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There's a group on Facebook called Shit Britpop - We Salute You! It's got a list of British indie bands of the '90s, and it's unleashed a storm of memories on me.

The blurb says:
Picture the scene: mid to late 90s, you're wearing Adidas shell toes, black corduroy trousers and a tight vintage Adidas t-shirt.
You hang out in Camden and buy limited edition 7" vinyl like your life depends upon it.
You read NME, Melody Maker, Select and you either write a fanzine or pretend you do (who's to know?!)

You know all the bands on the Camden scene, you drink in the Good Mixer, The Spread Eagle, The Laurel Tree and The Dublin Castle.

You behave as though this is the most culturally important music scene London has ever seen.

You Love Shit Britpop!

And So Do We!

Which would totally have been me, except I lived in Glasgow. The first time I went to London and saw pubs like The World's End and The Good Mixer, I was idiotically excited. But I read all the magazines, and frequented the upstairs of the James Thin's on Byres Road (staffed by Stephen Pastel; now sadly a Starbucks) to acquire the limited edition 7" vinyl, often in bright colours, or bizarre shapes, or double-tracked.

So, a music meme of dubious interest to anyone not British, around the same age as me, and into indie.

Bold if you own a CD (or vinyl!), italicise if you've seen them live.

3 Colours Red
60Ft Dolls
Acacia
Arnold
Ash (original line up)
Astrid I have limited edition home-made 7"s by Astrid...somewhere...
Babybird
Ballroom
Bawl
Baxendale
Beaker
Bellatrix
Belvedere Kane
Belle & Sebastian
Bennett
Bivouac
BIS
Blessed Ethel
Bluetones
Boutique
Broadcast
Campag Velocet
Candyskins
Cast
Catatonia
Catch

China Drum
Comet Gain
Compulsion
Cornershop
Credit to the Nation
Curve
David Devant & His Spirit Wife
Dawn of the Replicants
Delgados

Delta
Denim
Dexdexter
Disco Pistol
Dodgy
Done Lying Down
Drugstore
Dubstar
Dweeb
Earl Brutus
Echobelly
Elastica

Elcka
Electrasy
Elephant
Embassy
Eska
Ether I have their album! (Yes, they had an album.)
Flinch
Fluffy
Freeboy
Garageland
Gay Dad
Gene
Geneva

Gomez
Goya Dress
Grasshow
Gretschen Hofner
Grosvenor
Heavy Stereo
Heck!
Hefner
Helen Love
Yay, Helen Love!
Hilman Minx
Hollywood
Hopper
Jack
JJ72s
Jocasta
Jonathan FireEater
Kenickie
Kitchens Of Distinction
Kula Shaker
Lick
Linoleum
Llama Farmers
Lo Fidelity Allstars
Longpigs
Lush
Magoo
Mansun
Mantaray
Marion
Me Me Me
Menswe@r
Midget

Minty
Montrose Avenue
My Life Story
Nancy Boy
Northern Uproar
Octopus
Orlando

Perfume
Period Pains
Pimlico
Pin Ups
Plastic Fantastic
Pooh Sticks
Posh
Powder
Pullover
Puressence
Quickspace Supersport
Rachel Stamp
Relish
Republica
Reverend Horton Heat
Revolver
Rialto I wish I'd seen them live. I don't think they ever toured, or at least came to Scotland.
Rosita
Ruth
Salad
Scarfo
Shampoo
Shed Seven
Shriek
Silver Sun
Skunk Anansie
Sleeper

Smaller
SMASH
Snuff
Space
Spacehog
Spearmint
Speedy
Spitfire
Stereolab
Strangelove
Subcircus
Suede
Super Furry Animals (Seen them about a dozen times)
Supernaturals (Er, ditto)
Superstar
Symposium
Tampasm
Ten Benson
Terris
theaudience
The Bigger The God
The Boo Radleys
The Dandys
The Divine Comedy (Seen them about a billion times, heh)
The Flaming Stars
The Flying Medallions
The Frank and Walters
The Mike Flowers Pop
The Nubiles
The Pecadiloes
The Seahorses
These Animal Men
The Weekenders
The Unbelievable Truth
Thurman
Tiger
Tiny Monroe
Tribute to Nothing
Ultrasound
Urusei Yatsura
Voodoo Queens
Warm Jets
Whipping Boy
Whiteout
Wildhearts
Wireless
Young Offenders
Younger Younger 28s

Ah, happy days. For the last week or so, I have been mostly playing Scrabble. I've downloaded the game so I can play it at home when you lot aren't Scrabulousing fast enough. I can beat the computer at veteran level, and yet on Facebook I'm being gubbed mercilessly. Obviously you're just too good. I did manage to get "vortex" on a triple word score with the X on a double letter yesterday, which impressed me. And I'm getting better at seven-letter words, too.

