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Gaz Coombes
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Gaz Coombes performing with Supergrass in London, 2008.
Background information
Birth name Gareth Michael Coombes
Born 8 March 1976 (age 39)
Oxford, England
Genres Alternative rock, Britpop
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1991–present
Labels Nude Records, Backbeat, Parlophone, Capitol, Sub Pop, Island Def Jam, Cooking Vinyl, Supergrass, Caroline International
Associated acts The Jennifers
Diamond Hoo Ha Men
The Hotrats
Notable instruments
Burns Custom Legend
Fender Telecaster Deluxe
Fender Telecaster
Gibson ES-335

Gareth Michael "Gaz" Coombes (born 8 March 1976 in Oxford) is an English musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist of the English alternative rock band Supergrass. He first entered the music scene aged sixteen as the lead singer of the band The Jennifers which featured Supergrass band mate Danny Goffey. Coombes was noticeable for his large sideburns during the 1990s.


1 1991–1993: The Jennifers
2 1993–2010: Supergrass
3 2010–present: Solo career
4 Personal life
5 Solo discography
5.1 Albums
5.2 Singles
6 See also
7 References
8 External links

1991–1993: The Jennifers
Main article: The Jennifers

Coombes first entered the music world at age sixteen as the lead singer of the band The Jennifers. The band undertook a nationwide tour before Coombes was fifteen[clarification needed]. When they signed for their first recording contract with Nude Records, Coombes was under 18 at the time and so had to have his mother sign the contract for him.[1]

"There were a couple of ridiculous, punky, joke songs – "Harvey The Accountant" and "The Girl with the Removable Face". That one went: "The girl with the removable face/She didn't have much of a life/All the boys used to pull it off/And use it as a frisbee." Most of them were in that vein. Actually, we haven't changed much." says Coombes about some Jennifers songs.[2]

The Jennifers released "Just Got Back Today" on Nude Records in 1992 before they disbanded.

After the mild success experienced by The Jennifers, but still living with his parents, Coombes got a job at the local Harvester. He would take old Jennifers demos and play them over the restaurant's PA system before it opened, and this eventually led to him meeting Mick Quinn, a co-worker who played bass guitar and shared his musical tastes. With Danny Goffey they began to practice at Quinn's house, and Supergrass was formed shortly thereafter.[3]
1993–2010: Supergrass
Main article: Supergrass

In 1993 after The Jennifers disbanded, Coombes, Goffey and Quinn formed Supergrass. In 2002 Coombes' brother keyboardist Rob Coombes officially joined the band. Before that he was studying for an Astrophysics degree at Cardiff University. The band released six studio albums in their 17 years together, each of them entering the UK top 20: I Should Coco (1995), In It for the Money (1997), Supergrass (1999), Life on Other Planets (2002), Road to Rouen (2005) and Diamond Hoo Ha (2008). They also released a singles compilation Supergrass is 10 (2004), commemorating the first decade of the band's life.

During the height of Supergrass' fame around 1995, Coombes received offers from "Italian Vogue" and most notably, "Calvin Klein",[4][5] to model for them in their ad campaigns and magazine publications, as well as an offer from Steven Spielberg to make a Monkees-style TV show of the band. Coombes however, along with the rest of the band, declined these offers, saying; "Yes, we probably would have been face down in a pool if we'd said yes to all that. I mean, our heads would have returned to our shoulders at some point, but... it felt like cheating. Too easy. Short cut. Y'know? If you have to do all that to be the biggest band in the world then... then what does that say about your music? And all that... [the publicity offers] would have just got in the way of the music. It would have taken so long to get to grips with. We'd have lost years."[3]

In 1999, Coombes made an appearance on the "Da Ali G Show" and played the Supergrass song "Sun Hits the Sky", whilst having to deal with Ali G 'remixing' it as he performed. "I tried to take the mickey out of his goatee, and he came back with: "So, you are looking like a monkey..." But if you go on his show, you know what you're letting yourself in for."[2]

Coombes appeared on The Annex on 2fm with Jenny Huston alongside Goffey before Supergrass took the stage at Malahide Castle in Dublin, Ireland to support Arctic Monkeys on 16 June 2007.

On 12 April 2010 Coombes and the rest of Supergrass announced that the band was to split after seventeen years. Musical differences were cited as the reason. They played four farewell concerts before the split. Their seventh album Release the Drones remains unfinished and unreleased.
2010–present: Solo career

Coombes announced on 28 October in The Hotrats and Supergrass Facebook page that he is currently working on his first solo album, recorded at his studio in Oxford with producer Sam Williams, and claiming that the record is on its final stages, planned to release it in 2011.[6][7] He plays most of the instruments on the record.[8]

Coombes starred in an advert for the Toyota Yaris where he plays himself and encounters a fan who wants a picture with him.[9] The Supergrass single "Pumping on Your Stereo" also appears in the advert.

Coombes appeared on and produced the single "Wonderful" by Little Fish, which was released in October 2011.[10] In December 2011, Coombes performed his first solo shows at The Rotunda in Oxford[11] and released his debut solo single "Hot Fruit" on 14 March 2012. His debut album, Here Come the Bombs was released shortly after and was well received by critics and fans alike.[12]

In May 2014, Coombes recorded a cover version of The Kinks' song "This Time Tomorrow" for a television advertisement for the UK department store, John Lewis.[13] The song was subsequently released as a digital single on the Caroline International label.[14]

Coombes's second solo album, Matador, was released on 26 January 2015.[15] The album debuted at number 18 in the Official UK Album chart.[16]
Personal life

Coombes is the son of Eileen and John Coombes. His father was a food scientist, who enjoyed playing Jazz piano,[17] and his mother an English teacher.[18] Although he was born in England, he lived with his family in San Francisco, from around the age of five up until the age of nine, at which point in 1985 they returned to his birthplace in Oxford.[3][19]

Coombes played Classical piano at this age, but gradually moved on to an interest in playing guitar. He began to attend Wheatley Park School in Wheatley, Oxfordshire, but found himself being picked on for being 'girly'. His elder brother Rob was friends with Nic Goffey at the time, and one day on the school's playing fields a thirteen-year-old Gaz Coombes met and befriended Nic's younger brother, fifteen-year-old Danny Goffey. Danny Goffey was two years older than Coombes and helped to "protect him" from being teased. Goffey recounts what happened; "I mean, you couldn't fucking miss him. He was gorgeous. He grew sideburns and they [other pupils] gave him loads of shit, but I was really into him. I think I fancied him a bit, y'know? He's really beautiful. He wasn't very mature at that age. He was like a kid. I just went up to him and asked him to form a band. I could. I was a drummer. The tallest drummer in the school."[3]

Coombes originally lived in a Regency townhouse in Brighton, East Sussex, which he first purchased in 1999, with his partner Jools Poore and their daughter, Raya May (born 2003).[2][20] Due to the death of his mother, Eileen, in 2005, he felt compelled to move back into her house in Oxford during 2006, where he had grown up.[21][22] Coombes and his partner now have a second daughter, named Tiger (b. 2008).[23][24] Gaz Coombes and his brothers Rob Coombes, Charly Coombes and Eddie Coombes also jointly own a converted barn in Northern France, which is where the Supergrass album Road to Rouen was recorded.[25]

He has three other siblings who are all involved in music: the eldest is the keyboardist and fellow Supergrass member Rob, former 22-20s keyboardist Charly and Paris-based Ed (who also plays piano).[2]
Solo discography
Title Album details Peak chart positions UK
Here Come the Bombs

Released: 21 May 2012
Label: Hot Fruit Recordings
Formats: CD, digital download


Released: 26 January 2015
Label: Hot Fruit Recordings/Caroline International
Formats: CD, Vinyl LP, Stream digital download

Year Title Album
2012 "Sub Divider" (Free download) Here Come the Bombs
"Hot Fruit"
2013 "Buffalo" Matador
2014 "This Time Tomorrow" N/A
2014 "20/20" Matador
See also

