WERE X BRITPOP?

So there has been much debate on the Nuis@nce Facebook group page about whether certain bands where or weren’t Britpop. So let’s have a vote! Choose below! Which of the following were Britpop?

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PRE-ORDER THE MENSWE@R CRASH VINYL NOW!

Friends!

Crash gets it’s first play courtesy of the Steve Lamacq show on 6Music today at approximately 4.30. Exciting, no? Exciting, YES. In the meantime, should you wish to pre-order your limited edition 7″ or cassette now, head on over to the Rough Trade shop – specifically HERE: http://www.roughtrade.com/albums/82823 and buy.

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MAY NUIS@NCE – MENSWE@R SINGLE LAUNCH PARTY! 

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Yes, it’s true. In the planning since last October, we’re actually launching our very own actual record label. And our first release? Well, it’s only the first bloody Menswe@r single since We Love You back in 1996.

 

In collaboration with Post/Pop Records, Nuis@nce Recordings is proud to present Crash ’14. Originally recorded as a demo and released as one of the B-sides of We Love You back in 1996, Crash was Johnny’s favourite Menswe@r song and has now been re-recorded, reworked and spruced up by Johnny with the new Menswe@r line-up. A transitionary release, this is a final recorded kiss to the past before moving on to…well, watch this space.

 

Crash will be released as a download, a limited edition 7″ and a limited edition cassette on May 26th. To celebrate, we’re having a party. FEATURING:

 

A JOHNNY DEAN DJ SET!

THE FIRST UBER-LOUD PUBLIC AIRING OF THE NEW SINGLE!

SOME OTHER AMAZING STUFF THAT WE CAN’T TELL YOU ABOUT YET!

LIVE BANDS!

NUIS@NCE DJs!

POST/POP RECORDS DJs!

 

MAY NUIS@NCE

FRIDAY 2ND MAY

THE BUFFALO BAR

Kick off: 8pm

Kick out: 4am

£4 ENTRY (or £3 if you click ‘attending’ via the Facebook event)

 

We play: well, you know the drill by now. Britpop! Lovely lovely Britpop. In all it’s incarnations. Suede, Pulp, Elastica, Blur, Dodgy, Boo Radleys, Cast, Oasis (if we have to), Shed Seven, Menswe@r, theaudience, Longpigs, etc.

 

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March Nuis@nce – 7th March @ The Buffalo Bar!

March 2014! Dog Man Star is 20 years old. How the FUCK did that happen? To celebrate, Suede are playing it in full at the Royal Albert Hall. Did you get tickets? Either way, to prepare yourself/make up for not being able to get one (delete as applicable) we’re having our very own little celebration at Nuis@nce. Well, it’s our favourite album, innit.

 

FEATURING: NUIS@NCE DJs! (obvs) playing the best of Britpop, though this time we’ll be chucking in DMS album tracks, b-sides and obscurities. Yes, we know we do this most months. But, y’know, get there early and we’ll even play some demos. And the proper full length Asphalt World.

 

LIVE MUSIC: ROB BRITTON & FRIENDS DO THE BEST OF DOG MAN STAR! Rob spent eight years pretending to be Bernard Butler in Luxembourg and then another six pretending to be Alex James in New Royal Family. He is in no way qualified to be playing at a Britpop night. Rob is a MASSIVE Suede obsessive. JUST LIKE US! He’s covered various Suede songs across a variety of gigs, and now we have him doing it for us. PLEASE DO THE ASPHALT WORLD. SOLO. PLEASE.

 

LIQUORICE RIVER: Featuring former Nuis@nce Band alumni Ross Liddle on vocals and Nuis@nce Facebook group favourite Yameen ‘OCS’ Khan on drums, Liquorice River say they’ll take us “on a journey fuelled by bitter nostalgia and sardonic sentimentality, stopping off along the way at junctions of 60s psychedelia, glam, dub, folk, indiepop, krautrock and interludes of both a cinematic and electronic nature.” Which sounds pretty fucking great to us. Listen to them at liquorice river.bandcamp.com

 

We kick off at 8pm.

The bands start at 9pm.

We kick you out at 4am.

