The 90’s were a truly revolutionary time for music and many underground scenes became household listening. There were worldwide scenes like Grunge and Rap that changed the musical landscape but in the UK we had something else. Yes we had Grunge and Rap too but we also had the Rave scene which included genre’s such as House, Hardcore, Drum & Bass and Techno, these became uniquely British despite the international influences. However, there’s one aspect of 90’s music we often overlook. Enter Britpop Of all the music scenes in the 90’s Britpop was perhaps the most British of all and it absolutely dominated the radio and charts. Britpop ranged in sound but was predominantly Indie bands who approached the music in a unique way that was often filled with a passion for life and having fun. These were the Bands you would hear in pubs and clubs all over the country, they became household names and most are rightfully remembered as legends. Others, however, kept the scene alive without reaching the dizzying heights of their counterparts. Dig out your Bucket Hat, Parka and Reebok classics and crack open a copy of Maxim while we take you through our favourite Indie bands of the 90’s. Ash Hailing from Northern Ireland Ash were a three-piece rock band fronted by Tim Wheeler. They had a heavier sound than most of the indie bands at the time but they still managed to have hit after hit as Bitpop grew. With classic singles such as ‘Oh Yeah’, Angel Interceptor”, Kung Fu and “A Life Less Ordinary” they were true contenders. Ash's biggest hit was surely 1995’s “Girl From Mars” and it remains a classic to this day. Ash have released eight albums and are still going strong today. My Life Story My Life Story are surely one of the most overlooked bands of the Britpop era and were certainly the only one to feature a chamber orchestra. They were cult icons and led by the charismatic Jake Shillingford and they carved out a sound that was uniquely theirs. The band championed a more classic pop sound but with a heartfelt sorrow. They had big hits with the likes of “Strumpet”, “The King of Kissingdom”, “It’s A Girl Thing” and “Sparkle” but sadly disappeared in 2000. They still perform occasionally today and pull good crowds but we would love a proper reunion. Here’s the video for 1996 single “12 Reasons Why I Love Her” Dodgy Dodgy are far more of a traditional Britpop band when compared to My Life Story or Ash. They had a classic Indie sound that harked back to 60’s influences with clean production and a strong pop presence. They really were the sound of the summer in ‘96 and ‘97 as they were on constant rotation on Radio One thanks to hit singles like “Staying Out For The Summer”, “If You’re Thinking of Me” and “In A Room”. Dodgy's biggest success came in 1996 with the single “Good Enough” which you just couldn’t escape at the time. This was a happy, good time Indie anthem that typified the time. Supergrass Supergrass shot to fame in 1995 with their feel-good summer anthem “Alright”. It was a tune that took the UK by storm and became a genuine Lad culture anthem overnight. They followed it up with a string of top ten hits including “Going out”, “Richard III”, “Sun Hits The Sky”, “Pumping On your Stereo” and “Moving”. As they matured so did their music and they became a very well respected Indie Rock band before their break up in 2010. Singer Gaz Coombes is still releasing very successful albums to this day. It’s worth noting that his 70’s barnet and massive Sideburns became a huge trend in the mid 90’s and a true symbol of an Indie fan. Cast Rising from the ashes of the band The La’s, Cast would become darlings of the Indie Scene. In many ways, lead singer John Power is regarded as one of Britpop's earliest originators as The La’s “There She Goes” became a sonic template for what the scene would become. As Cast, they would have some of Britpop's biggest hits with “Fine Time”, “Alright”, “Guiding Star” and “Live The Dream”. Their live shows were legendary and were once described by Noel Gallagher as “A Religious Experience”. They split up in 2001 but reformed in 2011. Here’s their biggest selling single, 1996’s “Flying”. Shed Seven There were many anthemic singles released in the Britpop era and Shed Seven were responsible for a lot of them. Shed Seven formed in York in 1990 and quickly went on to earn a big following for their powerful sing-along rock sound. The band peaked in 1996, a year in which they had more top 40 singles than any other group with a total of five. One of their biggest selling points, other than really catchy tunes, was their dedication