Supergrass discography

"Peter Blake meets Danny Goffey". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 3 May 2010.
"The Strange Ones Supergrass Site". Retrieved 2015-04-05.
"The Strange Ones Supergrass Site". Retrieved 2015-04-05.
Buckley, Peter; Buckley, Jonathan (2003), The Rough Guide to Rock: the definitive guide to more than 1200 artists and bands, Rough Guides, ISBN 978-1-84353-105-0
"The Strange Ones Supergrass Site". Retrieved 2015-04-05.
"Twitter / THEHOTRATS: Gaz is currently working on". Retrieved 2013-06-19.
"The Hot Rats – Gaz is currently working on his first solo...". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
"Gaz Coombes: 'Solo LP is full of energy' – Music News". Digital Spy. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
"Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
"Wonderful featuring Gaz Coombes Video | Little Fish". Retrieved 2013-06-19.
"Little Fish – Gaz Coombes's gig at the Rotunda on the 9th sold". 3 December 2011. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
"Radio1 Rodos Greece ::: UK Forthcoming Singles". Retrieved 2013-06-19.
"John Lewis looks back on British history in TV spot to mark 150 years | Advertising news | Campaign". 2014-05-01. Retrieved 2015-03-05.
"Matador | Gaz Coombes New Album Out Now". Gaz Coombes. 2014-04-30. Retrieved 2015-03-05.
"Gaz Coombes - Matador: Exclusive album stream". The Guardian. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 2015-01-24.
"Former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes makes his solo Top 40 debut with second LP Matador". The Official Charts Company. 1 February 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-01.
[1][dead link]
"The Strange Ones Supergrass Site". 1995-05-20. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
[2][dead link]
Eamon Sweeney. "Keep on the 'grass | Music | Interview". Hot Press. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
[3][dead link]
Eva Wiseman (30 March 2008). "Lunch with Supergrass | Life and style | The Observer". Retrieved 2013-06-19.
Johnson, Neala (3 October 2008), "Supergrass on new album Diamond Hoo Ha, and freedom from EMI", Herald Sun, retrieved 2008-10-11
Garnett, Natasha (16 December 2008), "Pearl Lowe And Danny Goffey Marry in Style at Babington House", Hello! (1051): 86
Thomasson, Roger (17 February 2006). "Supergrass". SF Station. Retrieved 2013-06-19.

"GAZ COOMBES | Official Charts Company". 2015-03-30. Retrieved 2015-04-05.

External links

Official website
Gaz Coombes at the Internet Movie Database


v t e


Gaz Coombes Rob Coombes Danny Goffey Mick Quinn

Studio albums

I Should Coco In It for the Money Supergrass Life on Other Planets Road to Rouen Diamond Hoo Ha

Compilations and DVDs

Supergrass is 10


"Caught by the Fuzz" "Mansize Rooster" "Lose It" "Lenny" "Alright"/"Time" "Going Out" "Richard III" "Sun Hits the Sky" "Late in the Day" "Cheapskate" "Pumping on Your Stereo" "Moving" "Mary" "Never Done Nothing Like That Before" "Grace" "Seen the Light" "Rush Hour Soul" "Kiss of Life" "St. Petersburg" "Low C" "Fin" "Diamond Hoo Ha Man" "Bad Blood" "Rebel in You"

Other releases

We Still Need More (Than Anyone Can Give)

Related persons

Dom and Nic Charly Coombes

Related articles

Discography DB Band Beat Seeking Missiles The Jennifers The Hotrats (Turn Ons) Lodger (British band)

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Rainham area Rilke (nakhchivan), Friday, 16 October 2015 13:29 (eight years ago) link

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Rainham area Rilke (nakhchivan), Friday, 16 October 2015 13:31 (eight years ago) link

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Rainham area Rilke (nakhchivan), Friday, 16 October 2015 13:34 (eight years ago) link

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Rainham area Rilke (nakhchivan), Friday, 16 October 2015 13:35 (eight years ago) link

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Rainham area Rilke (nakhchivan), Friday, 16 October 2015 13:40 (eight years ago) link

Passengers fume at drivers' bad English « Express & Star

18 Oct 2008 - Baz Coombes, spokesman for Centro, said: "We will raise these concerns with the appropriate operators."

bonobo voyage (Noodle Vague), Friday, 16 October 2015 13:41 (eight years ago) link

'Stranger In The Alps' EP out now
On sale at

Dirty Beard Films Present: 'Stranger In The Alps'.
Directed by Chaz Coombes, edited by Chaz Coombes/Mick Quinn.

bonobo voyage (Noodle Vague), Friday, 16 October 2015 13:42 (eight years ago) link

Bantamweight champion Paul McVeigh bounced back from defeat in Japan with a return to form against Steve ‘Taz’ Coombes.

The two Ulstermen provided an entertaining first round of stand up action with high kicks, spinning backfists and flying knees aplenty. McVeigh wisely took the fight down in the second and forced Coombes to tap out a little under two and a half minutes in with a rear naked choke.

drash, Friday, 16 October 2015 13:46 (eight years ago) link

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Vaz Coombes (Noodle Vague), Friday, 16 October 2015 13:50 (eight years ago) link

Al heel wat volk was richting centrum of aan de toog toen het Britse Supergrass, onder zanger/gitarist Jazz Coombes, het gitaaravondje beëindigde. Ze brachten na meer dan drie jaar (en een ‘best of’) de nieuwe cd ‘Diamond hoo ha’ uit, die totnutoe praktisch geen airplay verkrijgt.
Potige melodieuze retroBritpop is hun handelsmerk, waarbij ze met de jaren wat subtieler klinken. Supergrass stelde in het begin nieuw werk voor (“Bad blood”, “345”, “Rebel in you”, “Ghost of a friend” en de titelsong) en gaf ze elan door kleurrijke ‘70’s toetsen.
Ze moesten het vooral hebben van de herkenbaarheid van “Mary”, “Late in a the day”, “Moving” en “St Petersburg”, die freakier klonken. Tenslotte speelden ze een snedig en opzwepend tweede deel met “Richard III”, “Pumping on your stereo”, “Caught by the fuzz” en het zomerse “Sun hits the sky”. In de bis koppelden ze aan “Lenny” “Whole lotta love”.
Supergrass heeft nog steeds voldoende power, maar het intrigeert en pakt minder dan vroeger, waardoor de ‘jus’ er een beetje van is …

drash, Friday, 16 October 2015 13:52 (eight years ago) link

einer Stunde der Verfolgung, denn die Konstellation behinderte die Geschwindigkeit der Boote, so das Coombes Männer kaum Boden auf die fliehende Brigg ...

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drash, Friday, 16 October 2015 13:58 (eight years ago) link
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(emphasis mine) (wins), Friday, 16 October 2015 15:21 (eight years ago) link

Coombes appeared on The Annex on 2fm with Jenny Huston alongside Goffey before Supergrass took the stage at Malahide Castle in Dublin, Ireland to support Arctic Monkeys on 16 June 2007.

strange thing to have in someone's wikipedia. but pleased the town i grew up in has made it in there.

doing my Objectives, handling some intense stuff (LocalGarda), Friday, 16 October 2015 15:26 (eight years ago) link

like who on earth would add a line to say that a musician who has prob played 3000 gigs and done 6000 interviews once did an interview before a gig.

doing my Objectives, handling some intense stuff (LocalGarda), Friday, 16 October 2015 15:31 (eight years ago) link

i am trying to parody how banal it is and i can't

doing my Objectives, handling some intense stuff (LocalGarda), Friday, 16 October 2015 15:32 (eight years ago) link

Coombes, 39, will have proven to his critics that the former purveyor of indie rock at the height of Britpop can indeed make an album of largely electronic material, and find acclaim in doing so

twunty fifteen (imago), Friday, 16 October 2015 15:35 (eight years ago) link

It's been almost a month since Bath's Ping Coombes was crowned the 10th winner of Masterchef after wowing judges with her

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doing my Objectives, handling some intense stuff (LocalGarda), Friday, 16 October 2015 15:39 (eight years ago) link

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Rainham area Rilke (nakhchivan), Friday, 16 October 2015 15:43 (eight years ago) link

this YouTube still reminds me of something

(emphasis mine) (wins), Saturday, 17 October 2015 12:56 (eight years ago) link

in general my takeaway from GIS is that it was probably a mistake for nick cave and jack black to attempt to use seth brundel's teleporter together

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Rainham area Rilke (nakhchivan), Saturday, 17 October 2015 13:09 (eight years ago) link

Gaz Coombes... introspective and experimental.

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Saturday, 17 October 2015 17:50 (eight years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Who the fuck is Gaz Coombes?

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mattresslessness, Monday, 16 November 2015 15:43 (eight years ago) link

He released an album in 2012 that was completely ignored. Matador is a better record than that one but I don't know why it's had such a bigger reaction from the UK music press. I'm happy for him as I absolutely adored Supergrass.

― Kitchen Person, Monday, November 16, 2015 4:01 PM (4 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Yup! Totally agree.

