This is the third part of Don’t Look Back in Anger, a BBC documentary about the Britpop era. Listen to the previous parts here: Part 1: Britain Strikes Back, Part 2: Cool Britannia, Part 4: The Party’s Over, The Selected Playlist.
The one thing that probably best represents Britop’s excitement and triumphalism is the rivalry between Oasis and Blur. Oasis made straightforward simple rock tunes, Blur focused on more intellectual lyrics depicting vignettes of life. It was the Beatles vs the Kinks. North vs south. Working class vs middle class. But in the end, which was more worth it: winning the commercial battle, or the credibility?
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Don’t Look Back in Anger: The Story of Britpop – Part 3