Welcome back to Britpop Tuesday after a bit of a hiatus. We’re glad to have it back again, especially as it returns is just in time for The Britpop Shuffle. As a refresher, I’ve taken a few Britpop Playlists and put them in a giant Playlist of over 1,000 Songs. The game is to close my eyes and “spin the bottle” (i.e. shuffle the Playlist), and share the first five Britpop Songs that come up.
Ready, Set, Spin – here we go!
Britpop Shuffle Five – March Edition
1. “24 Hour Party People” by Happy Mondays
The Film named after the Song “24 Hour Party People” was released in 2002, and is about Manchester’s popular music community from 1976 to 1992, and specifically about Factory Records. It was written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and directed by Michael Winterbottom.
It begins with the punk rock era of the late 1970’s and moves through the 1980’s into the rave and DJ culture and the “Madchester” scene of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. The main character is Tony Wilson, a news reporter for Granada Television and the head of Factory Records. The narrative largely follows his career, while also covering the careers of the major Factory artists, especially Joy Division and New Order, A Certain Ratio, The Durutti Column and Happy Mondays. (from Wikipedia)
2. “All Around the World” by Oasis
“All Around the World” by Oasis was written by the band’s lead guitarist and principal songwriter Noel Gallagher. It was released in January of 1998. The Track peaked at number one in the UK Singles Chart; it is the longest number one single in UK history.It is also the longest song ever recorded by Oasis.
The single went gold in the UK. This was the last Oasis single to be released on the Creation Records label. The song also reached #15 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. (from Wikipedia)
3. “Click…Off…Gone” by Sleeper
“Click…Off…Gone” is the last Track off of the 1996 Album, The It Girl. It is is the second studio album by Sleeper. The Band is fronted by Louise Wener. They were formed in London and had 8 UK Top 40 Hit Singles and 3 UK Top 10 Albums during the 1990’s.
The band split up in 1998 but reunited in 2017 for some live appearances. (from Wikipedia)
4. “Do You Remember the First Time?” by Pulp
“Do You Remember the First Time?“ is off of Pulp’s 1994 Album His ‘n’ Hers. It was released in March of 1994 as the second Single from the album, charting at #33 in the UK Singles Chart. It was the first Pulp single to reach the UK Top 40.
The song’s lyrics are not necessarily about first sexual encounters, but rather a plea from the singer for his lover not to return to her partner, no matter how much it “makes good sense” for her and her straight-laced partner to be together. In the end, the singer resigns himself to losing his lover, if only for the night, as long as she “saves a piece” of her heart for him. (from Wikipedia)
This is the second time “Do You Remember the First Time?” has hit the Britpop Shuffle.
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.
5. “Sit Down” by James
“Sit Down” was released in 1989 by Rough Trade Records. In its 7 1/2 minute original form, the Song only reached #77 on the UK Singles Chart, although it did make #8 on John Peel’s Festive Fifty of that Year.
The Song’s Lyrics were written in the Autumn of 1988 in homage to Author Doris Lessing and Singer Patti Smith, who have both inspired James’ Singer, Tim Booth.
After experiencing success as part of the “Madchester” Music Scene, a new version was released in March 1991 that was shorter and with new Lyrics. It reached number 2 in the Singles Chart, spending three weeks there. It was the 20th best-selling Single of 1991 in the UK, one of the highest selling singles of the year not to reach #1. (from Wikipedia)
I love James, especially their 1993 Album Laid, which has very personal meaning to me. “Sit Down” reminds me of living in Chicago, and the Music and Mixes I made back then.
Stay tuned for next Week’s return to the Song and Artist spotlight for Britpop Tuesday, and stay tuned for the end of April, when I will feature the next Britpop Shuffle Five.