Anglo For Your Ear: Mansun’s “Wide Open Space”

Another unsung Britpop band from the mid-’90s. Like the similarly dark, androgynous Suede, this band had limited success in the States. The above single, “Wide Open Space,” from 1996, was their only charting hit in America. It’s one of the band’s great ballads. Paul Draper‘s slightly nasal vocal, with its sudden and effortless shifts to falsetto, is as blissful and otherworldly as Brett Anderson‘s. But do check out some other Mansun songs: “Six”, “Stripper Vicar”, “She Makes My Nose Bleed”, and my introduction to the band a few years back, “I Can Only Disappoint You”.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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