I was wondering the other night if Scrabble was a class thing. The boards on Facebook don't label the special squares, just colour them in, but I know without thinking what they are, because I've been playing Scrabble just about since I was old enough to write. I don't know if this is due to being inarguably middle class, or just my parents, but we were playing Trivial Pursuit (Genus Edition, none of this kids' edition bollocks) and Monopoly at 7 or 8 too.

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matgb
Sep. 8th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
The boards on Facebook don't label the special squares, just colour them in

Right click/numbered board

or preferences/always show numbered board

But yeah, I know what they mean, even though I didn't play it that often.

As for the meme? Might do it tomorrow, but how is Credit to the Nation on that list and Chumbawamba not? Given that they launched MAtty's career and one of the best tracks from either is Enough is Enough. Ah, I dunno *mutters off into town grumbling*
pickwick
Sep. 8th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
Did Chumbawamba not start in the 80s, maybe? I assume that's why Half Man Half Biscuit aren't on it, among others...

Yeah, I figured there was a way you could see them, but I've never needed to.
londonkds
Sep. 8th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
Chumbawumba are too political to be Britpop.
san_valentine
Sep. 8th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
We never had a set of Scrabble at home, other than my set of 'Scrabble for Juniors', which I largely ignored. We had plenty of other games though, including Monopoly - the same set I have now. I mostly played with friends, rather than parents and my much older brother, though I do remember beating Chris and Mum and Monopoly when I was about 8. I think I beat Chris at chess too.
pickwick
Sep. 8th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
I had something called Scrabble Rebus, where you had to build phrases from little icony things. It actually sounds harder than Scrabble, now I think about it.

I used to fall out with my brother about Monopoly. Mind you, I used to fall out with him about a lot of things... I'm playing him at Scrabulous now, hopefully we're both better losers than we used to be!
san_valentine
Sep. 8th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine once gave a neck massage to a member of Chumbawamba at an anarchist-y party in Leeds.
pickwick
Sep. 8th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
Claim to fame!
sloopjonb
Sep. 8th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
I am entirely of the wrong generation, but I have albums by Catatonia and Gomez, and some odd tracks by some of the others. I once seriously impressed a young guy I worked with, who was a DJ and played all of that stuff, by knowing an Eels song.
pickwick
Sep. 8th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I liked Eels too. I wonder if they should be on the list. No, wait, they're American. But I loved Novocaine For the Soul.
dave_t_lurker
Sep. 8th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
Electroshock blues is probably one of the most under-rated albums of the 90s. Wonderful stuff.