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nakhchivan, Monday, 16 November 2015 20:54 (eight years ago) link

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nakhchivan, Monday, 16 November 2015 20:55 (eight years ago) link

dude's name is some newsie-wewsies blood sausage type shit

sarahell, Monday, 16 November 2015 20:59 (eight years ago) link

arguably the best thing to happen to gaz coombes since gaz coombes

Amblyomma_americanum_tick.jpg (wins), Monday, 16 November 2015 21:01 (eight years ago) link

If you can keep your Gaz when all about you
Are losing Coombes and blaming it on you

John Dope Assos (Noodle Vague), Monday, 16 November 2015 21:04 (eight years ago) link

Has, rather.

sarahell, Monday, 16 November 2015 21:06 (eight years ago) link

the gaz man coombeth, and nv respondeth curiously

"Musicians" That Look Like Monkeys

cez goombas (nakhchivan), Monday, 16 November 2015 21:07 (eight years ago) link

great days

John Dope Assos (Noodle Vague), Monday, 16 November 2015 21:11 (eight years ago) link

Gaz CoombesVerified account ‏@GazCoombes Nov 13
@TedneyNash You're on a roll, sir! Keep em coming... 😊🚀
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Gaz CoombesVerified account ‏@GazCoombes Sep 20
@Vision_Rider Sorry to hear that sir, you didn't see my stage time tweet? Drop me a msg if you want to come to a show, I'll sort u G-list. 😊
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Gaz CoombesVerified account ‏@GazCoombes Sep 7
Big thanks @joeduddell Such a pleasure to play with the ensemble at the town hall @festivalnumber6 Beautiful arrangements sir, loved it!
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Gaz CoombesVerified account ‏@GazCoombes Mar 21
@JoeSims10 @maxrushden @Jackjashton @HellsBellsy Cheers Joe...great to meet you! Onwards & upwards, sir!
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Gaz CoombesVerified account ‏@GazCoombes Feb 22
@tomhingleymusic Hey cheers Tom! Yeah Lammo said you were around, hope u had a fine wkend, sir! See u soon :)
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Gaz CoombesVerified account ‏@GazCoombes Feb 20
@Glinner aww, thanks sir! x
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Gaz CoombesVerified account ‏@GazCoombes Feb 6
“@achrisevans: @GazCoombes You were off the charts my friend. Bloody great. X.” Thanks Chris!...V kind, sir. Really great to see you, man! x
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Gaz CoombesVerified account ‏@GazCoombes Feb 3
@StevenJRStone Thank you sir! :)
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Gaz CoombesVerified account ‏@GazCoombes Nov 19
@Rivsrivers @craufurdarmsmk Thx for having us, man. Great little room & a fine crowd, sir! Cheers :)
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Gaz CoombesVerified account ‏@GazCoombes 10 Dec 2013
@rankinphoto @Oxfam Enjoyed that! 'Twas a pleasure sir. Hope rest of the day goes well :)
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Gaz CoombesVerified account ‏@GazCoombes 6 Dec 2013
@mrchrisaddison Hey Thx Chris! Great to meet you sir, it was a wkd eve! Cheers x
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Gaz CoombesVerified account ‏@GazCoombes 5 Dec 2013
@TheHollyJohnson @savechildrenuk A pleasure sir! Soindcheck sounded beautiful! Looking fwd to later!
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Gaz CoombesVerified account ‏@GazCoombes 9 Sep 2013
@GavRov Hello sir. Hope all's going well on #thelastman Look fwd to seeing it! Fine work on 'Moon' btw..great film & looks stunning!
G :)
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Gaz CoombesVerified account ‏@GazCoombes 16 Jul 2013
@EdwynCollins @DeerShed Looking fwd to it sir ! See you Friday !
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Gaz CoombesVerified account ‏@GazCoombes 10 Jul 2013
@edgarwright Congrats on a brilliant film sir ! Absolutely loved it ! Have a great rest of night & see you soon !
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Gaz CoombesVerified account ‏@GazCoombes 1 Jul 2013
@mrmichaelsmiley Great to meet you earlier man ! Fine performance do bad guy so good !
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cez goombas (nakhchivan), Monday, 16 November 2015 21:22 (eight years ago) link

the gaz man coombeth, and nv respondeth curiously

"Musicians" That Look Like Monkeys

Oh my

Caput Johannis in Disco (Tom D.), Monday, 16 November 2015 21:33 (eight years ago) link

i'm not racist...
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Amblyomma_americanum_tick.jpg (wins), Monday, 16 November 2015 21:35 (eight years ago) link

i had always assumed Ray Dorset was white but either way i'm not going to excuse my stupidity here

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Britpop 10 years on: Your memories
Blur's Damon Albarn and Pulp's Jarvis Cocker
Britpop stars: Blur's Damon Albarn and Pulp's Jarvis Cocker
This week, the BBC News website is marking 10 years since the summer of 1995, when Britpop bands such as Blur, Oasis and Pulp took over the UK singles charts.
There was a flurry of interest in the bands in August 1995, with the much-hyped battle between Blur and Oasis to top the charts with their singles Country House and Roll With It.

The two bands' success propelled contemporaries such as Pulp and Sleeper into the spotlight - and spawned a whole generation of new acts.

What are your memories of the summer of 1995? Which did you prefer - Blur or Oasis? Does the music stand the test of time? And how do today's British acts shape up?

This debate is now closed. Thank you for your comments.

Britpop will always hold a very special place for me! I was 15/16 and I remember discovering guitars, indie music alcohol and boys all at the same time! It was the time when I discovered parties and they all kinda of go hand in hand together! I had 1977 by Ash on last week and Girl from Mars always takes me back! It gives me goose bumps. Yes Keane might be all this and that and Coldplay the rest, but give me Pulp, Oasis, Blur, Suede and Ash any day of the week! And these albums still sound great. In my car since I was 17 has always been Parklife! If I'm still listening to Keane going on in 10 years time, I will be most surprised! I can't really see Chris Martin battling out with the Gallagher brothers... he struggles with the crazy frog!
Bex, Bristol

For me Saint Etienne were the best band of this period, producing a string of superb albums.
Tony Evans, Southport

1994/1995 was for a great time for British music, seeing the emergence of some the best albums of the decade. Oasis debut album,Blur's Parklife, and Pulp's Different Class, still sound fresh today. Although the likes of Space, and Mansun have perhaps not really stood the test of time
Danno Evans, Southport

Britpop was just another marketing term that unfortunately piled together some of the best and worst bands of the decade. Oasis were and still are very poor, Blur were great in places (if you could stomach the fake cockney accent) whereas early Pulp and Suede were absolutely blinding. The new wave of British bands are similary over/under-endowed in the talent stakes too. Watch out for Maximo Park though - top notch.
TB, Spain

I was probably the right age during the time Britpop was around, as I was at university from 1994-98. Still, I found the music dull, boring, depressing, and performed by mediocre bands wishing they were living in 1960s London. In my mind, the main reason the music became so successful was that people were sick of seeing the beginnings of manufactured acts such as Take That and East 17 and wanted to see "real" bands... unfortunately, to me, the "real" bands weren't much better...
Graeme, Dundee, Scotland

I can remember feeling that I could relate to some of what they were saying.
Jess, Epsom
I do feel sorry for the bands who got pigeon-holed as Britpop, eg Pulp and Blur, who were around way before the likes of Suede, Menswear, Space, Marion, Echobelly, Gene etc. I guess that was just bad-timing. Perhaps the greatest injustice has to be labelling of Mansun as Britpop. They were the best band of the '90s and could wipe the floor with any Britpop band.
Martin, Barrow, Cumbria

It was great to see so many bands that I'd been listening to making it big and more airtime given to decent music rather than the pop tosh that controlled the airwaves at the time. But the gigs, as they always have been in Wales, were few and far between. Even the Welsh explosion in the late '90s didn't change that. Out of a lack of decent gigs came the dawn of a strong, thriving, and talented, rock scene in South Wales which has it roots in music and in hype like Britpop. And thankfully its still going strong!
Danny Coyle, Cardiff, Wales

Britpop was just a press name for guitar based bands in the 90's - best of that era for me were - Ocean Colour Scene, Supergrass, Paul Weller, Oasis & The Bluetones, Reef and Dodgy!! lots of brilliant summer tunes
Dean Parkinson, Chorley, England

Reading the NME in the early 90's the first time I came across the term Britpop was in relation to the decidedly not British band The Cranberries making it big in America. This was long before Oasis and Blur at their heights. I knew then that the media was desperate to create a new British music scene, give it a name and flog it to the kids and decided to kick start it all with an Irish band. For me the last truely original scene was grunge. Everything since has just been recycling old sounds.
Dermot, Dublin, Ireland

