Abandoned Books, Good Wine And Flats: Why I Am Not Old At 40

Alison Powell | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alison Powell

As a tween, before the term was coined, I looked at 40 year olds and they seemed old. They were proper grown-ups. They celebrated wedding anniversaries in double figures. They complained about mortgage rates, also in double figures.

From Blur To Dr Dee: My Fascination With Damon Albarn

Charlie Clissitt | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Charlie Clissitt

On Friday 10th February, it will be exactly twenty years since Blur released their eponymous fifth album - a record that unapologetically tore up the ...

What Did Happen To The Biggest Britpop Bands?

The Huffington Post | Caroline Frost | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Entertainment

A subgenre of pop rock and alternative rock, Britpop was a cultural movement in the 1990s that represented a cocky, patriotic attitude. Creating polit...

Indie Music's Women Problem and Retrospective Sexism

Emma Jackson | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Emma Jackson

As a young woman in a band I was patronised by sound men, literally kicked by roadies who saw us sitting down in a corridor and assumed we were groupies when we were locked out of our dressing room at Brixton Academy. I was laughed at for being ugly in the music press. The NME said they would put our band, Kenickie, (three 18-year-old women and one guy) on the cover if we got naked and painted ourselves gold.

Made In England, Loving France

David Julian Price | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
David Julian Price

Traditionally, American rock bands that couldn't make it big in the United States used to move to England. The idea was that in this smaller country, ...

Here Are The 5 Entertainment Blogs You Need To Read This Week

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel McGrath | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK Entertainment

Here at HuffPost UK Entertainment, we're lucky to have a huge selection of entertainment commentators and personalities blogging on our site. This...

A 21st Anniversary Tribute to Britpop - Why the UK Charts Have Never Had It as Good Since

Kris Griffiths | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Kris Griffiths

Fast-forward two decades and beneath any commemorative fanfare have been many writers and BTL-commenters denouncing the whole Britpop movement as derivative and worthless, as merely 'recycled' 60s music.

David Gedge of The Wedding Present: 'We Were Destined To Be a John Peel Band'

Jason Holmes | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

"People still try and emulate John Peel," says David Gedge, leader of The Wedding Present and one of the last true survivors of the British music scene of the 1980s. "His work as a musicologist put everything into context."

Resentment in Retrospective: Pulp's 'His 'n' Hers', 20 Years On

Robyn Strachan | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Robyn Strachan

Best song? Couldn't say, that would be cheating. Although I will admit, Pink Glove has a certain bite and drive that is irresistible, and who could resist that incendiary, bitchy, gleefully observant chorus?*

Ask Anyone Who Can Remember Britpop Where They First Heard It, and the Answer Is Usually Radio 1

Joe Harland | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Joe Harland

Where did you first come across London Grammar? Perhaps on the radio, though of course you could also have found it on Spotify, or via a shared link on Facebook. Where did you first get an earful of German Whip? It might have been on DAB, but equally it may have been Tumblr, or via Playlister, or on YouTube. However, ask anyone who can remember Britpop where they first heard the anthems of that era, and the answer is usually a great deal simpler: Radio 1.

How a Wedding Picture Ended Up on the Cover of an Iconic Britpop Album...

Chris Hawkins | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Chris Hawkins

I have been asking listeners to share their memories of that time and specifically, when they realised they were part of the 90s movement which became known as Britpop. One listener in particular had the most incredible reason for vivid memories of that time - his wedding day. A day immortalised on the iconic cover of Pulp's album, A Different Class.

Choosing the Soundtrack for My Movie 'Svengali'

Jonny Owen | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jonny Owen

You see, when you make a film that's about rock 'n' roll, then you've set yourself a precedent. It has to be a great soundtrack... The perfect marriage that is pictures and sound working in a way that makes us what we are, human beings. With heightened feelings of love and the appreciation of beauty.

