Jun 13

Friday Poll Special – The Great Britpop Sorting Hat!

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We are now firmly into the BRITPOP YEARS on Popular, oh yes, so it’s time to consider its musical legacy in the only language we truly understand, viz. a ticky-box poll.

We have selected 32 bands who someone, somewhere, might possibly have once described as Britpop. Tick all the ones you like and by science we will be able to finally, once and for all, define terms like “Britpop D-List” and “second divison Britpop”. Isn’t that a noble endeavour? I thought so.

Which of these Britpop bands were Any Good At All?

  • Pulp 70%
  • Blur 64%
  • Kenickie 53%
  • Suede 52%
  • Supergrass 48%
  • Elastica 47%
  • Super Furry Animals 44%
  • Ash 43%
  • The Divine Comedy 39%
  • Oasis 35%
  • Boo Radleys 30%
  • Lush 30%
  • Bluetones 28%
  • Catatonia 25%
  • Mansun 24%
  • Sleeper 24%
  • Black Grape 23%
  • Lightning Seeds 21%
  • Gene 21%
  • Longpigs 19%
  • Echobelly 18%
  • Shed Seven 16%
  • Space 14%
  • Ocean Colour Scene 14%
  • WELLER 14%
  • Kula Shaker 13%
  • Cast 11%
  • Menswear 11%
  • My Life Story 11%
  • Marion 8%
  • Seahorses 8%
  • Northern Uproar 3%

Total Voters: 1,496

Poll closes: No Expiry

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  1. 201
    Ed on 7 Aug 2013 #

    @200 – Now that is impressive. Hard to imagine a sharper hipster move in 2013 than being a massive Northern Uproar fan.

  2. 202
    Patrick Mexico on 12 Aug 2013 #

    I just listened to Monday Morning by the Candyskins on Spotify. It’s quite possibly the worst song ever recorded.

  3. 203
    swanstep on 13 Aug 2013 #

    @202, Patrick. MM’s not *that* bad! A little dull, yes, but worse than even the worst thing in just the current charts? I don’t think so. That said, I’ve always slightly resented The Candyskins their ordinariness, since I’ve always assumed they took their name from this classic from The Fire Engines (who were essential listening if you were of a certain age).

  4. 204
    Cumbrian on 13 Aug 2013 #

    Goodbye to Jon Brookes – drummer for The Charlatans. Long term battle with a brain tumour apparently.

    Not Britpop according to this thread (and probably were Madchester/baggy holdovers), but mentioned in this thread, so I’ll file it here.

  5. 205
    Patrick Mexico on 13 Aug 2013 #

    Re 203: Well, do not underestimate the power of postwhoring! (And girls with plaits and very strange heads.)

    Hardly the most original thing I’ll ever post, but the Best Song Ever is a strong contender for the worst song ever.

  6. 206
    Patrick Mexico on 13 Aug 2013 #

    Re 204 – on a serious note: yes, terrible news. And to think only a few days back, on this very page, I was celebrating the fact he was talismanic in one of my favourite pieces of music. RIP.

  7. 207

    […] pop culture website, Freaky Trigger, published a poll about Britpop bands yesterday, which got me thinking about the genre and its cover […]

  8. 208
    Alan not logged in on 10 Apr 2014 #

    For more of your Britpop polling requirements there’s 6music http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01tmt65

    Do you think we should adopt a polling “code of conduct” or T&C? (No, we should not – or we’ll end up with members of Kenickie NOT tweeting links)

  9. 209
    Tom on 10 Apr 2014 #

    I am a member of the Market Research Society so our polls are naturally guaranteed to operate to the highest professional standards.

  10. 210
    weej on 26 Oct 2015 #

    A couple of years later, here’s the now legendary Britpop Nuggets; 3 CDs, 10,000 words and an October of creative procrastination when I really should have been looking for a new job (anyone have any Director of Studies or EAP Tutor vacancies in Europe?)

    Britpop Nuggets Part One: Some People are Born to Dance

    Britpop Nuggets Part Two or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Tolerate Northern Uproar

    Britpop Nuggets Part Three: Long Live The UK Music Scene

  11. 211
    Adam Puke on 27 Oct 2015 #

    Good collection. I was expecting vol 3 to be chuck-yourself-off-a-bridge material accompanied by dour, er, ‘sleevenotes’ but the positive turn you took with Earl Brutus, Helen Love and David Devant was a pleasant surprise. Arguably a splash of Romo and maybe even something from Bis or Urusei Yatsura could’ve been included as part of this forward-looking aspect but that’d feck up the ‘cursed Scots’ line ;-)

    Which I’d largely agree with. The Gyres might as well have come from Bolton, Whiteout were Bandwagonesque-jumpers a couple of years too late while Octopus’ (subconscious?) attempt at the ultimate mockney Loaded gesture in recruiting the son of a Great Train Robber looks seriously desperate in this context. Still have some fondness for the latter two, mind.

  12. 212
    weej on 27 Oct 2015 #

    Yes, I diverted from the main thrust at the end to move into commentary (which also gave it a nice symmetry with Denim & Auteurs) but basically wanted to avoid the Glasgow scene entirely as it was conspicuously *a different thing* and also possibly my favourite scene of all time and deserving of its own separate, probably superior compilation, which I might get around to in another couple of years.

  13. 213
    Tommy Mack on 28 Oct 2015 #

    Cracking piece of writing, Weej. Made me quite nostalgic. Will throw a few thoughts up about specific bands here shortly. I also read the linked interview with Jamie Harding. Christ, drugs are not good for you.

  14. 214
    Tommy Mack on 29 Oct 2015 #

    So, the question on all of our minds, do we think Skinny White Thing by Shampoo is about Brett Anderson?


  15. 215
    swanstep on 2 Nov 2015 #

    @210, weej. Thanks so much for your Britpop Nuggets cds. I’m really enjoying them. At least 70% of the tracks are new to me, underlining that if you were in the US at the time (and say following a mixture of MTV and college radio) you only heard the top-tier of Britpop (whereas, e.g., you ended up completely familiar with 4th or 5th tier grunge and industrial acts).

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