Ongoing History Daily: The origin of the term “Britpop”

Back in the middle 90s, the big buzzword in the UK was “Britpop.” This became an umbrella term for a fiercely proud made-in-Britain type of rock music that included Blur, Oasis, Elastica, and a million other groups. But where is that word–“Britpop”–come from?

The first appearance of the word seems to have appeared in a British magazine called The Face in May 1994 in an article about Blur where they praised the band’s view of how the time had come for British pop, which they abbreviated to “Brit pop.” A few months after that, the newspaper The Guardian used the word to describe a growing renaissance in British music.

The real tipping point seemed to come with the use of the term in the first issue of The NME in January 1995. After that, everyone began to use “Britpop” as a catch-all for all the new homegrown music of the middle 90s.

Friday’s post was about dance monkey(s). I’ll explain.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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