Uncool Britannia: Radiohead’s ‘The Bends’ vs. Britpop in a Battle for the Soul …

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Pop is Dead, Long Live Pop

In the year of our rockist neoliberalist lord 1994, Britpop poised itself as music’s savior, though it was unclear who it was saving us music fans from.  Blur and Oasis, declaring modern life and modern music to be rubbish, set out with brash confidence to prognosticate their brand of distinctly British identity politics as the solution to this predicament. It was a familiar narrative seen a hundred times before, one that marketers and politicians would leapfrog onto in the ensuing years: exploit an ambivalently arrived upon sentiment

Article source: http://www.popmatters.com/feature/190886-uncool-britannia-the-bends-versus-britpop-in-a-battle-for-the-soul-o/

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