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The boys of Britpop

Last night we watched Live Forever, a documentary about the Oasis-Blur-Pulp-etc. music explosion of the '90s - namely, the popular music I love best, in combination with the New Wave begun in the late '70s. It was a lovely piece of nostalgia for me, since '95 (the launch of the Blur-v-Oasis hype) was when I first visited the UK and heard "Country House" on London radio; and '96 was when I spent 3 months in England and Scotland, doing little other than drooling over music.

The interviews with the artists were interesting too. Noel Gallagher was either completely obnoxious or completely hilarious; I couldn't decide which. Liam, of course, was a druggy-Ozzy waiting to happen. Damon Albarn seems sharp enough still, but rather bitter. Jarvis Cocker remains my favorite. He wasn't looking great--I wanted to comb his hair and get him a suit that fit--but he was soft-spoken, funny in a gently ironic way, and eloquent compared to most of the others.

I could say more about the discussions of Thatcher v. Blair, Blur v.Oasis, US v. UK, and so on. But really all I want to do right now is some picspam. Since the US stations like MTV didn't show much of those Britpop bands, and since internet connections were sllloooowww in the mid-90s (anyone else remember 14.4K modems?), I didn't actually get to see these guys much, whose voices I so admired. From this documentary, though, it was brought home to me just how cute some of them were.

So I went in search of photos. And, sure, when you check out Blur you notice the pretty boys--ones like Damon Albarn and Alex James in particular. (Damon struck me as a cross between Jude Law and Frankie Muniz.)

But, really, after gazing upon Jarvis a while, the others just look like young uninteresting punks. So here is some Jarvis Cocker geek-love picspam for you fangirly types.

Tight shirt in concert...can't go wrong there...

Artsy black and white:

Got to have one with the glasses:

And, be still my beating heart, Jarvis in eyeliner. Rrrowr.

I am damn tempted to make an icon of that last one. Mm-hm.


( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 17th, 2004 12:04 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness... it's been a long time since I've gazed upon pics of Jarvis *falls in love again*

Thank you.
Jul. 17th, 2004 12:19 pm (UTC)
You're quite welcome. I just can't stop looking at the eyeliner one. Mmm.
Jul. 17th, 2004 12:22 pm (UTC)
The first one. That tight shirt. I think I remember that one (I had a darling friend who would send me anything she could find on Damon or Jarvis... it was nice to be loved *G*

The eyeliner one is just delightful.
Jul. 17th, 2004 08:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm rather enjoying the tight shirt too. Ah, angular boys with long fingers! (That sounds pervier than I mean it to, but hey, Jarvis is a pervmeister.)
Jul. 17th, 2004 01:26 pm (UTC)
Memories! *sighs* Thank you so much for this post. And for sharing the lovely Jarvis pics. Yum!

I always was a Damon Albarn devotee. :-) I fell in love with him when I first saw Blur's "The Universal" video. One word: Eyeliner. :-)

Jul. 17th, 2004 08:38 pm (UTC)
Yes, I was definitely on the Blur side of the Blur-v.-Oasis thing. So cute and snarky.

Damon was in eyeliner? Dang, I missed that video! Saw very few videos at all, but still...
Got to love how the Britpop lads are so willing to put the eyeliner on. *happy sigh*
Jul. 18th, 2004 04:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, me too! Definitely a Blur girl here. :-)

Yes! M2 (aka MTV-2) used to show blocks of cool videos, back in the day....lots of Brit pop and rock like Blur, Radiohead, Travis. *sighs* Those were the days!

Amen about the eyeliner. :-)
Jul. 17th, 2004 04:26 pm (UTC)
Pulp are rather good live... they always do well at festivals as everyone anticipates 'Common People'.
Jul. 17th, 2004 08:40 pm (UTC)
Haven't seen them yet, dang it, but the film had a few concert clips. In one they were singing "Common People," and the whole audience was singing along. Showed a little of the video too. Looked amusing.
Jul. 18th, 2004 01:15 am (UTC)
I won't make you jealous then telling you I've been there, done that, but couldn't find a t-shirt I liked.
Jul. 18th, 2004 02:05 pm (UTC)
mm. he makes me moist in my crotchular area. :)
Jul. 18th, 2004 05:06 pm (UTC)
I thought the technical term was "groinal"... :)
Jul. 18th, 2004 08:54 pm (UTC)
If it's the gorgeous boys of British music that you're looking for, I always say you can't go past Coldplay and Travis.

The lovely Fran Healy of Travis:

(In the first pic, the guy on the right is the Travis bassist, Dougie Payne.)

And my personal choice for the person who is most deserving of the title of "Most Beautiful Man on the Face of the Planet", Coldplay bassist, Guy Berryman:

Sorry about my personal picspamming, but I just feel that it's my duty to enlighten people of the loveliness of these two particular brilliant musicians. ;)
Jul. 19th, 2004 07:54 pm (UTC)
Ooh, nice! I'd barely ever seen pictures of those groups either. I love Travis's music in particular, and gosh, sure is good to find they've got cuties in the band. :) The Coldplay fellow looks startlingly like Jim Morrison in that second pic...
Mar. 25th, 2005 12:27 am (UTC)
okay, this is gonna sound weird but... I googled for pictures of fran and the one you linked here came up, but since it's no longer working I only got the small preview that was saved on google... would it be possible to post them again or send them to me? because fran was smooching dougie, wasn't he??
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