Entry is £4, or £3 if you confirm attendance via the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/641651839240860/?fref=ts

Nuis@nce – Friday 7th March

The Buffalo Bar

259 Upper Street, London N1 1RU

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Where the fuck is Blurred Lines?

Ahead of tomorrow night’s Nuis@nce Xmas Party, Bobby and I thought we’d compile our first end of year list. Well, every other bugger is doing it. So, without further ado and in no particular order:

Suede – Barriers

Steve: Hit Me was the big pop song. For The Strangers was the proper, classic Suede epic. On the album, What Are You Not Telling Me was the justification-for-reforming-and-recording mopeathon, but Barriers was the Proof. On first listen I thought about it too hard, analysing the fuck out of every new note rather than just letting it sink in. On second, I was pummelled senseless by the chorus. By third listen it was FUCKING AMAZING! SUEDE WERE BACK BACK BACK! And still are. The live shows have seen the cracking new material hold its own against the back catalogue, and a band happy to dip into that back catalogue to not just play the hits, but to play the really obscure bits that made us love them so. Hurrah!

 

SULK – Flowers

Bobby: A perfect fusion of early 90’s baggy and Britpop, this 3 minute gem of a pop song effortlessly evokes the first Charlatans and Blur albums while never straying from its pop sensibilities.

 

Coves, Cast A Shadow

Steve: OK, the Jesus & Mary Chain as an influence is over-done and, well, not all that interesting. But Coves win by taking that Jesus & Mary Chain sound and bolting it to two Madonna songs – specifically Ray Of Light on the verses and Beautiful Stranger on the chorus. And jolly good it is too. Actually released in 2012, but, y’know, I’m a bit behind.

 

Telegram – Follow

Bobby: A rampaging juggernaut of a song that takes the Tame Impala template of Psyche fused with Glamrock, and puts a wholly British spin on it.

 

The Bright Ones – Does She Make Noise?

Steve: Sometimes you just want loud, fun, dumb, mildly derivative and EXCITING pop. This ticks all those boxes. The Bright Ones quickly became my new favourite band this year – so much so we booked them three times, essentially on the strength of this and a demo for a song called Dangerous that I will happily say is like Blur’s Sing covered by Suede. And no, I’m not being OTT or whatevs. It really IS that good.

 

Franz Ferdinand – Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action

Bobby: A stunning return from one of this country’s finest bands. Adding a hint of 60’s beat to their angular sound, this ranks amongst the finest racks in their 10 year history

 

Patrick Duff – Maria

Steve: Patrick Duff’s last two solo albums have been packed to bursting with the best songs he’s ever written. Why didn’t you buy them? Why? Go now. Honestly, you’ll thank me. Maria isn’t on any of them. He’s been playing it live a lot though. It’s like Summer (The First Time) by Bobby Goldsboro or Witchita Lineman. Promise. Instant classic.

 

Veronica Falls – Waiting For Something To Happen

Bobby: An effortlessly bright n breezy slice of summery jangle-pop.

Steve: I love this band deeply and without shame.

 

Temples – Colours To Life

Bobby: Again ploughing a similar furrow to Tame Impala, this shimmering psyche-pop number has a Phil Spector feel which works brilliantly.

 

Simple Minds – Broken Glass Park

Steve: Right, let’s get this out of the way straight off – the lyrics are utter fucking bobbins. I mean, seriously, they’re terrible. But the song is MASSIVE. Seriously. Massive. Proper widescreen synth pop. Probably the least cool song of the year, and utterly tremendous for it. It has a whooshy “BOOM” noise at the start of the choruses! What more do you want?

 

And that was that. Want to recommend us some amazing piece of amazingness that we missed?

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BUY YOUR MENSWE@R TICKETS NOW!

Here you go. Ticket sale link for Nuis@nce Presents Menswe@r, Patrick Duff, The Bright Ones & Nuis@nce DJs at Bush Hall. Well? What are you waiting for?

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THIS IS A THING! A GENUINELY HAPPENING THING!

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Nuis@nce Proudly Presents…

HELLO BRITPOPPERS!

