Thursday, 15 March 2007
My mate Jon-I-Go-Up-The-Arsenal-With emails me with the answer to his last pop quiz question*, which started me thinking about how bleak the Nineties were, musically. I like a lot of Oasis stuff, and Radiohead made two of the finest LPs of all time in that decade. Pulp were, arguably, the last great British pop group, continuing that glorious strand of glamourous, subversive outsiders that links Bowie, Bolan, Roxy Music and the Smiths. But that's about as far as I go with it.
My preference for the (debatable, I know, but I'm gonna stick my neck out anyway) golden era (1965-1980) is well documented. I'd agree that a case could be made for the 90s having in some ways reversed the seemingly irreversible slump that was the 1980s. The Smiths, two decent Bowie albums and the fact that Prince and Kate Bush were at their creative peak in that decade aside, it was also a pretty grim time. But at least there seemed still to be a connection in the 1980s between popular music and society at large. It was certainly the pivotal decade in the transformation of this country and there's at least a modicum of music that was listened to beyond the confines of the music press that documents and critiques that period of rapid social change (I'm thinking of chart stuff like Bronski Beat and even Heaven 17, whose look was very much a parody - or was it an adoption - of the slick, 80s entrepreneurial style. Those listed above excepted, I can't recall the 90s and its attendant cultural outpourings with as much clarity or fondness. Probably just an age thing, but I was still - if less regularly - an enthusiastic record buyer and cultural consumer, so this isn't *entirely* Blimpish, I don't think...
So, is it just me, or were the 90s *really* shit for music?
L.U.V. on y'all,
Q:."i dont really wanna know how your garden grows"pop quiz opening line to probably the 90s greatest song(taking out achtung baby which was greatest album of 90s.
A: Song is "live forever" by oasis stairway to heaven for 90s.noels dad used to take him to allotment every saturday and lock him in tilltea time.he wrote it in a cupbord at british gas.listen to itnow john it is uptherewith the best.
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