Everyone goes on about Blur and Oasis, but for me Ocean Colour Scene were the top Britpop band. I remember spending the summer of '97 laying by a pool in Turkey drinking cheap lager with "the day we caught the train" blasting out. Happy Days.
Darren, Barnsley

I'm a bit older than many of the contributors here, but about the same age as some of the bands, I think. I can remember at the time of the Britpop thing, in my mid twenties, feeling that I could relate to some (not all!) of what they were saying. As a teenager and in my early 20s I'd felt alienated by the Tory-led society I lived in and the clearly money-driven plastic pop emanating from my radio speakers. I'd turned to classical music. But Britpop felt optimistic at the time. I loved Suede's sound, Jarvis Cocker, and some of Blur's inventive songs, especially the amazing one which incorporates the shipping forecast (can't remember its title)!
Jess, Epsom

Whatever happened to Thurman?
Neil, Fleet, England

Being mid-20s in London in summer of '95 was as cool as life gets (for me anyway)! Saw Oasis support REM that summer in Ireland and they were simply awesome. Looking back, a lot of the music was crap (some of the derided "shoegazer" stuff from Ride and Slowdive has actually stood the test of time better) but that's not really the point and Definitely Maybe, Parklife and Different Class will be forever an integral part of my record collection. Thanks guys.
James, London

The 1995 to 1997 period was one of the freshest and best periods in British music. Sure it was insular and probably overhyped by the media but it gave a sense of belonging that wasn't there with grunge or the soulless dance music of the later 1990s. The music and the time mark out a significant period in my own life - having the freedom of being away from home, starting my first "real" job, having music and an aesthetic that I could identify with. The summer of 1996 was the peak of this with Euro 96 on the TV and Oasis at Knebworth. A fantastic time of my life that I know I'll never have back.
Jon Rosling, Rotherham, South Yorks UK

I was picked on at youth club for liking Blur. I didn't much like Oasis because they seemed mean and angry. Blur had the polite tunes. Charmless Man was the single that got me hooked. I am still very much into blur and taking Gorillaz, Film Soundtracks, Graham Coxon's solo career and the post 1995 albums blur made, I think it's undeniable who are the more interesting artists. I still listen to a lot of 'Britpop' because it serves as coat-hangers for great memories. I think it's also great that Coldplay, Embrace, Bloc Party, Longview and others are keeping the tradition of great British guitar music, and Supergrass, Radiohead, Oasis and Blur still making good tunes. It's not completely over!
Dave, Bournemouth, UK

Good music, good times, good memories
Stu, Birmingham
The time of my life! After years of sensitive shoegazing and political correctness, I got to pick up a guitar, drink beer and openly love football and the opposite sex. Good music, good times, good memories for us 30 somethings. Britpop lifted the music up and New Lad emancipated not just the men from the sterile '90s. Tonight, I (was a) rock n roll star!
Stu, Birmingham

Memories? A load of middle-class white kids who discovered Gazelles and floppy hair.
Matt, Sheffield, England

Supergrass - cheeky little monkeys on choppers, hurrah! Caught by the Fuzz remains one of my all time favourite tracks.
Stephen, Edinburgh

Britpop moved me away from naff boy bands and into decent music - and I actually liked Blur and Oasis! However, my favourites were Gene, Echobelly, Menswear and Sleeper. Still listen to Britpop now and the stuff still sounds as good today as it did during that long hot summer!
Nicola, Luton, UK

I was only 10 during the summer of 1995, but I was enthralled in the battle between Blur and Oasis. Whenever I hear Country House I think of that summer, spending pretty much the whole time round my mate's house trying to search for old Blur CDs and not being allowed to utter the word "Oasis" in front of his cousin. There will always be a little bit of my heart devoted to it.
James, Surrey, UK

The Bluetones are still going strong with a strong fan base, an upcoming tour and new album out this autumn. They still play the old stuff at gigs and they're amazing to see live.
Julie Wall, Wolverhampton

I think that the 'Britpop Movement' was one of the greatest things to happen to the nation for a long time! It was an extremely positive time when Britain was receiving the global praise it deserves. The music was good, there was a definite air of optimism and at the time you couldn't imagine life being any better! Sadly, it all became too big, music and politics got married and as usual it was us, the kids, that suffered! The drugs took over and it was all over far too soon! Like many people I will always feel like I was a part of it! I was a Britpop kid and it was a great time for my musical tastes to mature! It's an amazing statement that the '90s gave us Britpop, the '00s have given us Pop Idol!
Andy, Norwich

I enjoyed BBC Four's Britpop Night, partly because I'd bought every single song they played, but I thought that they missed a couple of interesting aspects. The 'Brit' bit ignored the fact that it was a purely English appropriation, and even the provincial bands seemed a bit out of place (often making them better, such as Pulp) or desperate to get in: hence the sight of Oasis and Bernard Butler (like the Smiths) embracing the Union Jack when their parents were Irish immigrants. Meanwhile in Wales and Scotland, more interesting things were going on - Gorky's, SFA. Mogwai, the Delgados, Spare Snare etc. etc. I thought that shoegazing was given a bit of a rough ride too - Slowdive and Ride were clearly superior to Heavy Stereo, Powder, Dodgy and Oasis.
Aidan Byrne, Wolverhampton UK

At the time, I was in a funk metal band. We dreamed of being Faith No More. I was going out with a Charlatans fan and i just didn't get it. I thought that the whole genre sounded the same. I now admit to having a smattering of Britpop in my CD collection, and even bought an Oasis album the other day. But to me they (Oasis) still sound completely banal. Its sad to think that the record buying masses fall for their pseudo-Beatles efforts. As for the more 'arty' bands Suede, Blur, Pulp, they at least have stood the test of time with their integrity intact. Even saw Blur a couple of years ago, and they weren't too bad. Now where's that Extreme CD?
Slash1 of triple slash, Brighton

I would hardly say Radiohead were trying to be the next U2. Their songs are far more melancholy for a start. Also far far more similar to prog rock - a genre with which they are constantly associated with (and U2 are certainly not).
Barney Large, Chichester

Northern Uproar, anyone? Anyone?
Andrew Stevens, London, England

A celebration of British insularity. Music with a global vision replaced by a championing of mediocrity. Working class louts surviving on a diet of cocaine and stolen guitar chords vs middle class mockneys bemoaning the harshness of life on their council estate. What a wonderful thing are rose tinted spectacles
AJR, London

Was then and still will be an Oasis supporter, they write songs that make you feel good to be alive. Definitely maybe was great for me as a budding young drummer in a band. The songs were so easy to play
Mossy, 25, Leeds

It all seems a bit cute now. I remember being harangued by work colleagues - grown men- for being into Blur and not Oasis. I can't imagine a similar argument today over whether you're into Keane or Coldplay! But then the bands seemed so big, somehow it counted.

Parklife was refreshing -I'd just left university when it came out and by then I'd had heard enough grunge to last me a lifetime, not to mention the numerous, tuneless 'shoegazer' bands..

Looking back, it was a great movement that sadly imploded too quickly (born out of and died through hype) but for a while gave British mainstream pop a strong identity that hadn't been seen for a decade or so. And people started dressing better again and lost those green army shirts !!
Chris Friday, UK

I was working in a record shop in August 1995, which meant I was forced to listen to album after album of Britpop. With the exception of Pulp, who thoroughly deserved the recognition they finally got, Britpop, for me, signalled the death of original guitar music. After enforced repeated listens of albums by the likes of Kula Shaker, Space, Cast, Sleeper and Elastica, my memories of Britpop are not great ones. There was some brilliant music being created at the same time by British artists such as Massive Attack, Leftfield, Orbital, Tricky, Tindersticks and Aphex Twin, to name a few. But all these great acts who continued to make original music, were overshadowed by a load of Beatles/Kinks soundalikes that often had bigger mouths than talent.
Shane, London, UK

I remember taping songs off the Evening Session, Steve and Jo ruled the airwaves and seemed that any band with guitars could get signed, even Northern Uproar! What happened to them?
Rob Hughes, London UK

I was 14 at the time, and living in a working class area destroyed by the Tories I was wondering how I was going to live my life. Then Oasis came on the scene and delivered songs that meant so much as they were singing what I was thinking - (is it worth the aggravation, to find yourself a job, when there's nothing worth working for). I was never into music until Oasis came along, and listening to them I got into many many other bands ? The Jam, The Who, The Beatles etc...

