“This Is How It Feels” :: Inspiral Carpets :: Best Britpop Music Tuesday
Inspiral Carpets is next up for this Week’s Best Britpop Music Tuesday’s Best Britpop Song Choice. “This Is How It Feels” was Inspiral Carpets’ Biggest Hits, and is definitely a significant part of the Biggest Britpop Hits of All-Time List. The Song was an Enormous Smash off their 1990 Album Life. It had Heavy Radio Airplay that Year, and has continued to be the Band’s Quintessential Song, the one most thought of when the Britpop Band Inspiral Carpets is discussed. This is Early 90’s Britpop. Inspiral Carpets definitely wears the crown of Early Bripop Royalty.
So, have a seat, adjust your speakers, or throw on a pair of headphones, turn that Volume Up, and let’s have a listen, and learn a bit, about one of the Best Britpop Bands and Songs with this week’s feature on Inspiral Carpet’s Song, “This Is How It Feels”.
“THIS IS HOW IT FEELS”
“This is how it feels to be lonely,
this is how it feels to be small.
This is how it feels when your words means nothing at all.”
“This Is How It Feels” was released by Inspiral Carpets in 1990 as a Single from their Album, Life. It was written by Clint Boon. The Song was their first Single to enter the UK Top 40, where it peaked at # 14. The Song peaked at # 149 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart, as well.
The Music Video was inspired by the Imagery of the British Art Duo Gilbert and George, making use of their signature “stained glass” and grid Style and their standard Iconography.
The Single Mix, also known as the Radio Mix, was Remixed by Flood. It features a different 2nd Verse with more oblique Lyrics, thus deeming them more “Radio-Friendly”).
For example, the Lyric “seems they found him under a train” was replaced by “left a note for a local girl.”
“This Is How It Feels” (Radio Mix; Remix by Flood)
Inspiral Carpets were formed in 1983, in Oldham, Greater Manchester. The Band’s most successful lineup featured Front Man Tom Hingley, Drummer Craig Gill, Guitarist Graham Lambert, Bassist Martyn Walsh, and Keyboardist Clint Bloom.
Keyboardist, Clint Bloom, wrote “This Is How It Feels”.
The Band was formed by Guitarist Graham Lambert and Singer Stephen Holt, the latter of which departed the Band prior to the Band being signed to Mute Records. The Band’s Sound was characterized by the use of Organ Playing and Distorted Guitars.
The Band both preceded and was a part of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s “Madchester” movement, and are a significant part of the Britpop Music Genre, coming to prominence, alongside bands like The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays.
In 2011, Tom Hingley, who was a part all of the Band’s Studio Albums during their original run, departed the Band. Hingley and Boon gave conflicting accounts of his departure, with Hingley stating that he had been sacked, and Boon stating that Hingley had chosen to go.
The Band continued, reuniting with Stephen Holt who sang on the Band’s early Material. On November 22, 2016, the Band announced that Drummer Craig Gill had died.
In the late 80’s Noel Gallagher, of Oasis and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, worked for Inspiral Carpets as a Roadie and Technician.
“This Is How It Feels” (Live on Top of the Pops, March, 1990)
THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR ANOTHER BEST OF BRITPOP MUSIC TUESDAY FEATURING INSPIRAL CARPET’S QUINTESSENTIAL “MADCHESTER” HIT “THIS IS HOW IT FEELS”, A DEFINITE BEST OF BRITPOP SONG FROM THEIR 1990 ALBUM, LIFE.