Anglo For Your Ear: Travis’ “U16 Girls”

Prior to their 1999 breakthrough The Man Who, these four Scottish lads were scrappier, louder, and brasher – more influenced by Oasis than Radiohead. 1997′s “U16 Girls” was a fine example of their early stadium-rock sound. (Not coincidentally, their 1997 album Good Feeling was produced by U2 producer Steve Lillywhite. The Man Who was produced by Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich.)

Travis have grown by leaps and bounds in the 10 years since “U16 Girls,”, but it is good fun.

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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