Worst Of These Mid-Late 90s UK Bands?

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Herman G. Neuname, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 15:43 (6 years ago) Permalink

lol Hurricane #1 were a particular hate of mine cos I was a big Ride fan pre-Britpop.

I fell asleep standing up at a Hurricane #1 gig. according to my mates I was actually snoring!

Grandpont Genie, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 15:43 (6 years ago) Permalink

Her voice sounds like her challops too, which doesn't help.

Very true. I'm shuddering thinking of her.

I am using your worlds, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 15:44 (6 years ago) Permalink

One of the big problems with Sleeper was that this was the kind of malnourished, chicken-in-a-basket breast & thighs, 14-year-old boy with a vagina aesthetic that passed for sexy in the Britpop years.

Dom Passantino, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 15:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

Urgh, please mark thread NSFW

I am using your worlds, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 15:46 (6 years ago) Permalink

Top three acts my sister and I loved to hate come their appearance on The Chart Show: OCS, Weller, Northern Uproar

DJ Mencap, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 15:47 (6 years ago) Permalink

A lot of these bands came around as I was at an entry-level point in listening to music, and did most of that via Radio 1 in the evening, so the only bands on here I can honestly say I NEVER enjoyed AT ALL, not even one song aged 14, are OCS, Stereophonics, Gomez, Kula Shaker, Travis and Supernaturals. I'm lowering the bar here to, let's say "lol blind cobbler's thumbs"

DJ Mencap, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 15:50 (6 years ago) Permalink

The Stereophonics?

Save for their "Dakota" which I still like, and "The bartender" for that crash crash intro and sounding like (it should have been recorded and sung much better by) the Sex Pistols...

... yeah.

Mark G, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 15:51 (6 years ago) Permalink

Now I'm thinking maybe I should've voted for Travis.

chap, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 15:52 (6 years ago) Permalink

Why does everyone talk about the mid nineties all the time?

Free Peace Sweet!, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 15:52 (6 years ago) Permalink

I give Travis a bye cause they dissed Oasis in Writing to Reach You.

ledge, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 15:53 (6 years ago) Permalink

I think I still sort of love "Local Boy in the Photograph" but luckily "Mr Writer" was bad enough to render them permanent war criminals.

Noodle Vague, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 15:53 (6 years ago) Permalink

I hated Sleeper when I had to see them in the music press every week, but I probably wouldn't be too bothered either way by the first few singles now, I thought a couple of them were a'right before I'd read anything about the band. At the time Space and Gomez made me most angry but I think now it's got to be Reef or the Stereophonics. Helps that I don't remember anything Gomez recorded.

There is no Echobelly or Tiny Monroe, for I suppose fairly obvious similar reasons.

(Though NV's post reminds me that maybe OCS deserve it for being the first band to be quite so blatant about removing any hints, however slight they were already, of FUN or LOUD or pretending to sound slightly NEW in favour of total Weller-worshipping drear, thus paving the way for Travis or the Stereophonics to ditch their dirgier rockier beginnings for utter ear-sandpapering ubiquity, or... something)

a passing spacecadet, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 15:54 (6 years ago) Permalink

Why does everyone talk about the mid nineties all the time?

-- Free Peace Sweet!, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 16:52 (4 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

We miss Enrique.

Dom Passantino, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 15:56 (6 years ago) Permalink

Noodle Vague, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 15:57 (6 years ago) Permalink

Someone please do a US equivalent poll.

Herman G. Neuname, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 16:02 (6 years ago) Permalink

Enrique is really into Photek. He's made 1998 last 10 years. This year being the last month of 1998 he's a little concerned about what '99 will bring.

Free Peace Sweet!, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 16:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

I hated Sleeper when I had to see them in the music press every week, but I probably wouldn't be too bothered either way by the first few singles now, I thought a couple of them were a'right before I'd read anything about the band. At the time Space and Gomez made me most angry but I think now it's got to be Reef or the Stereophonics. Helps that I don't remember anything Gomez recorded.

I suppose that a lot of the hate on my part just comes from them and the other bands above being "NME music" and it was the media ubiquity rather than the music itself that was the problem. Now that I don't work in a record store or listen to the radio I never have to hear these bands again, and if I did accidentally hear them it probably wouldn't bother me that much

But at the time they were pure audio evil

I am using your worlds, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 16:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

Her voice sounds like her challops too, which doesn't help.

what does this mean?

braveclub, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 16:05 (6 years ago) Permalink

US equiv is, what, Everclear and bands like that?

DJ Mencap, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 16:05 (6 years ago) Permalink

Pavement

Dom Passantino, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 16:06 (6 years ago) Permalink

ok everyone probably thinks of this as old news and I'm not the Anglophile I used to be, so could someone please explain/point me towards the Nazi outburst from KulaShaker because this is the first time I've heard of it and it explains so much about why ppl loathe them

HI DERE, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 16:06 (6 years ago) Permalink

Yeah and Sublime and a host of other bands that never made it over here
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Herman G. Neuname, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 16:06 (6 years ago) Permalink

Crispian: (in reference to his vegetarian beliefs that killing animals is just as bad as killing humans) The principle is we've got a violent society, we always go on about the virtues of peace but we aren't living a peaceful lifestyle

New Musical Express: It's an obvious comparison, but Hitler was a vegetarian who had no qualms about murdering humans, babies included, by the thousands.

