Love in the 90’s is paranoid

So last night, I had a really REALLY hot dream. I’m talking full on erotic awesomeness. T’was most enjoyable. Who was my paramour: Ed? Ian? Jared?… No, It was Damon Albarn. Hmm

Don’t get me wrong – I still would. I had a massive crush on him when I was in my teens.



This was back in the mid nineties when it was all about Britpop and Oasis v Blur. I was strictly a Blur girl. They had some cracking songs: Song 2, Tender, Beetlebum, Parklife, Girls and Boys, The universal. And this:

Also, lest we forget he brought us Gorillaz and this awesome song:

I was never a huge Oasis fan. They had a few songs I really liked: Supersonic, Don’t look back in anger, and this still gives me goosebumps:

I was put off though by the Gallaghers. I just found them extremely unlikeable. It’s hard to be a fan of a band when they’re such twats. Kings Of Leon

So Blur split, and have reformed. Oasis have split for good. D’you know what? I was saying to people a year ago that Oasis should split and THIS band can take their rightful place:

One of the best songs ever made. Irrefutable.

So in honour of my little BritPop memorial, here are my top 5 from that era.

(Some of the vids won’t embed grrrrrr)

Obviously I didn’t know what the title meant at the time, just loved the song. Still do. (Brett Anderson is a local Haywards Heath boy too!)

So who didn’t love Pulp! Very hard to choose between this and Common People. In the mid nineties, there was still something magical about the whole Y2K  Idea and I remember singing along to this loads!

Aww I absolutely adored Ash. If I had to pick just one it would be this infectious slice of pop. You know you wanna sing along too…

This one very nearly made number one. As soon as I found it I realised I still know every word and it all came flooding back. Such a great tune. I have a specific memory of this. I think it must have been about Year 9. A group of about 25 of us went to Chessington World Of Adventures when we had an inset day at school. We sang along to this on the coach. When we got there, obviously people wanted to go off in groups and as this was in the days before mobile phones, we needed a way to find each other so we said we’ll just start singing the chorus


It was great because we got everyone else at the theme park singing along!

For my number one, I’ve chosen a song that has somewhat bittersweet memories. The Verve’s album Urban Hymns was on my CD player constantly one summer. Well not just mine. This was one of THE defining albums of the 90’s. I could have chosen any track but it’s this one that really stands out. I don’t wanna say “The lyrics mean a lot to me” Because obviously it’s Lucky Man but I remember we used to spend some of our evenings in the summer holidays at the skate park or the beach and someone would bring a cd player. This song reminds me of a time when everything was simpler, friendships were forged in stone, boys were uncomplicated and life was going to be ok.

Something in my own place
I’m standing naked
Smiling, I feel no disgrace
With who I am

Ok that’s enough melancholy from me!