For this Week’s Britpop Tuesday I thought we’d try something a little different. I’ve taken a few Britpop Playlists and put them into one big Playlist, and I’m going to close my eyes and “spin the bottle” (or really, shuffle the Playlist), and share the first five Songs that come up. I’ll include a little bit about each Song, too. The Britpop Shuffle will happen every third Tuesday of the Month, giving us a bit of Random to our week. I think this is going to be fun!
Britpop Shuffle Five
1. “Do You Remember?” by Pulp
One of the Musical examples I use when describing the songwriting of Jarvis Cocker is this Song. If you take in all of it, all the words and his vocal tone, the sarcasm, the wit, the vulnerability, the honesty, all of it, well it paints a picture that is so clear it feels like I know, and can see, all the characters. Listen to it. Maybe more than once. I think you’ll see what I mean.
2. “Out of the Sinking” by Paul Weller
Off of the 1995 Solo Album, Stanley Road, “Out of the Sinking” definitely has some Britpop sensibilities to it. Though the “Modfather” is not known for a Britpop Sound overall, Weller was definitely influenced by the Sound, and played with it, as he seems to do with various Musical genres. This one is my favorite from the Stanley Road Album.
This one will always remind of “Gilmore Girls”, and the iconic first scene in the pilot episode.
Damon Albarn has been quoted as saying that the Song is about heroin, and the experiences he shared with his girlfriend at the time, Justine Frischmann, of Elastica fame. Justine and Damon have had a history of songs about each other and their tumultuous relationship. I listen to the Song and I can hear it from both angles, heroin, and relationships.
5. “Tattva” by Kula Shaker
The chorus of the song is “Tattva, acintya bheda abheda Tattva”. In Hindu philosophy “Tattva” is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘thatness’, ‘principle’, ‘essence’, ‘reality’ or ‘truth’. Does the guitar in this sound familiar? It might, as the guitar riff at the beginning of the song are similar to the four-note riff from Pink Floyd’s “Shine On, You Crazy Diamond”.
Stay tuned for next Week’s return to the Song and Artist spotlight for Britpop Tuesday, and stay tuned for the third week of February, when I will feature the next Britpop Shuffle Five.