?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

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.

Comments

pollitt
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.
mollyringle
Jul. 17th, 2004 12:19 pm (UTC)
You're quite welcome. I just can't stop looking at the eyeliner one. Mmm.
pollitt
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.
mollyringle
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.)