Britpop: What’s the story, Morning Glory?

… time for some Coffee and Tv. Yes, a nod to the bands Oasis and Blur, though I was more of a Blur fan during the heady days of Britpop in the mid 1990s.

Britpop – The Back Story

Starting out in 1988, I was first introduced to Blur through a friend at school, with a copy of their first album Leisure in late 1991, and learning that “There’s No Other Way”.

Leisure

Whilst I fondly remember this album and some of the songs on their, the band themselves, and music journalists too, are less generous. (Dusting ’em off retrospective link)

Leisure, a music album by the UK band Blur

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Leisure is the debut studio album by the English rock band Blur, released in August 1991 by record label Food. Wikipedia
Release date26 August 1991
GenresBritpop, Alternative rock, Indie rock, Shoegazing, Madchester

Popscene

Next, in 1992 the band released the single Popscene, to coincide with the start of a 2 month US tour.
As a result of the single’s lacklustre performance, plans to release a single named “Never Clever” were scrapped and work on Blur’s second album was pushed back
However more was to come with their second album “Modern Life Is Rubbish” released in 1993.

Modern Life Is Rubbish

In contrast to Leisure, Blur undertook an ideological and image shift intended to celebrate their English heritage but this was met with limited success in the US, failing to break into the Billboard 200.

Moving on to become the Blur we now know

Parklife

This is more like the sound of Blur you may be more familiar with.

Shortly after came the biggest album to date: Parklife in 1994.The first single “Girls & Boys“, found favour on BBC Radio 1 and peaked at number 5 on the UK Singles Chart, followed by it’s title single Parklife featuring Quadrophenia lead star Phil Daniels

Parklife is regarded as one of Britpop’s defining records.[30][31] Blur won four awards at the 1995 Brit Awards, including Best Band and Best Album for Parklife.[32]  Subsequently Coxon later pointed to Parklife as the moment when “[Blur] went from being regarded as an alternative, left field arty band to this amazing new pop sensation”.[33]

The Great Escape

Likewise commercial success continued with the follow up album in 1995, The Great Escape which truly launched the battle of Britpop setting up the rivalry between Blur and Oasis.

The Battle of Britpop! Blur v Oasis

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