.

Let’s take a look at the favorites – in doing so, I’ve asked a person to vouch for each band

The Strokes

“Easily the most influential band of our time, The Strokes set the tone for indie rock’s sound of the 2000s, so much that they’ve often felt like a foundational part of our lives – we all have memories of dance parties, road trips, and backyard barbecues soundtracked by their iconic tunes. As a result, they’ve become the only indie rock band that transcends matters of taste. If you’re voting in this poll, odds are there’s at least one or two (or five, or ten) Strokes songs that hold a very special place in your heart. No other band from this era of rock is anywhere close to being as universal.”
– Anonymous

LCD Soundsystem

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“In 2011, I was there. Sort of. I went to New York City and attended a Strokes concert at Madison Square Garden, a show that was scheduled the night before LCD Soundsystem’s big farewell show at the same venue. At the time, I wasn’t an LCD Soundsystem fan so I didn’t bother trying to get tickets to that show (which I would later experienced on the big screen in their documentary, Shut Up and Play the Hits). That may be one of my biggest regrets in hindsight: seeing the Strokes during their Angles era while missing out on LCD Soundsystem at their peak. (I say this as a relatively big fan of the Strokes, by the way.) Years later, LCD reunited and I ended up catching them twice, both times among the best concerts I’ve ever been to. In a time when New York City’s music scene was overtaken by skinny jeans-wearing hipsters, James Murphy (a man who declared that he was losing his edge on his debut single) dared people to dance — skinny jeans be damned! LCD songs are classic rock anthems, dance numbers that will always get people excited on the dancefloor and the embodiment of a 2000s sound that they absolutely dominated while every other act in this bracket was busy vying to become the next breakthrough rock act.”
– Anonymous

Arcade Fire

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Here’s Gary’s take
“As usual, I was late to the party. 2005 was no different. It was after I had moved to Toronto, on my way to a weekend tour in Montreal, when I first heard Arcade Fire’s debut album Funeral, released in 2004. I think my ears must have exploded 50 times over as Neighborhood #1 Tunnels sound-tracked that Greyhound ride. As they weaved their melancholy and defiant brand, I keep thinking about Zorba the Greek, and how wonderful it is to hold these two in the same thought congruently, never skipping a beat. All the while that fucking bus skip over potholes like some dead gopher that failed to find cover from rifle bullets in some no-name prairie. Big sounds, fast ideas, tempered anger, and universal nihilism. That is what I always find comforting about Arcade Fire. From Antichrist Television Blues (in “brackets”, no less!), Rococo, Keep the Car Running, or even Rebellion/Lies, you will never find a minute of khaki beigeness. Dressed in high-gothic musical styling (or was it Victorian?), they are always transportive even if you can’t make out the cutting social and domestic commentaries. And once you do… well, that’s going to need another whole new paragraph.”

Interpol

We couldn’t find a human to vouch for Interpol, but our favorite celebrity dog BACON had something to say!

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Can’t argue with that one.

Last but not least, what would a race be without a heart felt concession speech!

Franz Ferdinand

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Here is our photographer, Elizabeth Isles, showing some Franz Love

“Ricky asked me to write him a paragraph about Franz Ferdinand, should they make it through to the next round of this attempt to amuse ourselves and pretend that any of our opinions matter within a universe hurtling toward its inevitably fiery end. I said I didn’t expect them to make it through, but that I would write him a paragraph anyway because I am that much of a disciple of the church of Franz Ferdinand. Like, I even own a copy of Blood – the dub remix of their third album – on vinyl. It’s unreasonable.

I could go down a rabbit hole of reasons for why they are my faithful number one band, but my biggest argument in the pro-Franz camp is their live show (which is a sad thing to think about given the current circumstances, but I digress). This owes a lot to their stage presence, but also to the fact that they write hits! hits! hits! for the dancefloor. Maybe not chart-topping hits, if we’re talking in technical terms, but by golly do they know how to maintain a tempo. An investigation of their catalogue over the last 16 years reveals an absolute bounty. May I point you in the (chronologically released from their five albums to-date) direction of: “Michael”, “The Fallen”, “Ulysses”, “Stand on the Horizon”, and “Always Ascending”. I remain endlessly thankful that they’re still making music, and I like to think that they’ve managed to influence the cultural atmosphere and musical direction, in their own understated way. They don’t take themselves too seriously and don’t stir up much controversy, but they’re still really good at what they do! What a nice story. My heart swells with pride.”

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