Lots of band names on that list that I had forgotten.
momentsmusicaux
Sep. 8th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
Bloody hell. I live in Camden in the mid to late 90s. I certainly went to the Dublin Castle sometimes, though I preferred the World's End. Yet somehow all that passed me by.
pickwick
Sep. 8th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
Impressive! Both NME and Melody Maker were a bit obsessed by Camden. They were always on about running into so-and-so from Sleeper at the pub quiz, and things.
alchemywow
Sep. 8th, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
This has made me laugh riotously! I am firmly convinced that I am probably one of only 200 people in the world to own the Perfume album :D And Ballroom! Jesus, my first ever fanzine interview was with them! Ah, this meme has bought back good memories alright!
pickwick
Sep. 9th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
I read it at work and kept giggling at it and messaging people going "Oh my god! Gretschen Hofner!" and things.
blue_condition
Sep. 8th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
3 Colours Red
60Ft Dolls
Acacia
Arnold
Ash (original line up)
Astrid
Babybird - or at least I did and flogged it
Ballroom
Bawl
Baxendale - was there ever a band called that? Named after the gorgeous Helen?
Beaker
Bellatrix
Belvedere Kane
Belle & Sebastian
Bennett
Bivouac
BIS
Blessed Ethel
Bluetones
Boutique
Broadcast
Campag Velocet
Candyskins
Cast - saw them before they even had a record deal, supporting Elvis Costello.
Catatonia
Catch
China Drum
Comet Gain
Compulsion
Cornershop
Credit to the Nation
Curve - superb on record, one of the most awful live acts I've ever seen
David Devant & His Spirit Wife - well, on a compilation album anyway
Dawn of the Replicants
Delgados
Delta
Denim
Dexdexter
Disco Pistol
Dodgy - rubbish.
Done Lying Down
Drugstore
Dubstar
Dweeb
Earl Brutus
Echobelly
Elastica
Elcka
Electrasy
Elephant
Embassy
Eska
Ether
Flinch
Fluffy
Freeboy
Garageland
Gay Dad
Gene
Geneva
Gomez
Goya Dress - Astrid's previous incarnation!
Grasshow
Gretschen Hofner
Grosvenor
Heavy Stereo
Heck!
Hefner
Helen Love
Hilman Minx
Hollywood
Hopper
Jack
JJ72s
Jocasta
Jonathan FireEater
Kenickie
Kitchens Of Distinction
Kula Shaker
Lick
Linoleum
Llama Farmers
Lo Fidelity Allstars
Longpigs
Lush - ok, I was obsessed with Miki Berenyi
Magoo
Mansun
Mantaray
Marion
Me Me Me
Menswe@r
Midget
Minty
Montrose Avenue
My Life Story
Nancy Boy
Northern Uproar
Octopus
Orlando
Perfume
Period Pains
Pimlico
Pin Ups
Plastic Fantastic
Pooh Sticks
Posh
Powder
Pullover
Puressence
Quickspace Supersport
Rachel Stamp
Relish
Republica
Reverend Horton Heat
Revolver
Rialto
Rosita
Ruth
Salad
Scarfo
Shampoo
Shed Seven Living in the same town as Rik Witter you can't avoid them. Odious little men.
Shriek
Silver Sun
Skunk Anansie
Sleeper - crap!
Smaller
SMASH
Snuff
Space
Spacehog
Spearmint
Speedy
Spitfire
Stereolab
Strangelove
Subcircus
Suede
Super Furry Animals
Supernaturals
Superstar
Symposium
Tampasm
Ten Benson
Terris
theaudience
The Bigger The God
The Boo Radleys
The Dandys
The Divine Comedy
The Flaming Stars
The Flying Medallions
The Frank and Walters
The Mike Flowers Pop
The Nubiles
The Pecadiloes
The Seahorses
These Animal Men
The Weekenders
The Unbelievable Truth
Thurman
Tiger
Tiny Monroe
Tribute to Nothing
Ultrasound
Urusei Yatsura
Voodoo Queens
Warm Jets
Whipping Boy
Whiteout
Wildhearts
Wireless
Young Offenders
Younger Younger 28s


I have a decade on you, but if you'd added "crap 80s Indie" then I could've filled a list with the Primitives, the Darling Buds, the Heart Throbs, the Flatmates, the Wedding Present, AC Temple... ;)
blue_condition
Sep. 8th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
...oh and a lot of shoegazey stuff of the early nineties too. Of which most is awful and unlistenable apart from The Cranes and Slowdive. I once fell asleep in a Ride gig.

pickwick
Sep. 9th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
Heh, yeah, there's a lot of good '80s stuff too.

I think I fancied Miki from Lush, and I'm straight...
blue_condition
Sep. 8th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
You really should know thecesspit. Sounds like his record collection ;)
san_valentine
Sep. 8th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
Rather than reproduce the entire list, much easier just to say that I have a cd by the Super Furry Animals, and that I've seen Mike Flowers Pops in concert. They were supporting Gary Glitter, one Xmas, and were a really tight act.
spiderpixie
Sep. 11th, 2007 07:57 am (UTC)
I have just bought Scrabble!! cos like I'm a parent now and must inflict it on Violet as soon as possible :D And of course that means I need at least 7 years practice judging by how bad I was at it at The Beacon.... I may give this Scrabulous thingy a go, if the little chick can be convinced to stay asleep for long enough for me to play. Well impressed with "vortex" cracking word.

We also got Trivial Pursuit, mucho yayness!! All I need now is a scalextrix (sp?), Monopoly and the old version of The Game Of Life and I can truly relive my childhood through my daughter. Wicked. (Eep! daughter, still sounds scary and she's like 11 weeks old nearly)

How you doin anyway?! All's well I hope!
pickwick
Sep. 12th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
The scrabulous, as you'll have seen now, is cool because it's just a turn-based thing - you don't have to be online long enough for a whole game, just one move!

Hasn't quite sunk in for me that you've got a daughter, either :D Game of Life, though, yay!
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