Song Of The Day: Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart

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The votes are in on the Britpop(ish) tournament that we threw together a little while back and the winner is … Saint Etienne! Yes, the London-based band beat out Pulp in the final round, so thanks to all the Saint Etienne fans who somehow stumbled across our site.

In honour of their victory, here’s a throwback to one of the band’s earliest singles, their cover of Neil Young’s “Only Love Can break Your Heart.” Check out the video below.

Song of The Day: JARV IS – House Music All Night Long

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Now that most everyone’s self-isolating and staying inside for much of our days, the question arises: is it socially acceptable to listen to house music all night long? No, it really isn’t. At least not if you care at all what your neighbours think about you. If perhaps you don’t care, or if you’ve got really thick walls, or you live out in the middle of nowhere with no neighbours, then go right ahead I guess. If that’s not the case, then maybe just spare 5:54 to give Jarvis Cocker‘s latest a spin.

“House Music All Night Long” is the latest single off of Beyond The Pale, the upcoming album by Cocker’s latest project JARV IS. That album is set to be released in September of 2020, which feels very far off right now, but then again time has pretty much lost all of it’s meaning these days, so who really knows?

In the meantime, check out the video for “House Music All Night Long” below. With lyrics like “Saturday night, cabin fever in house nation/This is one nation under a roof/Ain’t that the truth”, I find it resonates pretty well with our current situation.

Britpop(ish) Tournament Round 2 Preview

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Gruff Rhys

Round 2 is here! No surprises so far.

Some tough battles lie ahead. Vote here

Here’s a video of each of the bands.

Stone Roses
How can you not post this famous meltdown on their first TV appearance?

This video is permanently embedded in my head as it eloquently capture one of the best moments in my life. The way the scrim goes away as soon as the first chorus hits. Bliss.

Despite being known more for their rock tracks (“The Drowners”, “Animal Nitrate”) or their pop tracks (“Trash”, “Beautiful Ones”), it’s the slower tracks that make it for me. Take “Still Life” – this is a stripped down version (vs Dog Man Star‘s triumphant orchestral version) and it’s still stunning.

Here is the piano based stunner “The Next Life” off of their first record

I love James, but they are going up against Pulp.

If you haven’t witnessed James live, you are missing out.

Manic Street Preachers
WHAT THE HELL IS THIS? I have never seen this before. JDB singing a Beautiful South song???

Here is “Motorcycle Emptiness.” I like this video because I caught on to Manics in the late ’90s and had no idea JDB looked like this in another lifetime.

I normally hate Jimmy Fallon but this shit is too wholesome

Saint Etienne
This song is so good.

The Verve
It saddens me that “Bittersweet Symphony” got all the hype off that album. This is the heart.

Supergrass on Ali G:

One of my favourite shows from last year. Remember when we went to shows? Here’s Stereolab on Jools:

I can’t imagine randomly getting tickets to go see Conan and then fuckin’ Radiohead drops “Fake Plastic Trees” on you.

Late Shows were a treasure for discovering new music. Too bad they’re not that important anymore.

Super Furry Animals
This might be my favorite SFA song.

Still good even to this day.

The Charlatans
Part of me feels like they should win due to Tim Burgess doing the #TimsTwitterListeningParty thing. Also, they are still going strong. Longevity has to count for something, right?


I often forget about this Christmas single, but it’s quite good.

Song Of The Day: Gruff Rhys – Pang!

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Gruff Rhys

In the wake of our current Britpop tournament here at the Panic Manual, we figured we might as well make this Britpop week, taking a look at some of the acts that are featured in the tournament or some other projects featuring members of those acts. And maybe even some of the Britpop acts that didn’t make the cut for the tournament. You get the idea.

Today we take a look at Gruff Rhys, frontman of Cardiff-based Super Furry Animals, who has always followed his muse wherever it takes him, no matter how weird or esoteric it might get. This is, after all, the man who once played a concert to an audience of one lone horse in a field in his film Separado!

That muse has taken Rhys to his latest release Pang!, released in September of last year. Check out the video for the title track off that album below.