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National Express: What Northern Ireland did for Britpop

 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:46 am    Post subject: National Express: What Northern Ireland did for Britpop Reply with quote

Nothing about the 1990s could have been so quintessentially British as Britpop. The clue, no doubt, is in the name. Britpop did more than just respond to its surroundings: it created them. The Oasis-Blur conflict of 1995 (memorialised now as some kind of local Desert Storm) lent an NME-friendly face to the North-South divide and re-garbled a familiar question: what exactly is happening to our class system? Meanwhile, the happy-go-smiley sop of bands like the Boo Radleys and Dodgy provided a domestic comfort that stood in direct contrast to America’s ever-growing assimilation of ‘counter-culture’ (** you, I won’t do what you tell me) into the fashionable norm. In a dark corner by the loos, whistle-tooting Madchester, gurning ecstatically from the Haçienda outwards, quite literally reshaped the face of the British party scene. But, for a decade that exported ‘Britishness’ in a way that hadn’t been achieved since the 1960s, ‘Cool Britannia’ emblazoned on the Union Jack like esoteric slogans at an away match, it was also a decade where not everybody was sure who exactly was British, and who wasn’t. In Northern Ireland, a series of failed ceasefires showed the world that outside of Kuwait and Bosnia, warfare-in-the-streets was still very much a Western pastime, even in the land of the Cool. For the talents of our beloved ‘Norn Iron’, the 90s would be a period of self-definition surpassing anything that the music media would drum up on the mainland, and would have an effect on the Britpop bubble in ways no one could have expected. http://www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk/2014/02/05/aboard-the-national-express-what-northern-ireland-did-for-britpop/
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