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On Britpop, by Sam Murray

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Editor’s note: This article was written as a response to Episode 103: Britpop. He is a former guest of the podcast (see: Episode 92: When in Portland), and is a resident of Leeds.

By Sam Murray

Britpop is often centred on the indie guitar music of the nineties and to whom it applied we don’t ever know because it was everyone and anyone. Britpop is not so much a genre as an assessment of a political and social changed in the nineteen nineties. We do have clear musical sign posts to this in the music of Oasis, Blue, Pulp, Suede and even to a lesser extent The Spice Girls. Britpop was a reactionary music like those genres that had gone before and seized the opportunity to claim new ground and new notions of British Identity in a way stifled under the dark reign of Margaret Thatcher.

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Episode 103: Britpop

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Thanks to Michael Mannheimer and Jeremy Petersen for joining us this week! You can listen to this one above, or download it right here.


  • Britpop!
  • What does Britpop look like? What separates a typical British rock band from a britpop band?
  • Is “Britpop” as a genre an actual genre, or just a buzzword?
  • What killed Britpop?


  • Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds – “In the Heat of the Moment”
  • Blur – “Parklife”
  • Bob Dylan – “Beyond Here Lies Nothin'”
  • The Mars Volta – “This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed”

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