Crispian: Right, but Hitler knew a lot more than he made out. Hitler and his whole gang weren't just a bunch of f___ing psychos, they were also into magic and all that. I mean, talking about ruffling feathers with statements in magazines, I love the swastika. It's a brilliant image, it symbolises peace and the sun and illumination - it's everywhere in India. I'd love to have great big flaming swastikas onstage just for the f__k of it. It's like, that was Hitler, don't let him steal something like that from you. I mean the Nazis studied the Vedas, the Scriptures, the Holy Grail, but they were just using it as a power trip.

New Musical Express: You have a sneaking admiration for Hitler don't you?

Crispian: No...but it's a shame the baddies always get the good uniforms. Ha ha! [3].

Dom Passantino, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 16:07 (6 years ago) Permalink

Truly he was a Bryan Ferry for the 90s.

Neil S, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 16:09 (6 years ago) Permalink

thing about OCS that everyone forgets: they completely changed their sound! They weren't always this plodding, retro band with no feeling to their music. Their first album was quite different and the song "Sway", a single from it, was pretty good! But it didn't sell and so they went and did something a bit more obvious, which worked for them, but was hell for us (or me, at least).

Wener as a personality was awful but I like some Sleeper singles. V much a singles band tho. Could never maintain consistency across an album.

Reef don't belong here. They prolly belong less than 3 Colours Red to be honest. Sure they may be contemporary with these other bands but they have no real connectivity with them otherwise. I think they had no illusions that they were doing anything at all original, they even called themselves Reef coz it was an anagram of their fave band, Free.

Grandpont Genie, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 16:09 (6 years ago) Permalink

As I remember, the "nazi thing" was that a/crispy had been in a band with some dude who was in a far right org and b/some swastika-redeemer type comments from crispy in an ill-advised NME interview + ooh the nazis, they were into their dark okkult/magick blablabla. Also c/lol, the britishes and their funny class system.

oops x-x-x-post

Pashmina, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 16:10 (6 years ago) Permalink

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* Blockhead
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* Clifford Gilberto
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* Daedelus
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* The Herbaliser
* Hex
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* Jaga Jazzist
* Kid Koala
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* One Self
* Pest
* The Qemists
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* Sixtoo
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Free Peace Sweet!, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 16:10 (6 years ago) Permalink

Supernaturals deserve a vote just for that Smile song always being used in a bank advert.

Herman G. Neuname, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 16:19 (6 years ago) Permalink

What about "At the Link it is easy" by Shed Seven?

Colonel Poo, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 16:20 (6 years ago) Permalink

HAhahahahahahahaa that was hilarious!

ledge, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 16:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

Ultimate sub-Britpop sellouts: Hurricane #1 for allowing a song to be used in an advert for The Sun.

Although, to be fair, most of the members of these bands would be swiftly back to their day jobs, so you can't really blame them for cashing in.

Neil S, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 16:30 (6 years ago) Permalink

OCS FTW FFS

there are some OK bands on this list.

CharlieNo4, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 17:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

i wonder if every band will get 10 votes each or if stereophonics will be runaway winners?

Herman G. Neuname, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 18:21 (6 years ago) Permalink

space

that fella's voice over their horrible keyboard-preset music, yikes!

jeremy waters, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 18:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

gomez sucked too, tho.

didn't they do a tune about how much they hated contemporary r'nb?

jeremy waters, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 18:30 (6 years ago) Permalink

I thought other bands would be hated more than Space.

Herman G. Neuname, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 18:32 (6 years ago) Permalink

Space combined being a shite Britpop band with being a shite Novelty band with having a singer dude with a hugely annoying face tho.

Noodle Vague, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 18:34 (6 years ago) Permalink

The one Stereophincs song I heard was indescribably bad.

HI DERE, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 18:34 (6 years ago) Permalink

none of these groups are any good, imo. but space take the biscuit. although i was probably listening to happy hardcore at the time, so i can't really talk.

jeremy waters, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 18:35 (6 years ago) Permalink

Space combined being a shite Britpop band with being a shite Novelty band with having a singer dude with a hugely annoying face tho.

Nice to see the Zutons keeping this torch aloft.

Noodle Vague, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 18:35 (6 years ago) Permalink

Elvis Costello used to love Sleeper, so...

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 18:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

I like Space more than most of the eejits in that list.

Frogman Henry, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 18:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

Space.
i really hated them - even at the time.
some of the other bands were actually ok for a few weeks.

mark e, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 18:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

I don't know that anyone in the US had any conception of Space as a band that would generate this much ill will!

HI DERE, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 18:47 (6 years ago) Permalink

Most of these bands at least had the decency to bugger off after a couple of singles (Bluetones, Reef, Longpigs). I liked Space - most of the others blow. Voted for Stereophonics, because they managed to reach semi-Oasis levels of twatishness and unjustified arrogance in relation to their actual ability. But Menswear (Menswe@r?) come in a close second as a really crap boy band version of Suede.

snoball, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 18:49 (6 years ago) Permalink

also, "the glory years of Cool Britannia 1990-98" is stretching a bit far - six months in 1997 is more like it.

snoball, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 18:52 (6 years ago) Permalink

i think of britpop as 94-95

at a push maybe 93 for nwonw/auteurs/suede as precursors, and 96 for its fag-end lad rock era.

jeremy waters, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 19:02 (6 years ago) Permalink

Space were at least quite funny,in a point and laugh kind of a way. And I like that one with the xylophone in it, cos xylophones are generally good.

chap, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 19:03 (6 years ago) Permalink

if i had to pick one word to describe pop culture in this era in the uk it would be "cosy".

jeremy waters, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 19:08 (6 years ago) Permalink


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