03 Jun Britpop
This week Kyle and Matthew talk about the ’90s cultural force that swept the UK: Britpop! In their journey, they are joined by Meltdown’s resident British person Jake Robinson and the lovely Ben Morse to discuss what constitutes a proper Britpop song. Jake explains his two camps of Britpop: “Swaggery” bands and “Cheeky Fun” bands. They have a nice retrospective on the Blur/Oasis war. They also break down the less talked about Verve vs. Verve Pipe war that was waged here in the United States. They talk about the origins of Britpop, the subgenres and offshoots. Kyle and Jake recommend the BBC documentary “Seven Ages of Rock” as an excellent primer for rock music from an English perspective. They also debate who does a better version of the song “Common People”: Pulp or William Shatner. The gang also chats about the lasting effects of Britpop on both sides of the pond and Natalie learns the horrible truth about Engelbert Humperdinck. Cause maybe, this is gonna be the podcast that saves me. And after all, you’re my Rader-wall. If you’re in the L.A. area, come to our special Earth Day edition of Retro Rad April 22nd at 9pm at the NerdMelt Showroom!
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Raddendums: Stone Roses, Oasis, Second Coming, Manchester, dance-rock, Happy Mondays, Soup Dragons, Worzel Gummidge, Take That, Seven Ages of Rock, Arctic Monkeys, NME, Radiohead, Blur & Parklife, Pulp, The Verve, Definitely Maybe, Travis, Embrace, Suede, Jarvis Cocker, Separations, Definitive Class, Supergrass, Teenage Fanclub & Bandwagonesque, Primal Scream, Aphex Twin, Block Party, Echobelly & “Great Things,” Engelbert Humperdinck, Trigger Happy TV, The Killers, Damien Hirst, Stuart Lee, Placebo, Robbie Williams