What is brit pop?
Britpop as an independent phenomenon appeared in the early 90’s and began to spread with great speed in different directions, like a wave. Moreover, some of the groups that gave him birth existed for a long time, and some appeared along with this trend.
In the early 1990s, gloomy grunge dominated America, and anti-star techno and indie rock in Britain. They were anti-star because the compositions were quite long, psychedelic and did not fit on the radio. In addition, British musicians of the early 90s, who grew out of the movement of independent, dark post-punk and Gothic and the Manchester movement, deliberately rejected the stellar image. All were brewed in their own club juice. Gradually, a certain vacuum formed in the ranks of indie groups, which was filled by representatives of Britpop. They dispelled the gloom and brought to life the idea of a rock star and an example of an easily grasped pop song with beautiful couplets and catchy choruses and guitar moves. In short, in many respects they took the music of the 60s of the “British invasion” as a basis and combined it with the volume of punk music of the late 70s, taking also a little bit of “mods”, “new wave” and post-punk.
All Brit-pop groups have the same concept, which consists in the regular release of hit singles and the personal charm of the leader or frontman of the collective. Stylistically, they sometimes differed very much. By time, the very center falls on 1994-1995, when the three main whales of Brit-pop music released two of their albums: OASIS – “Definitely Maybe” and “(What’s The Story?) Morning Glory”, BLUR – “Parklife” and ” Great Escape “, PULP -” His’n’Hers “and” Different Class “.
In general, critics categorize Brit-pop groups in so many ways. In time, there are three waves of Britpop. The first wave is the very beginning of the 90s. The emergence of SUEDE, BLUR, THE AUTEURS, MANIC STREET PREACHERS and others. The second wave – 1993-1994 – OASIS, PULP, GENE, MENSWEAR, etc. And the third – 1995 – to this day – BLUETONES, SUPERGRASS, ASH, TRAVIS, OCEAN COLOR SCENE, etc.
In addition, all groups differ depending on the geographical location of the area from which they come. Everyone knows the phenomenon of Northern England. The so-called “Manchester wave”, which is most responsible for the appearance of Britpop, thoroughly tapped the brains of the youth of the late 80s and early 90s: THE SMITHS, HAPPY MONDAYS, THE STONE ROSES, THE CHARLATANS and, of course, OASIS. The northern accents of the vocalists made the songs especially cool (the only exception was THE SMITHS). The phenomenon of the risen from the ashes of THE VERVE from the city of Wigan confirms the extraordinary talent of the northern guys. There are also groups from York (no, not RADIOHEAD, but SHED 7), from Liverpool (CAST, BOO RADLEYS), from Oxford (RADIOHEAD, SUPERGRASS), from Sheffield (PULP), from Wales (MANIC STREET PREACHERS, SUPER FURRY ANIMALS, CATATONIA, THE STEREOPHONICS), from Scotland (GENEVA, TEENAGE FAN CLUB, TRAVIS), from Northern Ireland (ASH), as well as from London itself (GENE) and almost from London (BLUR).
Let’s look back for a moment in order to trace the main events and trends that influenced the formation of Britpop. The first significant event for current groups after the invention of the electric guitar was American rock and roll, which formed the basis of almost all branches of modern pop music. The “shuffle” guitar technique used by rock and roll artists of the 50s is still easy to trace in OASIS and other British songs. In addition, an approximate standard for a guitar pop song was already in place. The next stage is the appearance in the early 60s of THE BEATLES, which set the standard for this very song, diversifying rock and roll melodies, and the so-called “British invasion” that followed, when in the mid-60s British groups began to rapidly conquer the American market.
Just like in the Britpop of the 90s, these groups were very stylistically different. They were “driving” rockers ROLLING STONES and THE KINKS, and sweet-voiced pop musicians JERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS and HERMAN’S HERMITS. It is at this time, perhaps, that it is worth looking for the roots of Britpop. New British bands tried to revive the same British attitude to music and in many respects the concept of a three-minute hit pop single with a catchy vocal melody in the 90s. In addition, almost all Brit-pop groups love the sound of old-style guitars and often use semi-acoustic Gibson and Epiphon.
In the late 60s, several more groups emerged that were successful in America. They began to be attributed to the second wave of the “British invasion.” Among them were ZOMBIES, THE SMALL FACES and THE WHO. The last two groups, as well as partly THE KINKS, are closely related to the phenomenon, which also greatly influenced British music of the 90s. It was a “mods” movement. Fashion appeared in the mid-60s, and music did not play a major role in their cultural life. Mostly they listened to American rhythm and blues.