Don’t Look Back in Anger: The Story of Britpop – Part 1: Britain Strikes Back

jarvis cocker supermarketThis BBC documentary recalls an era when, for the first time in the UK since punk, music became the focus point of the mainstream media, homegrown bands were incredibly successful and some of the best albums of the 90’s were produced. This is the story of Britpop. Part 2: Cool BritanniaPart 3: Oasis vs BlurPart 4: The Party’s Over, The Selected Playlist.

In the early 90’s, grunge took over the world. But after Kurt Cobain’s death, the US-dominated music landscape quickly became boring and was to be shaken by a new breed of British bands. Bands who were reexploring the history of british pop, who were proud of their cultural heritage and whose lyrics the British youth could really relate to. The media quickly took interest and soon the likes of Suede, Pulp, Oasis, Blur and many others were all over the music press, the radios and their rock and roll adventures all over the tabloids. And, breaking from the British indie tradition, these bands weren’t scared to be big…

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Don’t Look Back in Anger: The Story of Britpop – Part 1

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Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches: The Story of Madchester – Part 4: The Comedown

This is the fourth and last part of Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches, a BBC documentary about the Madchester era. Listen to the previous parts here: Part 1: From Punk to Dance Music, Part 2: Large Trousers and Little Pills, Part 3: The Rise of the Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays.

happymondayspoolAs it offen happens when chemicals are involved, at some point the drugs stopped working. In a few years, Madchester had become a mockery of itself. The Hacienda was plagued by drug-related violence and criminality, the bands were repeatedly pointed at for their excessive laddishness and their follow up albums were often very disappointing. To finish it all off, a new phenomenon from America was quickly becoming the new love of the British music press: Grunge.
Still, Madchester had planted seeds that would flourish a few years later with Britpop.

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Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches – Part 4

The Road to Nirvana: The Roots of the Grunge Scene – The Selected Playlist

spotify-logo-6f9f4If you enjoyed The Road to Nirvana, here’s the traditional selected playlist of the best tracks featured in the series. You can check it out on Spotify.

For those who missed it, you can still stream or download the whole series here:
Part 1: The Birth of College Rock
Part 2: The Rise of Seattle
Part 3: The Explosion of Grunge
Part 4: What Happened Next

The Road to Nirvana: The Roots of the Grunge Scene – Part 4: What Happened Next

This is the fourth and final part of The Road to Nirvana, a BBC 6 documentary series about the roots of Nirvana and the grunge scene. Listen to the previous parts here: Part 1: The Birth of College Rock, Part 2: The Rise of Seattle, Part 3: The Explosion Of Grunge.

cobain_bigWith Nevermind’s huge commercial success, Nirvana had shattered the glass ceiling: it was finally possible for alternative bands to be successful and make a living out of their music. Without it, most of us would have never heard of bands like The White Stripes or The Foo Fighters.

But after Kurt Cobain’s death, grunge fans could only sit and watch in horror at what “alternative” american music was becoming. Greedy and impatient record labels were pushing unimaginative bands to replicate Nirvana’s success. Even metal hair bands – grunge’s nemesis – were dropping glitter for flanel shirts in order to join the bandwagon. Nickelback, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park… Were they all Nirvana’s fault?

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The Road to Nirvana – Part 4

The Road to Nirvana: The Roots of the Grunge Scene – Part 3: The Explosion Of Grunge

This is the third part of The Road to Nirvana, a BBC 6 documentary series about the roots of Nirvana and the grunge scene. Listen to the previous parts here: Part 1: The Birth of College Rock, Part 2: The Rise of Seattle.

nirvanarollingstoneAs the drugged up Seattle grunge scene was growing bigger, it started to gather interest on a national level. Gigs were now attracting clean and normal kids who were turning their backs on heavy metal, the press was becoming hysterical and record labels were fighting to find out who was going to be the next big thing: Soundgarden? Mudhoney? Alice in Chains?

The answer became obvious at the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind and their Generation X anthem Smells Like Teen Spirit. They became the first ever alternative american band to become massively successful, quickly becoming triple platinium and even beating Mickael Jackson in the charts.

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The Road to Nirvana – Part 3