Britpop: The Music That Changed Britain on Channel 5

Britpop: The Music That Changed Britain.

Sigh. More of your ramblings about your old age?

How dare you. I haven’t done that in at least a fortnight. Actually, I’m talking about a new four-part series airing on Channel 5.

Tell me more.

Dubbed the “Birth, Boom and Fall” of Britpop, this opening episode explores how the rivalries of Blur, Oasis, Suede and Elastica captivated music fans in the mid-1990s and helped make a slew of records sell.

Blur’s Alex James and Dave Rowntree discuss how a disastrous US debut tour prompted a much-needed overhaul of their image.

HeraldScotland: Liam Gallagher from OasisLiam Gallagher from Oasis (Image: getty)

The program features never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage of the band’s memorable Parklife video – complete with ice cream truck, jogger in a shell suit, twirling umbrellas and Phil Daniels as the sleazy double-glazed salesman.

Creation Records boss Alan McGee tells the story of how he discovered Oasis, along with boastful early archive interviews with Liam and Noel Gallagher.

Anything else?

Kind of a love triangle. Suede producer Ed Buller recalls how the band’s lead singer, Brett Anderson, was driven to chart success in part by his desire for revenge after his girlfriend Justine Frischmann of Elastica dumped him for Blur’s Damon Albarn.

Juicy. When can I watch?

Britpop: The Music That Changed Britain starts tomorrow at 9pm on Channel 5. Britpop: The Music That Changed Britain on Channel 5

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