What Kind of Week Has It Been? 17 January 2014

Paddy Duffy | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics
Paddy Duffy

As the old saying goes, "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice whatever the hell they do in France"

Beyond the Paleo

Sarah Blackwood | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Blackwood

I was drawn to this way of eating because grains were the basis of my meals; lunches were a sandwich, quick easy dinner was microwave brown rice and a stir fry and Paleo seemed to be a good way of consciously increasing veg and reducing grains and sugar in my diet.

The View From Here

Sarah Blackwood | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Blackwood

In rehab I realised I was not special... It was there in sober reflection I had the lightbulb moment. It sounds daft now. A simple thing I didn't see, or more likely, as a stubborn Northern Taurean, refused to see. It was choice. 

Forget 2005 - Why 1995 Was One of the Best Years Ever for British Music

Rick Witter | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Rick Witter

I just can't see there being another big scene in music like there was in the 90s. Don't get me wrong, there's still some great music around nowadays as there was in the noughties but there is nothing like the excitement of the 90s.

Get the Balance Right

Sarah Blackwood | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Blackwood

I became a personal trainer after a long journey struggling with low self-esteem and poor body image fuelled a frustration to drink until I blacked out most evenings. The entertainment industry seems to excuse this behaviour; in fact it thrives on the myth of rock n roll excess, the wilder the better.

Love Your Live Music Venue

Jonathan Simpson | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jonathan Simpson

If people don't go to these venues then they will be unsustainable in the long run. If smaller venues go then it will make it almost impossible for budding musicians to get their first gig. What will happen then? Will we be left with a situation where acts have to audition for talent shows to get their break? It's a depressing thought.

'Your Move, Israel And Palestine'

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK Entertainment

Their Britpop rivalry was legendary, but Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn have put their musical differences aside to perform together in aid of a canc...

Caroline Frost

Brett Anderson Admits 'Most Of Britpop Was Crap' | Caroline Frost | Posted 14.03.2013 | UK Entertainment

For every follower of Britpop who took their place on either side of the river when it came to the perceived chart duel waged by Blur and Oasis, there...

Ride - Two Great Albums During a Great Period for Music

William Barns-Graham | Posted 22.10.2012 | UK Entertainment
William Barns-Graham

The early 90s was a booming period for new music and new genres, one that perhaps has not been matched since. Ride certainly had their role to play within this with their two LPs from the period Nowhere and Going Blank Again. Overshadowed and perhaps underrated, recent rereleases and the 2001 best of compilation should hopefully preserve the great music they created during this period. Already regarded as one of the great shoegaze bands, Ride should also be regarded as one of the great bands of the 90s.

How (Not) to Make it in Britpop

Rosie Wilby | Posted 08.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Rosie Wilby

At one point I retired into the bathroom and completely undressed, only to emerge adopting a louche pose in the doorway saying I felt more comfortable that way. I'm pretty certain the NME's Ian Fortnam was still there at this point. Nowadays he works for dusty old Classic Rock so may need to draw on such memories for kicks.

Why I Started the Rock n'Roll Camden Walking Tours

Alison E. Wise | Posted 18.08.2012 | Home
Alison E. Wise

We could feel that Camden was different than anything we knew in California. Southern California was hot and bright, the Santa Anna winds dried out your skin and messed up your hair. I was using SPF 50 and had my hair cut like Justine from Elastica. I didn't fit in to say the least. But when I was in Camden I felt like I finally fit in.

Britpop Legends Blur Are Back To Share Unreleased Tracks

WENN | Posted 19.04.2012 | UK Entertainment

Blur fans are in for a treat - the band is putting out 65 previously unreleased tracks as part of a huge album box set. The group will re-release i...

Phone Hacking Exclusive: Police Investigate If Alan McGee Was Hacked

The Huffington Post UK | Stephen Hull | Posted 06.01.2012 | UK

Alan McGee, the founder of Creation Records, has been told he could have had his phone hacked by News of the World. He was informed in a letter tha...