Many folk have tried to re-write history and get sniffy about Britpop, that era from around 1994 – 1997 when just about every indie-guitar band snagged themselves a record deal, got written about in NME and/or Select magazine, appeared on TV to promote their latest single (usually on TFI Friday) and then found themselves dropped and in debt when the bubble burst in spectacular fashion.
Now there was a lot of really average, and in fact, sub-standard stuff, that became very popular in that era. I mean, does anyone really have a soft spot for the abomination that is Ocean Colour Scene? Or Cast?? (see that opening sentence above……pot calling kettle black!)
But there was a lot of great stuff such including from a band that was originally lumped in with the very early 90s genre of shoegazing. And no, dont ask me to explain what shoegazing was exactly – something to do with a bands inability to look at their audience when playing. By that definition, just about every band in its existence has gone through a shoegazing period. Unless they have a lead singer who is just a big show-off.
Fast forward to 1996, and Lush are now part of the latest genre dreamt up by the media (shame on you for this one Stuart Maconie). Although it was inappropriate for the band to be lumped-in with loads of acts with whom they had nothing in common, it did at least get them some daytime radio play, and in 1996, three singles in a row cracked the Top 30, including this:-
mp3 : Lush – Ladykillers
Its just a cracking pop song. Great riff, melody and lyric. You can’t really ask for anything more….
I bought CD2 of the single. Here’s the three b-sides:-
mp3 : Lush – Heavenly
mp3 : Lush – Carmen
mp3 : Lush – Plums and Oranges
The first of these is really surprising. One that I could have posted up and asked readers to guess who it was, I think most of you would have struggled (unless either you’re an uber-fan or own this partucular single). The other two tracks are equally well worth a listen without being as wonderful as the a-side.