Blur – Parklife (1994)

Parklife by Blur was my gateway into BritpopParklife by Blur hit me hard and as I remember it was my primarily gateway into loving the Britpop music scene. The song has a fantastic laidback mood with a great melody and of course the voice of Damon Albarn. Also the video to the song is great fun giving us the life in an English suburb. The lyrics also present the daily life saying:

I get up when I want except on Wednesdys

When I get rudely awakened by the dustmen

I put my trousers on, have a cup of tea

And I think about leaving the house

A fun way to show tell the story about a person with very doll life. Or maybe Blur what to point the attention to the huge amount of unemployed people? But this is as I see it what many Britpop groups do – tell about the life of people living “ordinary” life witch is more daily routines then exciting lifes.

Parklife was a big hit in my country and can be found on the album with the same name.

Highest chart position: UK#10

Blur was one of the most important Britpop bands


Dodgy – Good Enough (1996)

Good Enough by Dodgy is a classic Britpop songGood Enough by Dodgy is part of my BritPop period. I really liked the BritPop bands like Suede, Oasis, Blur, Stereophonics etc. taken all the new styles in music, clothes and attitude and so on in. Building on some of the classisc rock and roll traditions the sound of BritPop was just “Good Enough” to  me for a few years.

Although Dodgy was not one of my favorite Britpop bands the song Good Enough hit something with the easy lyrics and the classic Britpop laidback guitar style. I first met the song on a compilation cd (Shine) that I used to explore BritPop acts that I did not know at the time.

If you want to be Good Enough and remember some classic Britpop listen to the Dodgy album Free Peace Sweet. And Good Enough can also be found on the Sliding Doors soundtrack with Elton John, Dido and Jamiroquai among others.

Highest chart position: UK#4

The Britpop band Dodgy