Definitely Maybe and Morning Glory meant so much to so many and I doubt another band in this country, maybe even the world, will ever be able to match them albums for what it means to so many people. 1995 was a fine year for me as listening to the Britpop music, especially Oasis, it made me realise that there was a life out there for me to live - and it was capped off with Everton winning the FA Cup!
Adam Bennett, Liverpool

It was the tabloids who started it the Britpop 'war' and it resulted in two or three glorious years of music.

Oasis, Blur, Ocean Colour Scene, The Bluetones, etc. made 1995, 1996 and 1997 glorious years to get into music, before the widespread shift to dance music.
Neil, Edinburgh

Britpop was such an important turning point in music. I remember being into all the USA 'grunge' scene and then British music suddenly took over and became interesting! I actually liked both Blur AND Oasis. I'd have to say Blur are my favourites now, as each album has taken a different turn - they're much more innovative then Oasis. Maybe the Kaiser Chiefs and Franz Ferdinand can eventually match up to the 90s Britpop era but it's hard to tell right now with only their debut albums to go by.
Kirsty Telford, Maidstone, Kent

For me, those summer months of 1995 were a brief gap between the end of childhood and the beginning of adulthood - I remember it with great affection, and associate "Parklife, Definitely Maybe, Different Class etc with happy memories of long hot days, chasing girls, drinking in the park and so on. Unfortunately, though, very little of the music stands up today - take away the memories and all you're left with is a lot of very mediocre music - even the top bands of the period went downhill fast after '95. The current crop of bands are much better, and far more interesting and varied - I'm mildly jealous I'm not a teenager right now. Actually, no I'm not.
Tom Fowler, Leeds

Oasis were the band that got me into music. I'm sure its the same for thousands of other people in their mid-twenties. Until the day I die, no albums will mean as much to me and have the same impact on my life Definitely Maybe and Morning Glory.
Ben, Liverpool

For me Jarvis Cocker represented Britpop. Here was a man who was an underdog in all aspects of life. eg no oil painting and working class. Yet he lived his dream and even though it sounds cheesy for me that it was Britpop was all about!
Andy Pryke, Dronfield in the day (now east sheen - London)

What a fantastic year! The droning, pounding club music was replaced by intelligent music from great British bands. I still have my collection of Britpop CDs - blur, pulp, et al and listen to them regularly. The only band I didn't really get into was Oasis - vastly overhyped with minimal material. And what a pair of idiots the Gallagher's are!
Gemma Harris, UK

Teenage Fanclub's Sparky's Dream and Do You Remember the First Time? by Pulp still stir memories of finishing my GCSE's and the long summer between real school and sixth form. Why can't popular music be this good again? And for all the people hyping up Kaiser Chiefs? Just pretenders to a throne they'll never see.
Martin , Scarborough

5th November 1995 Oasis Earls Court. Morning Glory was being played everywhere leading up to the gig. There was a massive buzz around Oasis and we all knew they were a special band. The concert was probably one of the best Oasis concerts I've ever been to. Funny moment on the night was this guy going round telling everyone that Robson and Jerome's Unchained Melody had beaten Wonderwall to number one. Classic times.
Tony Charlton, Grimsby

Blur won the battle but Oasis won the war!
Vicky, Bucks, England

For me, Britpop will always be synonymous with Parklife, Blur's fantastic 3rd album, released in 1994. Who can forget Phil Daniels "rapping" on the title track, Hammond organ instrumentals throughout, angry tracks about middle-class apathy, laments for gauche teens and spiralling clubbers, wistful numbers such as To the End and Far Out (Alex James' bizarrely beautiful list of astronomical terms set to music)? It was the ultimate London album, complete with Walthamstow dog track on the cover. How did Blur ever lose the 1994 Mercury Music Prize to M-People?!
Paul Tyrrell, London, UK

Britpop reminds me of being 15-years-old when the only thing that mattered were music and your friends... I was obsessed with Damon Albarn and my bedroom was wallpapered with his face!! I still listen to albums from that era now and then and reminisce about being young, free and full of "angst"...
Lucy, Tokyo, Japan (grew up in Manchester)

Where did the years go? I can't believe I am 26, my childhood is well and truly over. I look back at the 90s as punks look back at the 70s. It was something new and something revolutionary. Music was evolving and young people wanted more. I was one of those people.

The music summed up everything about the 90s, neon, day-glo and cheery. Of course there was the other side, concrete, grey and miserable. You had the choice of music depending on what mood you were in.

I will always remember buying my first CD.... Common People, what a tune! And I will always remember listening to Suede, Ash, Manics (ok technically Welsh), Blur and Pulp on my discman when I travelled to college.

Whenever I hear those songs fond memories flood back. It's sad to think that it was such a long time ago now, I wish I could go back and live it all again but life goes on.

It is true... Modern Life is Rubbish.
Steven Winslow, Welling

I feel so old! Can't believe it's ten years since I was drunk in Mile End listening to For Tomorrow in my damp, tiny Adidas jacket, corduroy trousers and a dirty pair of Gazelles. That and seeing Pulp belt out Common People are two of the beautiful moments from my teenage years. 1995 was wicked!
Angela Phillips, London, UK.

As much as I hate the label Britpop it was the music of my generation and I had a bloody wicked time during it too!
Sophie Bowering, Brighton

All I remember is how Oasis kept banging on about how working class they were, as if Blur didn't deserve musical success because they were from middle-class backgrounds. Now, of course, it's clear that Blur, and particularly Damon Albarn, will leave a much more significant creative legacy than Oasis, in spite of Noel and Liam's stupendous arrogance.
Paul Tyrrell, London, UK

Britpop was great for so many reasons. It tied in with Euro 96 the following summer and it seemed that Oasis and Blur were the new Beatles and Stones. Although that hasn't been the case it really annoys me that all these people who loved Oasis and the other Britpop bands at the time are now slagging them off saying they were not that good anyway. I defy anyone to listen to Don't Look Back in Anger and not sing along. I also defy anyone to listen to Coldplay and not feel depressed. That's what made Britpop great. Unlike depressing American bands, who just wanted to moan and ultimately destroy, Britpop was about the desire to Live Forever.
Terry, Bishop's Stortford

It's a testimony to Blur's excellence that they have managed, so well, to evolve and remain interesting whilst Oasis has settled for banging out the same old stuff. I think the mid-nineties was a real highlight for music in Britain and it's been, overall, pretty dire since.
Ben , Taunton

Britpop - it got me through my teenage years with an excellent taste in music and a hunger to continually find something new to listen to. Without Britpop I would have been sucked into the vortex of boy bands and girl power! Thanks for the memories!
Hannah Smith, Newcastle, Staffordshire

It was my University years when Britpop kicked off, the music complemented life there brilliantly. I will always remember the many club nights blasting out Blur's Parklife, and Pulp's Common People! I still strive to go to those clubs that play this music today!!
Darren Jarman, Manchester, UK

I remember seeing Blur, Pulp and Supergrass at Ally Pally. Everybody in the audience knew that something special was happening to British music.
Scott Dogg, Manchester

In 1995, I was just finishing off my GCSEs and in a bit of a transitional period music wise. In January, a mate lent me Suede's first album, and they became my new favourite band. A couple of months later I started getting into Pulp after hearing the album His n' Hers. They soon usurped Suede after I saw Jarvis Cocker interviewed on This Morning and realising how lovely he was. Pulp were on TV lots during that summer and I remember hearing almost all of what was to be A Different Class on their various appearance. The highlight was Glastonbury, of course and I wish to this day that I'd been there. Blur and Oasis were OK, I probably preferred Blur over Oasis. I remember listening to the Top 40 on the way back from a holiday in the Lake District where I heard the result of their single dual. I am lucky have seen all three of the big Britpop bands at one time or another - except Supergrass and Radiohead. The first time was Pulp's performance at Newcastle Uni in 1995. I'm still a Pulp fan, despite their current 'dormant' status - but whatever the Britpop bands do in future, I doubt that it will top 1995.
Rosie, London

Highlights of the summer of '95 were the Blur/Ned's Atomic Dustbin/Elastica show in Toronto (last Ned's show ever) and Noel and Bonehead at CFNY studios at Bloor and Bathurst when someone called in and asked Noel "If he's always been a *****, or just since he became famous." Best concerts of the year, The Charlatans and Suede, both at the Warehouse.
Christopher Dunn, Toronto, Canada