It’s been ages since we updated this. AGES. We have been busy. Busy planning Things. It’s all good. There is a lot to look forward to in 2014. But let’s start with this: We’ve been hinting heavily about this one for a little while, so it gives us great pleasure to finally tell you that on Wednesday 26th March 2014 we will be putting on our biggest event yet. Following on from two sold-out charity fundraiser shows, Steve & Bobby are proud to announce that the rejuvenated Menswe@r will perform at Bush Hall with support from former Strangelove frontman Patrick Duff and our new favourite band, up-and-coming Britpop-influenced popsters The Bright Ones. We’ll be DJing between the bands as well.

WE ARE VERY EXCITED!

We love Strangelove deeply, but – whisper it – Patrick Duff’s recent solo stuff is even better. And we *heart* The Bright Ones so much that we’ve had them play Nuis@nce twice. Their Does She Make Noise is basically our single of the year.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, the 22nd November, at 9am via wegottickets.com. We’ll post a link on Friday morning.

There is a Facebook event HERE:

And you can always email us at nuisanceclub@gmail.com if you have any queries.

We asked Johnny Dean to write us a little blurb. He came back with this:

Frequently Asked Questions with Johnny Dean.

Why reform Menswe@r? And why do it with different musicians? Is it really Menswe@r?

I try to tackle these individually. I’m not sure if it’s really interesting, but you never know.

In June I did my first gig for about 15 years. I didn’t want to do Menswe@r stuff, so we did a Bowie tribute. My experience with Menswe@r the first time around was a bit chaotic. I was an undiagnosed autistic in a notoriously cut throat business surrounded by vultures, vampires and vagabonds. The nature of the music industry, the get rich quick and run ethos of the many non-musicians involved, well it attracts the lowest, most opportunist pissants out there. There are some good people, but they are like gold. Unfortunately Menswe@r were seemingly lumbered with some of the worst, most morally bereft, most self motivated chancers you could probably ever come across. I could count on one hand the people who were actually worth something, stand up people, they know who they are because I still speak to them. But everyone else? If I trod in them I’d throw away the shoe. Our record company guy, he was all mouth and ears, waste of blood, terrible human being, I wouldn’t piss on him if he was on fire. Our manager? Not much better. Utterly self motivated. Completely deluded about his own importance and competence. Full of shit. A bad joke. And mean as a snake. Me, him and a dark alley, and I’d probably wind up “doing porridge”. Add internal band difficulties that deserve a whole book let alone a paragraph, and you have yourself a volatile mix. So when Menswe@r split, I ran like the wind, and didn’t look back.

What tempted me back? Well I did the first gig as a benefit, a way to raise money for the National Autistic Society. I was still a little anxious about getting involved in music again, but after a couple of rehearsals with the guys and girls gathered together by Steve Horry I relaxed and let myself enjoy it. This led to the revelation that I was actually enjoying something that meant to be enjoyable, because the first time ’round that didn’t happen. The gig itself was so much fun that I regretted running away 15 years previously, I felt I had wasted all that time hiding and denying my nature. So I had this mixture of happiness and regret. Bitter sweet.

So, then we were approached to do another little show for charity, this time doing just Menswe@r stuff, I thought “Fuck it, if I’m singing, it’s Menswe@r.” Simple. Because people can moan about it if they want to waste their time, they can cry about it if they’re that unhinged, but the fact is that without me it isn’t Menswe@r, and with me it is. This is logic. It’s not rocket science, and at the end of the day if it upsets you then you’re probably in dire need of professional help. Besides, it was my band, to begin with anyway. So it’s mine to do with as I please. During those four short years Menswe@r went through line up changes anyway, it happens, look at Suede. It’s the music that matters in the end. And let me tell you, this line up sounds good, better in fact.

The plan this time is really quite simple. To have fun and hopefully entertain. I don’t really care about anything else.

12 Reasons Ltd/Nuis@nce in association with the National Autistic Society presents:

Menswe@r, Patrick Duff & The Bright Ones

Wednesday 26th March 2014

Bush Hall

310 Uxbridge Road

London W12 7LJ

Doors @ 7.30pm

Tickets £8 from www.wegottickets.com, on sale at 9am on Friday 22nd November.

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