05 July, 2017

Dreaming in Stereo for July 5, 2017 - All Britpop

It was suggested to me recently that I should put a bit more of myself in my shows, and talk more about my experiences having been a devoted music fan for far longer than I care to admit. And while my philosophy has always been that a good DJ lets the music do the talking, who am I to deny my audience?

I'm not sure this episode is quite what they had in mind, but it made for a good excuse to dig into the record collection (and keep myself from buying any new music - at least for one week). Plus, I finally found a place for that Teenage Fanclub song I've been sitting on for a while now.

While I try my hardest to eschew nostalgia, I do have to admit putting this show together brought back some fond memories: crossing the border from Detroit to Windsor every week to hit the Tuesday Britpop night at the Loop (back when you could cross the border that easily, and when I was in a position to make Tuesday night a regular club night), looking past the annoying ubiquity of Elastica's "Connection" (seriously, circa 1994-95 you couldn't get away from that song if you tried) because after a couple of drinks you could admit that it was really catchy, singing along with "Common People" even though it was the 456212754th time you heard it and it didn't matter because that song could, and would never get old (and truth be told, it still hasn't).

So as not to break the general tone of the show too much, the set's not a free-for-all dance party, but hopefully still enjoyable. Having only an hour meant a lot of groups couldn't get in, but all the majors were there (sorry, Menswear).

Blur - The Universal - The Great Escape - Virgin
Pulp - Help the Aged - This is Hardcore - Island
Elastica - Waking Up - Elastica - Geffen
Adorable - Sistine Chapel Ceiling - Against Perfection - Creation
Echobelly - Insomniac - Everyone's Got One - Rhythm King
Curve - Horror Head - Doppelganger - Charisma Records
Suede w/ Raissa - Poor Little Rich Girl - 20th Century Blues: The Songs of Noel Coward - EMI
New Order - World (The Price of Love) - Republic - London Records
Oasis - Talk Tonight - The Masterplan - Creation
The Charlatans UK - You're Not Very Well - Some Friendly - Beggars Banquet
James - Tomorrow - Whiplash - Mercury
The Courteeners - What Took You So Long? - St. Jude - Polydor
Teenage Fanclub - Hold On - Here - Merge Records

And even though I know I've posted it before and it's horribly outdated at this point, I can't listen to "Help the Aged" without thinking of Jarvis on Da Ali G Show: