Articles Tagged 'Blur'

A Maypole, for May Day (Photo: Bradcalkins/Fotolia/AP Images)

What is a Bank Holiday?

As a momentary respite from all that parading and shopping over the Labor Day weekend, let’s take a look at public holidays in the British Isles. Specifically, the tradition the British have of calling their public holidays a bank holiday, as if only people who work in banks can take the time off. Actually, the […]


10 Underappreciated Britpop Songs

This week marks a significant anniversary in the history of Britpop, as it’s 20 years since Blur and Oasis released competing singles (“Country House” and “Roll With It“) on the same day in a much-hyped battle to reach the top of the British charts, a battle that was won by Blur. This huge publicity event represented […]


Blur to Play Free Gig in New York This Friday

If you’re a true musical Anglophile, based in New York, you’ll want to get to Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night (May 1) to see the triumphant return of Blur—a key band for any true musical Anglophile—for their first headline gig in New York for 15 years. The gig is in support of […]

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10 Britpop-Era Bands Still Around in 2014

Earlier this year the British music press was full of features about the 20th anniversary of Britpop—the British musical renaissance kicked off by Suede, given shape by Blur and then puffed up beyond all recognition by Oasis. But one of the most interesting things about those times is that there is still a fairly rabid audience for […]


WATCH: Pulp and the Reunion Documentaries of Britpop

Yesterday, the trailer was released for the new documentary Pulp: a Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets, in which one of Britain’s finest bands gets back together, goes on the road and plays some very emotional shows, not least in their hometown of Sheffield. Pulp being the awkward cusses they are, the movie also features […]


WATCH: The London Underground Sings Blur

Wherever you go on London’s Underground, you’ll hear the sound of music. There are buskers banging drums, buskers singing plangent ballads, buskers huffing on saxophones and buskers crooning big band ballads (without a band, big or otherwise). And now it seems even the ticket barriers are getting in on the act. Take the fourth barrier […]

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WATCH: Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn End Britpop Feud

For anyone who followed Britpop in the 1990s, this news may come as a shock: Noel Gallagher of Oasis performed on stage with Blur’s Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon on Saturday. I’ll give you a second to pick your jaw up off the floor. In case you missed the heated ‘90s feud, Blur and Oasis […]

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The Brit List: 10 Greatest British Songs of 2012

Note: this is not a subjective list made by two members of the Anglophenia writing team. This is a statement of scientific fact. Despite what you may feel with your hearts and hear with your ears, there have been no better songs this year than these, these songs represent a colossal peak for in British art in […]

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Happy 90th Birthday, The BBC!

Today is the anniversary of the very first broadcast by the BBC, back in 1922. It was just a radio signal at the time, made by what was then called the British Broadcasting Company (it was later incorporated). Since then, no end of astonishing things have happened. I could list them, but you probably have […]

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The Brit List: 10 Weird Ways To Break Your Phone In Britain

Hey, everyone has a clumsy moment from time to time. And sometimes the only way to put that moment right is to call your insurers. However, it does take a certain amount of courage, when filling in the forms, to admit that your very expensive new smartphone is now useless largely because you’ve done something […]

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