A legacy? - Oasis bequeathed Robbie Williams and had to give a credit to Neil Innes for ripping off a Rutles song!
Jason Parkes, Worcester
It strikes me that most of the best records that could be tagged Britpop are relatively ignored - the first two Suede albums and the first two Auteurs records. Even more interesting is the anti-Britpop trilogy from Luke Haines: 'After Murder Park' by The Auteurs, Baader Meinhof & 'England Made Me' by Black Box Recorder. I liked it more a few years later when everyone, even Blur & Pulp were depressed. Apart from Kaiser Chiefs and The Rakes- who nod to Blur and Pulp nodding to XTC, Bowie et al, most hip new bands these days (Interpol, Bloc Party, Editors, Bravery)nod to the post-punk era and acts like Joy Division, The Cure and Gang of Four. Britpop hardly registers compared to that movement and could be seen as just an example of post-modern intertextual reference...
Jason Parkes, Worcester, UK

None of the bands or sounds of Britpop have or will ever stand the test of time. Apart from some dance music, the 90s was a terrible decade for music - even worse than the early 70s. Britpop was a parochial phenomenon - it never did anything beyond these shores and was only liked by people who knew no better.
JL, London

I'll watch the programme, as I enjoyed John Harris's book 'The Last Party.' Saying that, the majority of the bands were poor and haven't stood the test of time. The exceptions being the work of Luke Haines (The Auteurs/Baader Meinhof), Pulp, and the first two Suede records. Maybe 'Modern Life is Rubbish' and 'Elastica' too. I find it a bit sad that Kaiser Chiefs seem to be resurrecting Britpop- which was a 90s movement that was clearly retro, borrowing from XTC, Elvis Costello, Madness, The Kinks, The Fall, The Jam & other bands who should be mentioned in context to Britpop. I could live without the cocaine-bonhomie, the self-celebration and the Cool Britannia bandwagon Tony Blair jumped on. Most of these bands made better records after the movement fell - 'This is Hardcore' and 'Blur' were much finer albums than anything at the peak of Britpop. As for a legacy? - Oasis bequeathed Robbie Williams and had to give a credit to Neil Innes for ripping off a Rutles-song!!!
! Jason Parkes, Worcester, UK

For me, the Britpop experience was encapsulated in 10 glorious days in the summer of '96. 3 mates and I had tickets for England's group games at Wembley, the sun was out, and we lived the Life of Riley for 2 weeks. Great music championed by the new Radio 1 DJ's - we woke every morning to Chris Evans and the Boo Radleys. Ash, Supergrass, Blur, Pulp, Suede Oasis et al were the backdrop to a hot summer of birds, footy and pizza. What a difference to the world I inhabit today...
Scott Craig, Portsmouth

I liked both bands (and still do) and didn't see the point of the media inflated battle between the bands. If forced to make a choice then Blur, but probably only because I saw them live in that summer supporting R.E.M and loved Damon's energy and the way he was trying to give out water to some very hot fans as the performance was during a heatwave. I remember the summer well as it was just after I finished university was my last long summer holiday before I had to start working hard and have responsibilities.
Kathy, Cambridge UK

Despite being firmly in the Blur camp, I actually owned albums by both bands... I kept quiet about that
Patrick, Anglesey
I was only 15 sitting in my bedroom in Mexico watching MTV when Pulp came on, the Common People video, I was static, it changed my life! Britpop reminds me the best time of my life, it inspired me, it changed the way I saw the world. Now years later I'm still the biggest Pulp fan and Britpop still sounds as fresh as it did 10 years ago.
Paola Williamson, Mexico/UK

Wow, this means I've been an indie kid (with a brief flirtation with goth around age 16) for over 10 years! Britpop (in particular Parklife) came along just as i was getting old enough to get fed up with Take That, and I remember issues of Smash Hits with both them and groups like Blur, Menswear and Ash in! As I gradually moved on to Select and Melody Maker, my interest in the genre reached obsessive levels, listening to the Evening Session every evening, notebook in hand, and seeking out rare singles every Saturday. Although my interest has waned somewhat (a job and life taking up too much time to still be completely obsessed with music!) I still listen to Xfm and go to indie clubs, and have formed a number of friendships online based on our shared music taste and age. Blur's music certainly has stood the test of time (I was always a Blur girl, still convinced I'll marry Alex James one day!) and Damon's work with both Gorillaz and world music proves a talent far outweighing Liam and Noel's MOR pap.
Vickie Cherington, Cambridge, UK

I remember sometime in 95, where every band on TOTP was a guitar/Britpop band, where every song in the top 5 was what would now be called "Alternative". For me, Britpop simply allowed great alternative music to cruise onto the mainstream. How times change. It really highlights what a depressing age we live in, in terms of music, politics and indeed culture.
Stuart, Ipswich, UK

My biggest recollection was the polarity of it all, Blur fans and Oasis fans actually refusing to talk to one another during the "Battle". Despite being firmly in the Blur camp, I actually owned albums by both bands... I kept quiet about that.
Patrick, Anglesey, North Wales, UK

My recollection is of the curious version of Wonderwall put out by the wonderful but bizarre Mike Flowers Pops which somehow overshadowed Oasis' version. I also remember Pulp's Common People which struck a cord as my boyfriend at the time was the sort of middle class person who liked to hang out with 'real' people. this included playing pool and smoking dope. Fine times!
Helen Exeter,

The summer of 1995 was the last summer I was at home in the UK, and what incredible memories it brings back. Being 17, and living near enough to London to be in the city whenever I wanted to be meant that I can't hear any "Britpop" without remembering that wherever I live, I'll always be a 17 year old Britpop kid at heart. Whenever I'm homesick, it's still the music I listen to in order to remember who I am, not who I've become.
Anna, Baltimore, USA (originally Kingston Upon Thames)

1995....I don't think at the time we realised what was going on, but we still remember the year as being the best for music. I went to my first gigs that year - REM, Radiohead, The Cranberries, Blur... I've been decorating the last couple of weeks to a soundtrack of Blur's back catalogue... and it's been fantastic!
Jane, Manchester

I was 17, Chelsea had just signed Ruud Gullit and Mark Hughes and Blur followed Parklife with the even better Great Escape
Chris, London
The Radio 1 Evening Session played a huge role in creating/promoting Britpop, Steve Lamacq and Jo Whiley had a real passion for the music. I was an avid listener and read Select magazine cover-to-cover. I was lucky enough to be 18 at the time and, for me, the Britpop explosion had the same energy experienced by our parents' generation in the 60s when the Beatles emerged. Think the likes of Keane, Kaiser Chiefs etc are doing a fine job of keeping this tradition up. My fave track: Pulp - Do you remember the first time?
Dan, Derby, UK

1995 was the year I finished school. I bought the NME each week and remember seeing the huge in-store display promoting the Oasis vs Blur chart battle. Still, the best album of the year was released by an American band - Tomorrow the Green Grass by the Jayhawks!
Nigel Smith, London

I have great memories from 1995. There was a real buzz around the scene; and I attended many great gigs with the most amazing and celebratory carnival-like atmospheres. As for albums released during 1995, I personally don't think any other year has come close to matching the depth of top quality releases. Too many to mention but Teenage Fanclub's 'Grand Prix' and Supergrass' debut 'I should Coco' really stood out.
Matt, Birmingham, UK

First hearing Oasis on the Evening Session. Dance music was then long forgotten
Steve, Manchester

The summer of 1995 still remains one of those golden moments. I was 17, Chelsea had just signed Ruud Gullit and Mark Hughes and Blur followed 'Parklife' with the even better 'Great Escape'. I can still remember where I was when I listened to the chart count down during on the Sunday afternoon when Blur beat Oasis to the number 1 spot. Just for a few short months, British music was leading the way in the field and everyone wanted to be associated with Britpop (not sadly Pop Idol now!) And still Chelsea managed to finish 11th that year - how things change.....
Chris, London, UK

..from what I remember (I was about 10) it was all pretty much created by the media, a big lie. This is nothing new when it comes to music, but I really can't see that very much good came out of this period short of 'lad' culture and the willingness to accept average music. Music, which gave way for the tat which we like to call rock music today - I'm not about to reel of a lot of band names, turn on the radio and you'll hear for yourself (excluding evil 'R&B' and the remains of what has always been awful European pop) For me 'Britpop' is a term for a period which an embarrassing time in British music history when people were fooled into thinking that their music actually mattered, when in fact it was a media fronted selling scam, which made a lot of people who couldn't even tap their foot along to the music very rich.
Alex Delarge, Oxfordshire