to keeping a very English humour to their lyrics. This helped fans relate to them in a way that few other bands allowed. They parted ways in 2003 due to a disagreement with their new record company. They finally reformed in 2017 and released a new album. Here they are performing their massive single “Getting Better” on the most Britpop TV show of all time, T.F.I. Friday. Garbage If Dodgy, Shed Seven and Supergrass were Britpop’s happy-go-lucky bands then Garbage were very much its dark underbelly. Fronted by Shirley Manson they carved out a cynical and tough Indie sound that bordered on Industrial Rock in places, thanks in no small part to guitarist and producer Butch Vig. Their lyrics dealt with darker issues and their videos were darkly erotic and more akin to those seen for grunge bands like Soundgarden. Garbage had massive success with their self-titled debut album, which spawned five big hit singles including “I’m Only Happy When It Rains”, “Stupid Girl”, “Vow”, “Queer” and “Milk” Which featured Massive Attack’s Tricky. Their follow up “Version 2.0” gave them even more success before Britpop died down in the year 2000. Garbage became so big that they even did the theme song for 1999’s James Bond movie “The World Is Not Enough”. They stayed the course despite the end of Britpop and continue to tour the world and release albums with their latest release coming out in 2017. Pulp Jarvis Cocker has become a true English Legend. In many ways he was the true face of Britpop and Pulp’s discography shows that they really are among the greats. Intelligent writing and a sneering social commentary made them totally relevant for the Britpop era and beyond. Whilst they had been around since 1978 they really came to prominence in 1994 with the release of the album “His ‘n’ Hers” which featured their first big singles “Lipgloss” and “Do You Remember The First Time?”. This would be nothing compared to the success they would achieve in 1995 however as “Different Class” propelled them into the big leagues. The Singles “Common People”, “Sorted For E’s And Whizz”, “Mis-Shapes”, “Disco 2000” and “Something Changed” all hit the top 10. Pulp have gone on to become ambassadors for UK music and rightfully so. Blur Blur are still one of the UK's biggest acts so they need little introduction. Their place on the list was inevitable such was their impact on the Britpop sound. They helped to take it international and dominated the charts throughout the entire era. With huge hits like “Girls & Boys”, “Parklife”, “The Universal”, “Charmless Man”, “Country House” and “Song 2” they changed with every album and with them the entire scene. Damon Albarn became a figurehead and a hero to teenagers and young adults at the time with everyone wanting to copy his look and attitude, well almost everyone (More on that next). Oasis Obviously, Oasis had to top this list. That’s not to say they were the most talented of the bands but they were certainly the biggest as far as chart success and media outreach went. The Gallagher Brothers could do no wrong in the mid 90’s and their bad boys of Britpop image became an entire culture of its own. Lads in town were swaggering all over the place, flicking the V’s and getting smashed on cheap lager and Alcopops. So, it’s not all positive but hey they released some awesome music which is just as good now as it was groundbreaking back then. As soon as they hit the charts with 1995’s “Live Forever” there was no stopping them until their split in 2009. Huge hits like “Don’t Look Back In Anger”, “Wonderwall”, “Roll With It” and “D’You Know What I Mean?” were all over the radio and TV and their faces were in every paper and magazine on a daily basis. They were the archetypal British Rock band and we loved them for it. We can’t talk about Britpop without at least mentioning the Blur Vs Oasis singles war of the 17th August 1995. The media had hyped up tensions between the two biggest Indie bands for ages and the clever people at the record companies decided they should both release their singles on the same day. Now, Singles mattered back then and Blur’s “Country House” and Oasis’s “Roll With It” were set to be the biggest singles of the year. The tabloids had a field day with it and ultimately Blur won selling 270,000 copies to Oasis’s 220,000. Just read those numbers, nothing sells like that anymore. Feeling nostalgic? We hope you enjoyed our trip down Britpop lane, who were your favourite Indie bands of the time? There are plenty of great bands we haven’t mentioned so why not let us know who you think should be on here in the comments.