Sunday, May 25, 2008

Rock Revival's Time Capsule (1995): Oasis and Blur Go Head To Head For Brit-Pop Crown

In the early 1990's Thatcher was long gone and in her wake Britain, or "cool Britannia" was again "swinging" with the popular answer to Grunge, Brit-Pop.

Mansun, Elastica, Echobelly, Sleeper, Supergrass, Primal Scream, The Auteurs, The Boo Radleys, Pulp, Cast, The Bluetones, Black Grape, Space and The Divine Comedy, the country was back on track, spawning the Third British Invasion and backing Suede's battle cry of "Yanks Go Home"

The zenith of Brit-Pop was arguably 1995; when two of the biggest bands, Oasis and Blur went head to head (with media support) to come up with the greatest selling single, an event even featured on BBC News

In one corner was Oasis' brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher representing the North of England


In the other Blur's Damon Albarn and Alex James representing the South.

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Both singles, Oasis' "Roll With It" and Blur's "Country House" were released in the same week and despite the bravado Blur won !

Blur selling 274,000 copies and Oasis 216,000 charting at number one and number two respectively.

In the long term Oasis were probably the winners in terms of popularity. (What's the Story) Morning Glory outsold Blur’s The Great Escape by 4 to 1 and is considered the definitive Brit-Pop album of all time.

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Images: Epic/Creation/Food

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