I remember music being so important to me back then, dressing in Fred Perry and Adidas retro jackets and enjoying my youth!
Emily, UK
I was 17 in 1995 living in Northern Ireland. My friends and I were into Britpop after grunge ended. The music was fun and original, something unique the UK could be proud of. 'I Should Coco' by Supergrass and 'A Different Class' from Pulp were a perfect soundtrack to my teenage years. My friends and I are having a 10 year reunion and I am sure that pulling out some of these tunes will go down well.
Brian Scott, London

I remember Britpop with such fondness and nostalgia. I was studying for my A levels in 1995 and the classic Britpop songs made my Summer holidays. When I hear them now, I am filled with memories of happy days, not to mention the fact that they were really good songs. They were songs that I was proud of, unlike some of today's very poor British acts, of which there are too many to name. I am glad, however, to see the return of the 'bands', who play and write their own music. But nothing will replace hearing the start of 'Country House' or 'She's Electric' for me though, to name just two of the great songs produced...I get goose pimples just thinking about it!!
Beth, Cardiff

Oh the golden days of Britpop, the music of my formative years. I remember music being so important to me back then, dressing in Fred Perry and Adidas retro jackets and enjoying my youth!
Emily, UK

Both Oasis and Blur now show that they deserved the hype and credit they got when they were at their height. Both bands have developed and Oasis' new album is as good as Be Here Now. Which I personally think is very underrated.
Adam Camm, Maidenhead

Oasis were the one band you came through the "Brit Pop" scene and went from strength to strength. Playing Knebworth whilst all these Brit Pop bands supported them, they were the yard stick and still are.
Matt O'Brien, York, UK

I totally disagree with all the people who continually say Oasis did not crack the USA. The first three albums had combined sales of 6 million in the USA. Whats the story Morning Glory has sold more than any of the Coldplay Albums, it shifted 18 million. The new Oasis album landed in at 12, not to bad is it?
kaz, West Midlands, UK

Britpop doesn't sum up the era enough...too many important bands were ignored in this period, Oasis and Blur were always important, but the Indie scene which surrounded bands like Elastica, Shed Seven and Ocean Colour Scene were far more important. Except for the 1960's it was the most exciting period in british music to date, who needs Razorlight when you have SHED SEVEN!!!
Bobby, Croydon, London

In this genre of indie/rock the past couple of years have been almost as phenomenal as my great memories of 94/95. I've seen Franz Ferdinand grow in stature during 2004; I could not even get in to see them at a New York gig, not even the scalpers had tickets! Their stagecraft has improved to the point where in 2006 they will be playing arenas and stadia.
Mark Kobayashi-Hillary, London, UK

It is very clear that all the names from the 95 era are pretty much done, with a few obvious exceptions that still have a lot to offer. British music has not sounded better until now when you have a great mix of new indie bands. This started some 18mths ago and suddenly the media is starting to sit up and listen to what most people already knew was happening. Sadily 10 years on the bouncing around for hours hurts that little more the next day!
Mischa Pakhomoff, London

Having watched "Britpop Now!" during Britpop night (for the first time since year 9 at school),I was amazed how good some of it still sounds-even Menswear who I remember as completely talentless chumps, they sounded very contemporary. Can't help feeling this must be depressing for today's bands to find they sound less revolutionary than the chancer's of last decade's scene. I'm writing this whilst listening to "Young & Lovely" by Blur and thinking what a cool time it was to be young. Sorted!
Ian, Shropshire,UK

For me, Britpop was a jingoistic and fatuous media construct which merely stopped bands like Radiohead and the Manic Street Preachers getting the attention they deserved. Blur's best work was actually produced before and after Britpop, and Oasis were and still are a one-trick pony.
Chris, Leeds, UK

Blur may have won the battle. Oasis may have won the war. Pulp out-lived and out-played them all.
Ray Thomas, Solva, Pembrokeshire (now Columbus, Ohio)

I was 9 at the time. I loved Parklife and What's the Story, as well as Urban Hymns. I knew all the words to Don't Look Back in Anger, even then -they just meant nothing. But now? I have All Change by Cast, Parklife by Blur, What's the Story and Definitely Maybe by Oasis, Hits by Blur, Urban Hymns, Liquid Skin and OK Computer. All of which I listen to regularly. For me, even for those bands that still chart, or whose members still do (ie, Damon Albarn and Gorillaz), the mid 90s will always see the best they've produced. Many still produce great music, but as good as then? I don't think so. I was pleasantly suprised recently when "The Importance of Being Idle" ranked as one of the very few post 1996 hits from Oasis that actually bares listening to. Don't you just wish they'd all gone gracefully??
Simon, Chester

Looking back.......PULP were excellent.....Blur......good...OASIS....apalling......things have gone from bad to worse since then. Coldplay are whingers and all their music sounds the same!!!
Glenn, Primrose Hill, London

Magalluf summer of '95 will always hold fond memories for me. Blur, Oasis, Dodgy, Pulp, Supergrass, Elastica. Lads riding round on Mopeds proudly displaying their Oasis t-shirts. Kopping off with girls to the sounds of Parklife and Live Forever. I was in my early 20's and getting fed up with manufactured pop bands. I had some of the best nights out with these bands playing their part. So what the press 'manufactured' the name Britpop. The feelgood factor was what counted and people just connected with the great music and personality of the bands involved. Thanks for the ride guys.
Kev, Liverpool, England

Bands like Coldplay produce music of much more universal appeal than Britpop artists.
Brian Sloan, Cambridge, UK

I wish I could have lived in the UK at that time. It was a real big thing that was going on. It was fresh! About Oasis and Blur's battle, I prefer Oasis. Blur was, of course, a very good band. They represent the britpop era very well. But Oasis were (and I think they still are) the Kings. Oasis were more simple, but, er, better! They had the power, and that was it. Nowadays you have great indie bands in the UK, and Noel Gallagher can tell you about some of the good bands. On the other side, you have Gorillaz. Sells a lot, but it's just not good. I prefer Blur. Well, I prefer Oasis. 1995 Oasis! cheers!
Pedro, Porto Alegre, Brazil

To me, Britpop is looked at with a bit too much nostalgia. The two best bands at the time, in my opinion, were Radiohead and the Manic Street Preachers, both I felt making a better kind of class of music than Oasis or Blur. And as for Oasis' legacy, I still feel Robbie Williams will go down in musical history far more than they will.
Mike, Harlow

While the Britpop era saw some pretty good tunes, the real music pioneers were those working at and releasing on MoWax & Warp. There were other smaller labels, but these two consistently put out some immense material and encourage fans to delve a little deeper into the past for their heroes, Silver Apples, Sun Ra, Can, David Axelrod etc...... A British movement to be genuinely proud of and revered in Japan, US, World Wide not just hyped at home!
Stu, Warks

Britpop was a tag invented by the press to help stir up interest in the stories the Oasis lads generated which the papers so loved to print in 1995. Great British music had been there before in the years leading up to 1995 with acts like The Stone Roses, Charlatans, The Cure and The Smiths to name a few. Britpop label or not I really enjoyed the likes of Oasis, Pulp, Radiohead, Suede, Manics etc in a world where dance music and PWL pop was really starting to take over.

Oasis really were the real thing. No stage school training, natural talent and attitude by the shed load.A songwriter with knowledge and respect of good music from the past which he blatantly drew from to good effect added to the mix. A healthy music scene also inspires people to form bands, back in the early 90s pubs and clubs were heaving with great unsigned bands before the turntable took hold absolutely everywhere. The current new wave of bands is also really refreshing. Now in my early 30s I'm back to buying as many new albums as I did ten years ago.
Jason, Lincs

No one seems to have mentioned The Stone Roses' comeback, they released 'Second Coming' in 1995 and followed with a tour of the UK. As a fan the first time around but far too young to watch them in their Spike Island days, I tagged on with my older brother to see them at Bridlington Spa aged 13!! So 1995 is quite special for me too.
AL, South Yorkshire

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glad to hear that Martin Carr of the Boo Radleys has survived Britpop. top bloke.

maybe now 2015 is over it's time for a t/s 2005 vs 2015 britpop anniversary media coverage poll

always got time for a Britpop poll

but only if it's absolutely chocca with attitude and top, top blokes


Donation by Will slaymark on 13/05/13

heads up!

which celebrity death you the most? [Started by help computer (sleepingbag) in January 2016, last updated 1 minute ago by help computer (sleepingbag) on I Love Everything]

sarahell, Tuesday, 19 January 2016 22:52 (eight years ago) link

I know I'm setting myself up for joke answers that go over my head here, but is this a real, worthwhile artist I need to pay attention to? Or just like an ILX meme?

