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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:40 am 
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In the form of this list: http://www.nme.com/photos/46-quality-in ... 345815/1/1

who'd you add?

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I was looking through that yesterday and sadly knew them all (indeed 90% were covered on here at the time) but I genuinely can't imagine listening to many of them now. Having said that I still wish Ludes had stuck around because they were pwopah local sarf London monkeys (Penge/Beckenham/Camberwell/Brixton).

The funny thing is most current NME readers would probably see that list online (they wouldn't buy the paper, nobody does) and say "Of course I don't know them, I was still at junior school, grandad!"

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 2:20 pm 
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Some of them are still going!

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 2:27 pm 
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I'd say 2/3 of that list stands up now to be honest. Probably worth rediscovering some of it.

Round then, most of the music I was listening to came from these shores. Fast forward 10 years and I barely listen to any British bands. Can barely think of any I genuinely love these days. Weird ennit.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 3:47 pm 
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Blimey, my old band played with about a half dozen of 'em...

I do still occasionally listen to Harrisons and, more often, The Long Blondes. However, I mostly listen to Prog these days, like any other self-respecting, middle-aged man.


Oh, and hello, long time no see, etc!

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I'd virtually stopped going to see UK bands during this period. This list seems to confirm the soundness of my judgement.
The few UK based exceptions worth leaving the house for at this time were, for me, Country Teasers (who'd already been going since the mid 90s), The London Dirthole Company, Manic Cough, Snow White and, at the risk of inflating the ego of a certain contributor to this forum, The Bridge Gang. Of those on the NME list, I liked early Long Blondes, but thought they never reached their potential and liked the spirit of Selfish Cunt, if not their music. Expect there were one or two other good British bands in the first decade of this century, but I can't be bothered to think about it any more.

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The Manhattan Love Suicides

(most of everything else was shit)

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:49 pm 
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Thee SPC wrote:
Blimey, my old band played with about a half dozen of 'em...

I do still occasionally listen to Harrisons and, more often, The Long Blondes. However, I mostly listen to Prog these days, like any other self-respecting, middle-aged man.


Oh, and hello, long time no see, etc!


Likewise, except I'm not a middle-aged man (no offence to those that are, I look forward to being one, I'm just not one yet).

I loved looking at this list, reminiscing to my early/mid 20's and telling my girlfriend (who was a teenager during those years) stories about the glory years of the London toilet circuit while she sat nodding and kindly feigning interest.

It was an interesting time to be in a band though I think - Garage Rock had it's 3rd (and I guess it's most successful) golden period. The Libertines and all their 'bohemian' cronies were enjoying brief relevancy. Arctic Monkeys blew up massively overnight. Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party and co brought about the Gang Of Four derived 'angular' dancey indie, and then very shortly after came Klaxons, CSS and the whole 'Nu Rave' thing.

That was all between 2002 and 2007. I didn't like all of it, but it feels like that time was the very death throes of the 'pre internet record industry' - there was a bit more money within the industry reaching smaller guitar bands and they were being signed to proper deals for proper amounts of money (as this list shows). I wasn't in one of those bands, but I was around a lot of them and I think there was a slightly giddy feeling around - lots and lots of club nights, lots and lots of guitar bands, lots of bands (relative to now) getting signed and putting out albums within an industry structure that was ultimately crumbling.

I didn't like a lot of it, but it was an interesting time for 'indie' music.

That said, I think it's more interesting now, and there are more bands/artists I like now.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:37 am 
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Well personally I loved Long Blondes but from that list it's Dogs that stand out - dreadful name but I thought they were great

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Add The A-Lines to my little list of the best UK bands of the decade.

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Dogs were great live, Jim, I agree, though not sure the recorded music is great evidence.

And hiya Thee SPC - good to hear you're still out there, in the wilds of Cheshire. Give my regards to Tiffin. ;)

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Trev wrote:
The Manhattan Love Suicides

(most of everything else was shit)


Nah - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAtxbBASbRY

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 3:34 pm 
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He Who Hears Horses wrote:

I didn't like a lot of it, but it was an interesting time for 'indie' music.

That said, I think it's more interesting now, and there are more bands/artists I like now.


Spot on.

It was an exciting time, with the emergence of new club nights, waves of tiny 7" record labels, social media's rise with MySpace it really felt like something big was going to happen, nothing happened obviously, other than everything falling apart, but y'know...

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Bola wrote:
Trev wrote:
The Manhattan Love Suicides

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Nah - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAtxbBASbRY


Single of the year on SoundsXP if I remember rightly!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 3:35 pm 
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Vodka-Volauvent wrote:
Bola wrote:
Trev wrote:
The Manhattan Love Suicides

(most of everything else was shit)


Nah - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAtxbBASbRY


Single of the year on SoundsXP if I remember rightly!


And just about the only good thing they released. Maybe 1 or 2 other decent tunes. :-)

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 4:54 pm 
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He Who Hears Horses wrote:
[ ] I didn't like a lot of it, but it was an interesting time for 'indie' music [ ]


Always the way though ennit. Most scenes/periods/epochs whatever you want to call them have a handful of incredible test-of-time-standing bands, about a dozen excellent ones and the rest are on a gradual scale from 'niche interest to shit' via 'serviceable', 'ok' and 'forgettable'. Always has been. 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s you name it. Although I'd argue the Britpop era produced fewer great bands than most. What came out after it was much more interesting to my ears...

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He Who Hears Horses wrote:
The Libertines and all their 'bohemian' cronies were enjoying brief relevancy. Arctic Monkeys blew up massively overnight. Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party and co brought about the Gang Of Four derived 'angular' dancey indie, and then very shortly after came Klaxons, CSS and the whole 'Nu Rave' thing.

That was all between 2002 and 2007. I didn't like all of it, but it feels like that time was the very death throes of the 'pre internet record industry' - there was a bit more money within the industry reaching smaller bands and they were being signed to proper deals for proper amounts of money (as this list shows). I wasn't in one of those bands, but I was around a lot of them and I think there was a slightly giddy feeling around - lots and lots of club nights, lots and lots of guitar bands, lots of bands (relative to now) getting signed and putting out albums within an industry structure that was ultimately crumbling.

I didn't like a lot of it, but it was an interesting time for 'indie' music.

That said, I think it's more interesting now, and there are more bands/artists I like now.


I agree, in that it was a time when it looked like good bands could break through - the fact that there was half decent stuff in the charts seemed to pull expectations up around bands who'd never get heard now. Now, there's such a huge gap between the mainstream and the smaller, DiY sort of bands that you know they'll never chart in a million years. It upsets me to see the War on Drugs album being genuinely touted as the flag-bearer for independent music, when it just sounds like cheap MOR to me. However, I also agree that there are more good bands around now, even if their audience is about two men and a dog.

On the list, Long Blondes ruled! I had the Good Books album on a while back as well and it's better than I remembered it. There's some bloody awful lyrics on there though.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 5:14 pm 
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Anyone listened to Up The Bracket by The Libertines recently? I gave it a spin a few months back and it's still bloody great.

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Westie wrote:
Anyone listened to Up The Bracket by The Libertines recently? I gave it a spin a few months back and it's still bloody great.



I did play it several months ago and it's better now than it was then I think. Aged well. It'd be nice if the new album's much cop.

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Anyone listened to Up The Bracket by The Libertines recently? I gave it a spin a few months back and it's still bloody great.



I did play it several months ago and it's better now than it was then I think. Aged well. It'd be nice if the new album's much cop.


They're making a new album??

Genuinely missed that.

It won't be any good. Don't even begin to think it'll be any good.

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