Evan R, Wednesday, 20 January 2016 16:11 (eight years ago) link

the first 2 supergrass records are worth paying attention to i guess

ciderpress, Wednesday, 20 January 2016 16:26 (eight years ago) link

I haven't read 95% of this thread, but a ctrl-f seems to indicate that nobody has mentioned that it was started by a forum member whose current name is mocking the idea that a former member of Supergrass could have made a good LP this year - and nobody seems to mind. That would go down very differently on drowned in sound.

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sarahell, Wednesday, 20 January 2016 20:03 (eight years ago) link

Gareth Toombes, Wallington:

"The first half was all ours, but they always seem to do ok against us, but we showed more intent in the second half, & the first goal made us more relaxed, they have been a bit of a bogey side,& their young keeper did well."

smoothy doles it (nakhchivan), Thursday, 28 January 2016 17:53 (eight years ago) link

can someone with an active twitter account tweet gazcoombes the link to his impressive third place result in the ILM poll

smoothy doles it (nakhchivan), Friday, 29 January 2016 00:13 (eight years ago) link

last night i got 5 minutes into editing the album's Wikipedia page to reflect the result before i took a long hard look at my life

Chikan wa akan de. Zettai akan de. (Noodle Vague), Friday, 29 January 2016 06:51 (eight years ago) link

we wuz robbed

Gaz upon my works ye mighty, and despair (Neil S), Friday, 29 January 2016 09:57 (eight years ago) link

three months pass...

Stone Roses - Stone Roses: C/D? [Started by BrokenWitch04 in June 2004, last updated 2 minutes ago by MaresNest on I Love Music] 142 new answers

small doug yule carnival club (unregistered), Friday, 13 May 2016 15:33 (eight years ago) link

List of bands (x) whose songs have been sardonically dismissed as sounding 'like a (y) b-side' where band (y) songs have also been sardonically dismissed as sounding 'like a (x) b-side'

nakhchivan, Friday, 13 May 2016 15:37 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

So excited to announce the release of my new album World’s Strongest Man, coming out May 4th. Can’t wait for you all to hear it!

— Gaz Coombes (@GazCoombes) January 10, 2018

nxd, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 13:00 (six years ago) link

At the Gaz station
Gaz Coombes — also known as the Great Monkey Man from Oxford Town — first rattled the rock'n'roll cage as the frontman of '90s Brit pop band Supergrass.

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Here come the Bombs
Gaz Coombes
Hot Fruit Recordings, CD Rs. 395; LP 995
Rating: ***

Gaz Coombes — also known as the Great Monkey Man from Oxford Town — first rattled the rock'n'roll cage as the frontman of '90s Brit pop band Supergrass. Apart from their debut 1995 album, I Should Coco — with knock-out tracks like 'Alright' and 'Caught by the fuzz' — being the highest selling album for Parlophone since the Beatles' Please, Please Me, Supergrass was jampacked with the sheer chutzpah and loopy fun of the early Beatles. So it doesn't come as a total surprise that Coombes's solo record, Here Come the Bombs, sounds remarkably like a Beatles solo album, most particularly that of 1970s George Harrison.

The opening track, 'Bombs', is a lame-ish tickler. Perhaps Coombes is keen here to establish the fact that he doesn't want to be super-goofy any more. Thus the heavy strain of luscious strings that accompany the words, "I cannot see through the space and time/ but there's others over here/ you're not on your own."

But my worries about this being a Roger Waters tribute album are dusted away when I get to the dynamite 'Hot fruit'. It starts as a guitar scab that builds up and catches you like a fire. Coombes drives through a blizzard beat with "In the silence we move through the city of light/ I'll make my way through that look in your eyes/ our lives in slow motion like an endless dream/ I wonder where can the madman be". Great vocals, great guitar, great drums and fab bass — Coombes on all the aforementioned instruments.

The pumped up rock-pop takes on a similar manic form in 'Whore'. The heavy thuds of drum'n'bass have a prog rock signature. The melody isn't strong and after a point the song dissipates into general clashing sounds and chorus. Which isn't the case with the eerie, gaseous 'Sub-divider', a rhythm guitar strum rising above the fog. Coombes has a Billy Corgan whisper fitted to this track that exactly midway changes direction (and key) with surprisingly beautiful consequences. As he sings, "I found myself where only dogs survive/ I want to set this world alight", we share his vision of a beautiful apocalypse. Or at least a damn good mind trip lying on the couch.

In 'Universal cinema', we hear an injured big animal dragging itself along the ground with the riff of the Beatles' 'Come together' buried inside its DNA. 'Simulator' that follows is far more stimulating. Riding a fast-and-slow circuit in the song, Coombes has a half-shimmy hit-half-pumping chords rocker in his pocket.

The Spanish guitar strumming thing happens in 'White noise', replete with an MOR beat that flows rather aimlessly as Coombes tells someone that he's always tried to tell you "I've got problems/ that I can't work out". Try going easy on the reverb and lose the xylophone, perhaps?

It's 'Break the silence', which comes after the phat synth-soaked 'Fanfare', that has the bompity-bomp required to adapt itself on the dance floor once remixed. Is it just me or does Monkey Man here sound like Paul McCartney-meets-Bono?! Skip the filler ('Daydream on a street corner') and you're at the end with 'Sleeping giant', a lullaby you can put your pet monkey to sleep with.

Here Come the Bombs has a genuinely lingering sound that doesn't go away after a couple of listens — especially when you're listening to it on vinyl. But at the same time, there aren't any stand-out 'I can't get it out of my head' tracks either. But with Coombes swinging again — and this time unafraid to make music that's not always natter-fun — I'm keeping a look-out for when the Monkey Man's out on his next prowl.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 13:18 (six years ago) link

the second coombesing

Tony Charlton, Grimsby (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 13:22 (six years ago) link

I'm hoping the album title is not a reference to the Scott Walker tune of the same name but instead to the vein-popping tendon-tearing steroid-gobbling competition and entertainment series, a favourite TV show of mine and, hopefully, Gaz.

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 13:28 (six years ago) link

guitar... scab?

pee-wee and the power men (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 13:57 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

makes u think

Supergrass singer Gaz Coombes releases World's Strongest Man, his first new music since his Mercury Prize-nominated Matador, and it's addressing issues like masculinity, ego and anxiety attacks.

At first glance, an album called The World's Strongest Man seems to suggest a compendium of tracks from The Rock's greatest hit movies, but rather than being a celebration of all things macho, Oxfordshire singer-songwriter Gaz Coombes has decided to subvert the meaning, instead using it as a jumping off point to address topics like ego, mental health and masculinity.

The title was inspired by artist Grayson Perry's book The Descent of Man and subsequent Channel 4 series, which looked at how modern men are struggling physically and mentally under the traditional notions of manliness.

"I thought that book was amazing and illuminating and really important for men to read in terms of what seems to be an in-built way of being for some young men, to protect their territory and be the hard guy.

"It's just difficult, the world's closed up and shrunk and ultimately we're all just human beings. I try not to separate males and females, I know that it sounds idealistic but I do try to look at it like that.

"At first I liked it in the sense of, what if I was the world's strongest man at being a bit weird and bit rubbish at things? Being the greatest at being not complete, it's hard to explain but then I thought it was great, the irony of these ridiculous alpha males, who dominate and cause chaos for everyone."

Mahogany Loggins (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 3 May 2018 15:12 (six years ago) link

i know this might not be a popular view but for me he is our greatest living philosopher

hepatitis groan (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 3 May 2018 15:22 (six years ago) link

The Male Gaz.

Kanye O'er Frae France? (Tom D.), Thursday, 3 May 2018 15:25 (six years ago) link


lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 3 May 2018 16:09 (six years ago) link

four months pass...

Gaz Coombes (Solo)
September 23rd
Swedish American Hall • 7:00pm • 21+

sarahell, Monday, 17 September 2018 20:35 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

any socal ilxors want a super duper collectible, amoeba's got quite a swell one for you.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Saturday, 21 September 2019 21:59 (four years ago) link

maybe we can have stupid fun times by seeing how many gaz threads we can get atop SNA vs. Trump threads

sarahell, Thursday, 26 September 2019 18:03 (four years ago) link

I missed this important project yesterday

Fox Pithole Britain (Noodle Vague), Friday, 27 September 2019 18:55 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

brb, turning the car around for gaz coombes

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